British womenswear brand Suzie Abbott specialise in bespoke shift dress-making in luxurious vintage and modern fabric.
“Bespoke” is the current buzzword in the ever-changing world of fashion as being the smart and more discerning way to buy fashion and unique, made-to measure garments are now coveted by professionals and women who find they cannot and more importantly, do not want to conform to the fashion industry’s ideal shape and size.
Suzie Abbott was born just out of this desire, though way ahead of its time; Sue Keeler met Patsy Abbott in 2011 and she asked Abbott to help measure and create a bespoke pattern which would fit her perfectly and enable her to make some business dresses for herself.
Keeler was struggling to find off the peg quality dresses that fit properly and she had a clear idea of the classic look she was after. The patterns evolved and they found they both really liked the styles they were working on. They soon realised they had a winning formula on their hands as the dresses suited not only all seasons, but also formal and casual occasions.
Both women have a love of vintage fabrics and started dipping into their own collections to create some unique dresses and also then started sourcing new fabrics which would suit the vintage-inspired designs.
They soon realised they were not the only ones struggling to find dresses that fitted their body shapes and lifestyles and soon started to create dresses for other women who approached the duo after seeing their creations and Suzie Abbott was born.
“We never buy off the peg dresses for ourselves now. We have spent so much time getting the perfect fit, shape, sleeve, neck line and so on that anything else just doesn’t look as good,” explains Keeler. “We have designed a look and style that works so well. It’s great to be able recreate it in different fabrics and know that it will be just what you want. You know what jackets and shoes will go with it and it makes wardrobe planning so much easier. These dresses are classic keepers, timeless dresses that don’t date and ultimately, they are so wearable.”
The pair behind the Suzie Abbott label go the extra mile for their clients, creating not only a bespoke fit but also in fabrics of their customer’s choice. “We really enjoy making our clients look great and feel amazing and that is our number one aim in what we do. If you are not sure what you require we spend time with you to see what works for you,” they proclaim.
And it’s obvious why this pair has the winning formula…