Designers Convert Bespoke Designs Into Direct-to-Consumer Fashion at Matches

BE MINE: Matchesfashion.com held an evening of Champagne and cocktails at 5 Carlos Place to mark its Innovators Initiative that saw three emerging designers translate their bespoke designs to direct-to–consumer pieces during London Fashion Week.
Designs by Central Saint Martins student Harris Reed and designers Francis de Lara and Marta Ferri were available for purchase via QR codes.
Reed has already racked up an impressive clientele that includes Harry Styles, Ezra Miller and Solange Knowles for his mixture of rock ‘n’ roll and Edwardian aesthetics, with billowing sleeves, exaggerated cuffs and blouses with silver sequin embellishment.
His pussy-bow metallic blouse and wide-brim sequin hat, both priced at 795 pounds, had sold out by Saturday night.
For Harris, this capsule collection marked the start of a new journey. “This is just a teaser to the world, to show them what I can do,” he said.
De Lara, who reinterprets motifs found in Renaissance paintings into bespoke eyewear, has also commanded a market niche.
“I looked at very traditional Renaissance motifs of serpents, ribbons and teardrops, and integrated them into my eyewear. I imagined Lolita as a Medici heiress debutante.” De Lara’s Eve frames, which are crafted in Italy, are adorned with oval-cut emeralds, tourmaline, cognac diamonds, pink sapphires and 18-karat gold cabochons and retail

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Michael Andrews Bespoke Acquires Kozinn+Sons Merchant Tailors

Michael Andrews Bespoke has acquired Kozinn+Sons Merchant Tailors.
The New York-based custom tailor will re-brand Kozinn+Sons, which has been around for over a century, and operate it under the Michael Andrews Bespoke label that was founded a decade ago.
This is MAB’s first acquisition in the U.S. and largest to date. The company has tried to expand into custom women’s clothing and men’s made-to-measure.
“Kozinn+Sons is a New York institution,” said Michael Andrews, founder and chief executive officer of Michael Andrews Bespoke. “In addition to the family’s multigenerational experience and century-old pattern archives, we’re particularly looking forward to delving further into the theatrical component of their business for which they have become so well known.”
Kozinn+Sons was previously named Saint Laurie but changed its name in 2017 after years of litigation with Yves Saint Laurent.
“Our heritage dovetails perfectly with Michael Andrews’ innovative approach and reinforces our role as ‘keepers of the flame’ for handmade custom clothing,” said Andy Kozinn, Kozinn+Sons’ third-generation ceo. “My family’s legacy lives on through our shared commitment to quality, craftsmanship and service. I am looking forward to welcoming Kozinn clients to MAB’s world-class operation.”

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Meghan Markle Wore a Thing: Bespoke Emilia Wickstead Dress in Australia Edition

Ever since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, the world’s eyes have been fixed on Meghan Markle — and her style. We’ll be following the Meghan Markle Effect™ with our column, “Meghan Markle Wore a Thing.” The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Duke Prince Harry of Sussex have had …

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