Written by Jan Engoren
We have even more local vendors to recommend for all of your custom, made-to-order needs.
Stubbs & Wootton
Launched by Percy Steinhart in 1993 in Palm Beach, Stubbs & Wootton, makers of bespoke luxury slippers, takes credit for making evening slippers relevant. Known also as “Prince Alberts,” the custom-made slippers are worn by Kanye West, the Olsen twins and the King of Spain.
Crafted in Europe using Holland & Sherry fabric or velvet, suede or linen needlepoint, the “bumper stickers for the feet” are adorned with animal, botanical or nautical motifs, sweater letters, flags or family crests, and are monogrammed in 18-karat gold and silver wire.
Clients can choose an image they like or convey a subtle message through the images they choose. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sported a pair of black slippers embroidered with the logo of the Commerce Department to a joint session of Congress.
The name pays homage to the English painters George Stubbs and John Wootton: “Both specialized in painting scenes of gentlemanly sporting whose influence is so fittingly tied to our eternal pursuit of elegance.”
These aspirational slippers can set you back from $450 to $1,000. Visit stubbsandwootton.com
“Come in with a concept in mind, and work with our jewelers to create the jewelry that you want,” says Seth Berman, owner of Provident Jewelry, a Florida-based store with seven locations. “It’s fun to have our clients involved in the process.”
From the rarest Paraiba tourmalines to exceptional Alexandrites to scarce pink or blue diamonds, Berman has cultivated relationships with jewelry dealers in Israel, New York and Belgium to seek out stones, of which only a few in the world may exist. Provident also specializes in selling bespoke vintage and estate pieces such as a Van Cleef & Arpels Zip necklace, crafted with diamonds, lapis and tanzanite in 18-karat white gold or the Big Aqua-Art Deco 147.82-carat aquamarine necklace with 6.44 carats of diamond accents ($385,000).
“True luxury is not mass-produced,” Berman says. “When a client creates a special meaning and memory that no one else has—a truly one-of-a-kind custom-made bespoke piece of jewelry—it’s truly special.”
Olive Oil, Four Seasons Resort & Spa Palm Beach —Chef Mauro Colagreco
Argentinean-born Four Seasons Chef Mauro Colagreco creates his own unique, bespoke blends of olive oil, working with l’Huilerie St. Michel, on the Côte d’Azur, France. The city is home to Colagreco’s flagship restaurant, Mirazur, rated No. 1 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant List.
This year he was also voted “Chef of the Year” by a jury of his peers and Le Chef magazine. He divides his time between France, Italy, Argentina and his new restaurant Florie’s, at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach.
Similar to creating a custom fragrance, Colagreco infuses his olive oil with Menton lemon, a physical representation of his French and Italian culinary backgrounds. Using Taggiasca olive oil from neighboring Italy, Colagreco creates signature flavors such as the Menton lemon-ginger olive oil he created to complement a prawn carpaccio with green apple and lemon purée. Other favorites include tangerine oil and a pink peppercorn olive oil.
“The particularity of this olive is its alarmingly sweet, artichoke flavor,” Colagreco said in an interview with Olive Oil Times, adding that it is pressed when it is mature, not green, contributing to its unique taste.
“We infuse the elements in cold olive oil and leave it to season for two or three months,” says Colagreco, who bottles his signature blends in containers resembling perfume bottles.
With his bespoke oils and signature dishes, such as oyster with tapioca, shallot cream and pear, or roasted Maine lobster with Mediterranean tomato and black olives with a cucumber honeydew salad, Colagreco aims to capture flavors and evoke feelings.
What’s coming in terms of new Colagreco bespoke products? Perhaps a bespoke spice—stay-tuned. Visit floriespb.com.