MILAN–The idea of made-to-order is commonplace in Italy, where many times it costs less to have things like shirts or skirts made bespoke or made-to-order than to buy ready-to-wear from top labels who charge a premium for store openings and top management salaries. At Atelier Bergnach, a tiny studio nestled between Milan’s Public Gardens and the train station, tailor Elena Bergnach has been making skirts for about 13 years for Milanese working girls and glitterati.
Sourcing her fabrics from the silk capital, Como, or in India for more exotic jacquard and brocades, she works off of about 20 patterns, classic A-line, tube skirts, culottes and princess flair are some of her best sellers. Bespoke can be realized – with her expertise, the customers vision and materials – upon request.
“Every skirt has its own personality,” Bergnach said, noting that her team is poised and open to make any design possible, like floor-length or evening wear pieces.
“Making skirts seems easy but it is not. Every woman is different in terms of their hips and their waist,” Bergnach said.
HEADQUARTERS: via Tadino, 15 20124 Milan
AVERAGE PRICE: EUR100 to EUR350
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