Shanghai Farewell Tour: Hand Made

Had a jacket made to fit my long, skinny arms and narrow shoulders. It fits like a glove.

Had a jacket made to fit my long, skinny arms and narrow shoulders. It fits like a glove.

Having custom-made clothing was always part of our plan for the China experience, but we kept putting it off because “we had time.” A few weeks ago we found out just how much time we had and put our long-delayed plan into action. A trip to the South Bund Fabric  Market, three floors of custom tailors resulted in Melinda having her favorite blouse duplicated, albeit with a few tweaks to improve it, and getting a dress custom-made.  I opted for a leather jacket. Then, as the second year of our “Shoes & Tattoos” anniversary celebration we both had a pair of custom boots made at Yan’ye Custom Shoes, on Middle Fuxing Road.

Custom-made gray calfskin boots painted with black tips, red piping and laces

Custom-made gray calfskin boots painted with black tips, red piping and laces

Melinda had hers made first while I was indecisive, but as the deadline drew near Melinda remembered all the things I said I wanted in a shoe and the result was this pair of ankle boots in Hutong Gray (A Beijing hutong, my favorite Chinese neighborhood, is built with gray bricks, has a dark gray/black tile roof and a red door)

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