The word “couture” seems to be thrown around a lot in our culture... so much so that teenage girls wearing sweatpants with the word “juicy” bedazzled on their butts call their clothing couture. But mass marketed and manufactured goods are the exact opposite of what the word embodies. “Couture” used to evoke beautifully crafted, high quality, custom made dresses made with the utmost attention to detail by skilled artisans. This definition is why we call ourselves at LS Slipcovers couture. It is what we strive to achieve in our art form, and what we want our customers to know and love us for: high quality, custom fitted, skillfully handmade, beautiful pieces.
It's important to understand what true couture work involves in order to appreciate the amount of work, love, and cost that goes into a couture piece. Studying and working in fashion I learned the true meaning of the word. Haute Couture is a highly specific term hailing from France, where fashion houses are held to strict standards in order to be considered haute couture. Designs have to be made- to- order custom pieces for exclusive clients and be created solely by hand. An haute couture piece would be made of the most expensive materials, by the most capable seamstresses, and would require several fittings to ensure a custom fit.
While we do not completely liken our work to a priceless Versace or Chanel gown, we always strive to create pieces that we consider custom “couture.” We custom fit each piece specifically for our clients furniture. We carefully consider details and fabrics for quality and aesthetics. All LS Slipcovers are made here in our hometown by skilled artisans, not mass produced or manufactured. In essence, we care deeply for our art, and want to see that love reflected in our clients’ homes.
Some people may still ask, why should I buy a “couture” piece? Why not get a ready- made cover at a mass marketed store? Well, as someone who has worked for a custom bridal designer, I often find myself comparing our slipcovers to a custom wedding gown. Let’s look at the amount of consideration a bride would take choosing her dress for her big day. Yes, she could go to a big box wedding dress store and pick a dress off the rack. It would be comparably less expensive, but that means cheaper materials and mass produced manufacturing. Cheaper materials tend to look, well, cheaper, and a mass produced dress would have to not give her a good fit, but also wouldn't be a unique, one of a kind piece.
A bride that truly wants her look on the most important day of her life to be something special could spend the extra time, effort, and money to get a custom couture gown. Like our slipcovers, the gown would be carefully designed with the clients’ tastes and preferences in mind. The style, hemline, fabric choice, and all the little details would be made to the clients’ desires. The piece would be custom fit to the bride’s body, just as our slipcovers are fit to our clients’ furniture. Then the gown, just like our slipcovers, would be handmade by a skilled artisan with incredible attention to detail, and the result would be a truly beautiful, unique, piece of art.
We would like all of our potential clients who are thinking, why couture? to imagine their homes and how much time, love, and energy is spent there. Why not take the extra effort to make your surroundings everything you wish them to be? Why not pamper your home and make it shine, like a radiant bride on the most special day of her life, every day.