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A truly personal gift – carved fingerprints

A nice gift, lovely in a frame in your baby room or as birth annoucement cards – found in Lori Danielle’s Etsy shop


Still drinking bottled water?

Think it one more time through:

Want to become a bit more sustainable? Drink water from the tab and if you need to take it along, get yourself a re-usable bottle. For example from SIGG. At cafe de press you can customise a SIGG bottle with a picture of yours, drawing of your godchild or your last holiday photograph.

I’d like to have one too, but I thought that this bottle will be shipped to me, which not only costs me money but also creates CO2 too. I think I buy one locally and get creative to give it a more individual look.

Just last Friday I ordered water at my lunch break instead of tab water – completely forgot about it! 3dl for CHF 4.20… sorry!


Tailor-made, customisation vs mass production

Following a comment on my post “Tailor made clothes, jewellery, handbag, sofa – the customised paradise of all the nice the haves” I started thinking about what makes the difference between tailor-made, customisation and mass production. My thoughts take the perspective of a client and I think that most clients think that the soon they influence the look of their product they think of “tailor-made”.

According to Wiki this client influence is limited since the product is not created from scratch, but I can influence the final product by choosing different options and modules = hence (mass)-customisation.

To boil it down

  • If a product is built from scratch it’s tailor-made
  • If I can add options and choose modules it’s customisation
  • If I decide to walk in a shop and choose a product it’s none of the above (what’s the name for it? Mass production?)

The wish list

Coming back to the post (thanks Danny) and the links, here are my thoughts to it.

  • Laudni Vidni: I came across it some weeks ago. I like their bag composer and all the possibilities – the bag shapes don’t do it for me (yet). Let’s watch how it develops.
  • Sole Envie: Being a woman who is very particular regarding the style AND the comfort of shoes I have some doubts about it. I have made several experiences that I tried new shoes on, walked up and down the aisles in shoe shops, but the soon I wore them for longer later – they would hurt me. Being not a Cinderella’s sister type of women; I would throw the pair with anger into a corner – if I pay for something, it shouldn’t hurt me.

And here’s the point I would like to make: I need beautiful, heeled shoes, that support my funny (not standard) foot shape, padded shoes – no seams that scratch me to bleed/blister and neither torturing me with their bench vice methods. Without trying them on, I do not have the confidence in getting the right fit for me.

  • Paragon Lake: Do I get it right that it targets jewellery shops/sellers? Designs are too rich for me, but I like it because it appeals so fancy to me
  • Create my chocolate: Interesting. As a chocolate processor myself (baking, cooking) I prefer to use plain chocolate and refine it myself. Be it like for home-made pralines, flourless-redwine-savoury-chocolate-cake, mole-negro and in general as a Swiss I think that ours is one of the best! If you look for a customised present (preparing for valentine), then you should try out Typolade.

  • Speaking of Valentine; get back your love-bird attitude by ordering LoveHearts for your sweet heart (no customization possible)
  • And of the course the already mentioned customisable M&M’s
  • Staying with food-to order; why not order your gummy bear and jelly beans in the colours and tastes as YOU like it? I would be happy only have red ones. Why is it, that I always like the red ones best?
  • This list needs something healthy too: mix your own tea mixtures with allmytea or Teemischen
  • Start your breakfast with your own Müsli
  • How about getting customised maccarons for our company, wedding, engangement with customised letters printed?

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  • And finally I shouldn’t forget our Zurich classic: Customised Truffles from Sprüngli with your company logo! Your logo can be printed or a truffle shape with your logo (engraved or raised) will be developed. Nice!


Tailor made clothes, jewellery, handbag, sofa – the customised paradise of all the nice the haves

Are you aswell tired just buying stuff that is available and not being able to bring in your ideas and creativity?

Inspired by an article at the TagesAnzeiger (german) about designing your own clothes I thought to expand this list with my collection of links and places I’ve ordered stuff.

