Décor Dictionary: Prêt-à-porter & Bespoke

After our feature on Box Living and their prêt-à-porter collection, Snap, I thought it a good opportunity to explain this specific term and also its décor counterpart, “bespoke”… 

This Boardmans store is an excellent example of "Prêt-à-porter" or "Off-the-floor" furniture & décor items.

Prêt-à-porter:   is actually a term often used in the fashion design and retail industry meaning “ready-to-wear” or “off-the-rack”. When using this term in relation to décor, usually furniture, it indicates that the particular collection or item is not a custom-made item (i.e. something that is going to take 6 weeks to manufacture) but a ready-made, off the floor item that can be purchased straight away.

These "bespoke" chairs were custom-made by Moorgas & Sons

Bespoke:   is the British word for “custom” – it is also a term you will often hear in relation to furniture. This means to order a furniture piece individual and specific to your requirements and taste. Custom-made furniture usually takes a handful of weeks to manufacture.

Boardmans image via Elle Decoration.

Moorgas & Sons image via their website.


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Posted on September 5, 2011, in Decorating Dictionary and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Never to old to learn – that is a newbie for me (not the bespoke thing). Don’t you just LUV those seats from Moorgas & Sons – he is so clever.

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