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The best bespoke services in the UAE

Stand out from the crowd by ordering unique pieces for your wardrobe and home. Louise Emma Clarke rounds up six of the best bespoke services in the UAE

By Louise Emma Clarke
1 May 2013 | 02:56 pm
  • Lots of places in the UAE offer canvas-printing services, but new online company Customyze has made it possible to design art for your walls in a matter of minutes from the comfort of your sofa.

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STATIONERY

The company Paper Couture Dubai
What it does Bespoke stationery sets aren’t just for the rich and famous – Paper Couture Dubai can create a set of beautiful personalised stationery just for you, as well as invitations, thank-you cards, address labels, stickers, stamps, tags, business cards, birth announcements and just about every other type of stationery you can think of.
The process Send an email to ask for a catalogue. If a design takes your fancy, simply email details of how you want it personalised. Some designs can be printed yourself at home, with the files sent to you via email within 48 hours, while other items need to be printed by the company, with delivery within a week.
They say Company founder Sangeeta Kumar D’Souza says, “I’ve been designing stationery for friends for years now, so I thought, ‘why not offer this to a wider audience?’ – and voila! Paper Couture was born. This was my chance to share my love for creating customised stationery.”
Cost From Dh60 for invitations you can print at home.
Contact Call 055-9562789 or email papercouturedubai@gmail.com.

FURNITURE 

The company Finesse Furniture
What it does Can’t find the furniture you want? Finesse Furniture should be your first port of call. It offers bespoke, high-quality furniture. The pieces have a unique vintage style that is hard to find anywhere else in the country.
The process Send an email with your ideas, attaching pictures of pieces you have seen and like, as well as a photo of the space to be filled. Then simply select the wood and other materials needed. The furniture will take roughly two months from confirmation to delivery.
They say Company founder Ed Singleton says, “Finesse Furniture was born when we were hunting for our own furniture and became frustrated by the lack of high-quality pieces available here. We started looking at what was available elsewhere and discovered the highest quality handmade Indonesian furniture that could be built to any size or style in beautiful hardwood. This kind of furniture was simply not affordable for most households when bought locally, but Finesse Furniture now makes it possible.”
Cost From Dh499 to Dh3,600.
Contact Call 055-2319205 or email info@finessef.com.

WALL CANVASES 

The company Customyze
What it does Lots of places in the UAE offer canvas-printing services, but new online company Customyze has made it possible to design art for your walls in a matter of minutes from the comfort of your sofa. The canvases are affordable too, with a large choice of different sizes, frames and effects.
The process Placing your order is easy and fun. Simply log on to the website, upload the image you want to print, then choose the size and frame width. You can also choose effects to jazz up your image (including black and white, pop art and vintage). You will receive a proof for approval before the canvas is printed and your artwork will arrive at your door approximately four days later.
They say Company founder Mehrad Yaghmi says, “We wanted people in the UAE to have an option to create fantastic artwork from their own images, rather than decorating their homes with stock canvases sold to everyone visiting a home-decor showroom. Why not make a personal statement or bring some memories to life on your walls?”
Cost Prices start at Dh150, which includes free home delivery across the UAE.
Contact Visit www.customyze.co for more.

CLOTHES 

The company M7 Bespoke
What it does If the thought of negotiating the maze of Satwa puts you off visiting a tailor for your office wear, you need to add M7 Bespoke to your speed dial. The company will come to your home or office to take measurements and discuss design, style and fabric, before creating the perfect suit, shirt or dress for you.
The process Call (or visit the company’s website) to make an appointment. Once measurements have been taken, discuss the style and pick from a range of high-quality fabrics, including pure wool and Bemberg silk. Delivery will take roughly three weeks.
They say Managing director Moni Nanda says, “We specialise in formal wear for the office – so whether you want a sharp suit and matching jacket for yourself, or a slick suit and set of shirts for your husband, we know what looks good, what suits people and which cut will complement you. This is not just a line in a brochure for us, this is our ethos.”
Cost Suits start at Dh2,000, shirts start at Dh1,200 for three.
Contact Call 055-6672647 or visit www.m7bespoke.com for details.

SHOES 

The company Italian Shoe Factory
What it does If you struggle to find the perfect pair of shoes, why not design them yourself? Dubai’s Italian Shoe Factory will create a bespoke pair from scratch, or copy a favourite pair that you already own. The service isn’t cheap, but you’re paying for high-quality craftsmanship and materials.
The process Make an appointment at the Al Quoz studio to discuss your design and have your feet measured. You’ll then be asked to choose the material and the shoes should be ready within four to five weeks.
They say A company spokesman told us, “We pride ourselves on the high-quality materials we use and have a wide choice to pick from, in many colours and finishes. We have leathers from India, Italy and France, for example. We can make shoes for women, men and children, so we often have clients coming in with the whole family.”
Cost The average price for a pair of shoes is Dh2,500.
Contact Call 04-3404076 for details.

WALL STICKERS

The company E-Walls
What it does If you want to transform a plain wall into something unique and eye-catching, E-Walls will create a vinyl wall sticker following your own design. Whether you want a sticker for your child’s room or something for your dining room,
the only limit is your imagination.
The process Send a message to the company through the contact section of the website with your ideas and required measurements. You will get a reply with suggestions and colour choices. Once your sticker has been designed, the artwork will be emailed to you for approval and the sticker will arrive within two days.
They say Lilliam Pollard, company founder, says, “I’ve created all kinds of stickers from city skylines and favourite footballers, to large world maps to cover an entire wall. One client emailed me an image of animals marching in a line, which she had seen in the background of an interiors catalogue. After a few emails, we had created the sticker and it was at her door within a
few days.”
Cost Dh200 per metre.
Contact Visit www.ewalls-s.com.

By Louise Emma Clarke

By Louise Emma Clarke