The Suit

Just found this page (6th April 2010) of A suit that fits. I certainly try out their services next time when I am again in London! You can either measure yourself or get yourself measured with a fit guaranty (£20) in one of their offices or call someone in (for £50). I tried composing a grey white striped suit with pink (!) lining and a personalised name tag in it and arrived at £260 – not bad at all. But I need to see and touch the fabric anyway to make my final decision.

The Dress

Create your own dress over Styleshake, Dressbydesign or get crafty by sewing it all by yourself with VoguePatterns. I have a pending (…) project for a wrap dress and I have a really stunning fabric for it.

Show-off you shirt

I didn’t know of shirtsmyway.com and they only do men shirts (!) but I use Tailorstore since 2 years. They recently changed the designing function and webpage – it looks great! Over the time they have expanded the design possibilities – I just love to play around and compose new designs! Hey, I’ve you need inspiration drop me a line and I create you one. Just let me know to which color type you belong to.

Here are two of my shirts I’ve ordered via Tailorstore:

From shirts to T-Shirt; the article mentions Streetshirts, Customink, Zazzle and  I have used Shirtcity and Homeshirt for good-bye shirts for working colleagues. I also have Cafepress, Spreadshirt and Bang-on in my link collection. But didn’t use it.

Not custom-made but cool design shirts and ‘being-ahead-of-the-crowd’ are pages like LaFraise, A better tomorrow and Threadless.

Once in a club in Zürich I said to the wardrobe guy that I recognised his shirt being from Threadless and I have one (another) aswell – he kind of got a bit upset…

Walk with style

Going from shirts to shoes. I think every one knows Nike-Id, although I never ordered something there I liked it since my discovery (around 2006). But the real luxury and comfort lies in having welted shoes! Sadly, I seem only to find pages who over it for men shoes. All you dandy, elegant and classy men, try out Huwyler. And let me know how you like the result.

And if you need a final twist for your legs to show off; why not try handmade woolen socks (yeah, the real old way). At Netgranny you can get your own granny knitting socks for you. If this is going too far for you, why not try a subscription Blacksocks or the fancy version mentioned in the article.

Go classy and traditional

by writing cards again. Found Cardsink which follows the same vote-and-sell concept like Threadless (over SwissMiss). But pleeeease, don’t just write with any pen. Get a proper fountain pen. Like this one in pocket-size.

Tailor your bling – swing your bag

With a ring at Egocollection, apparently for the singles who would like to wear a proper ring and being proud of being single at the same time. Or start your own jewellery line at Julie and Grace.

Ever wanted to design your own handbag? Well, then try Elemental Threads and get lost with all the options…

After your newly designed handbag, that old laptop bag needs color coordinated or at least updating. And speaking of color coordination, don’t forget to include your mobile cover and protection. You should try these (random order): Velvet Idole, Ab Sutton, Mundfunk, Canvasco, Mobilebags, Designskins, Schtickers, Urban Retro, Vaja Cases, Burning Love, Tilly Moss, More-Thing, Ultra-Case, ColorWare. I tell you, I have a tick for color coordinating everything. My friends only roll with their eyes or call me babe when they see (again) that my mobile cover coordinates with my ear rings, handbag or lipstick 🙂

Staying with accessories; go over the top with Name Your Porsche. A working colleague is really into Porsche and I am thinking about giving her already her personal name tag. But $600 for a fun gift is a bit over the top, don’t you think?

Change the standard Ikea look

Don’t throw your sofa away, unless the springs are really worn out like with mine, get your sofa sheets updated at Bemz. If you’re unsure which fabric to choose you can order up to 5 fabric samples which will help you with the decision.

Going beyond or absurd – you should pimp your dog

And lastly, don’t forget to wrap your presents with a personalised ribbon at Namemaker or get something warm for your dog at Bonnie Dog or as I have seen in New York Pixie and Peanut.