By cutting out retailers and keeping overheads to a minimum, Undandy is able to offer personalised Portuguese leather footwear at high street prices.
The company’s online builder allows you to design every element of your perfect shoe – from toe shape to style to monogramming on the sole – which it then handcrafts and delivers to your door two weeks later.
The only hard thing is exercising restraint and not designing a pair of gold-toed, patent leather brogues.
Prices from £148, available at undandy.com
The White T-Shirt Company
With something as simple as a tee, fit is everything. If your pocket doesn’t quite stretch to custom designs, the White T-Shirt Company is an excellent alternative, giving you the option to tweak the fit and design of its T-shirts, from figure-hugging to boxy, capped sleeve to wrist-length.
Each tee is also crafted in heavyweight, organic cotton, so it won’t lose its shape after a couple of spins in the washing machine.
Prices from £25, available at thewhitetshirt.com
Shirt by Hand is one of a number of new online bespoke shirt companies that offer home delivery. But the difference here is that its tailors cycle to you for a 15-minute appointment, where they’ll measure you up for your perfect shirt.
You get to pick from a range of 120 fabrics and your designer will then help you choose every detail, from cuffs to placket buttons. It’s Savile Row service, at home.
Prices from £69, available at shirtbyhand.co.uk
Norton & Townsend
Getting a bespoke suit made takes a long time. First, you visit the tailor. Then you spend hours looking at fabric samples. Then there’s the measuring, the tweaking, and the final adjustments that demand yet more time away from your desk. Which is why Norton & Townsend come to you, talk you through styles as they measure you up, and then deliver a perfectly crafted suit six weeks later.
And because the company don’t pay for a Savile Row postcode, neither do you. Although no one who sees you wearing it will know.
Prices from £549, available at nortonandtownsend.co.uk
So you have a tight budget, little time to shop, and no idea what suits you. But before you hand over your hard-earned to a personal shopper who’ll drag you round the hell that is Oxford Circus on a Saturday, look to Enclothed. After a brief talk with a stylist on the amount you’re willing to spend, your necessities and personal style, they compile a box with the best picks for you.
The great thing about this service is that you don’t have to pay anything until you have received the box, and ruled out anything that doesn’t work. You will typically receive six to 10 items, consisting of three out-of-the-box outfits. That means a couple pair of trousers, a shirt, T-shirt, polo, footwear and a blazer.
After selecting your favourite items, the company just collects the bits you don’t want. And you wear what you do.