Bespoke property rights: who owns the pattern / last?

Recently I posted identical AskAndy and LondonLounge threads concerning the rightful possession of the design or pattern of bespoke garments and apparel. Below is an excerpt of my post: Perusing the bespoke section on the Grenson website, I came across the notion that the last is the customer’s “personal property”. This raises some intriguing questions …

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More Viennese tailors: Malowan and Netousek

In my web journeys, I have come across two other Viennese tailors: Malowan and Netousek. Malowan According to a 2003 Welt am Sonntag article, Malowan is described as being located on the Opernring and founded in 1823 by Maria Malowan, a shirtmaker whose detailed work was highly prized by ‘higher society’. In 1968 the business …

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Postscript to Knize

A week after I had posted my “definitive” (ahem) introduction to Knize below, I came across this excellent Welt am Sonntag article on former imperial luxury goods purveyors including Knize. Some fascinating tidbits from the article and elsewhere: Knize trivia Knize is pronounced “Knische” (apparently arising from the pronunciation of the family name Kníže in …

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Viennese tailors: A definitive web introduction to Knize

Despite living in the age of Google with ostensibly ubiquitous access to information, I have been often surprised by the lack of information regarding bespoke tailors – specifically, by the lack of a visual record on the cut and silhouette of the major tailoring houses that survive today in England, Italy, Austria and elsewhere. When …

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