It’s All in the Details
Couture is defined by the hand-work that it takes to produce it, and each garment has an obligation to be constructed by hand from start to finish. Couture houses have to abide by the following strict rules to qualify as couture: design made-to-order garments for private clients with fittings, maintain a workshop in Paris that employs at least 15 full-time staff members, employ 20 full-time technical people in at least one atelier every season and, finally, present a collection of at least 50 original designs to the public, both day and evening garments, in January and July of each year. At American Supply we celebrate the artisanal act of handicraft, working in-house by hand and with expert artisans on many creative projects, so we always look to the Haute Couture collections for artisanal inspiration at this time of year! Here are some of our favorites from the recent Autumn/Winter 2019 Haute Couture shows.