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Clone Sheep Not Clothes


As I took a friend’s son shopping at a mall the other day, I was

appalled by the shocking cloning process running amuck in the

building. Each shirt looked just like every other shirt; each

skirt just the same. Although his budget and expectations were

low, I felt that I should give him a taste of true fashion –

haute couture.


First, I began telling him about haute couture fashion. Haute

couture is French for high fashion. Haute means high or elegant

while couture means sewing.


What’s behind the notion of Haute Couture?


Haute couture is now synonymous with the design and creation of

upscale, one-of-a-kind garments. Haute couture houses must be

registered with the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture in Paris,

and only 18 exclusive shops* belong. Collections are presented

twice a year, and each show must have at least 35 outfits for

both day and evening wear. Examples of these haute couture houses

are Coco Chanel, Pierre Cardin, and Christian Dior.


Since outfits are made from scratch specifically for each

customer, only haute couture can help you achieve the perfect

fit. Your clothes will never be knockoffs from other stores, but

originals just for you. The average tailored suit runs around

$16,000 depending on the material.


A vendeuse, an important saleswoman*, in the house will be in

charge of your entire purchasing experience from the appointment

on. She receives a commission from her clients and is more than

willing to help you with anything. Your vendeuse will be your

contact in the house. (Note: sometimes a video of the house

collection is made available to serious buyers to aid in their

viewing and selection process).


Not only do you get an exclusive fit, but you get exclusive

materials too. Because certain textures, colors and types of a

cloth may be reserved for one house only.


At the same time, the houses use only the most luxurious furs,

silks, cashmeres, and novelty fabrics. As they plan an outfit

they use toiles or sample garments, either canvas or calico that

can be adjusted without expense, before creating your masterpiece

in the best colors for you.


When wearing haute couture clothes, you are certain to carry

yourself a bit differently. You will walk with your head held

high, knowing that not only are you a unique person but also even

your clothes represent only you.


What about Haute Couture and men?


 Successful business people all over enjoy haute couture in their

daily lives. Especially men.


“Finally, it’s the guy’s turn to be fashionable!” said Gregory

Scott Reid, well-known speaker and three-time #1 best-selling



California native, Reid created this unique design when he

realized that Men's fashion was primarily left unchanged. Each

day he typically wore his shirt/tie/suit combination to the

office and for special occasions. However, he questioned why he

was spending exorbitant amounts of money on wonderful ties that

he couldn't show off.


 That is where the inspiration began. Reid teamed up with Haute

Couture Fashion Designer, Kimberly Mac. Together they were able

to take Reid’s idea of cutting ‘slits’ into one of his dress

shirts, and “weave” a tie through it, enabling people to not only

show off more of the tie, but also creating an original look that

was long overdue in men’s fashion.


“Why hasn’t this been done before?” asked Reid.


Original, first ever, never available before, Reid’s shirts

feature double pearl button cuffs and superior quality fabric in

Jarkarta White, Skyline Blue and Midnight Black. This woven

collar shirt, as seen in GQ, Ebony, FHM, SkyMall,  Washington

Post,  944, Skope and across the globe, comes to you from Mui

Fina at .


Welcome to a special group of people who dare to create a

movement. And a special ‘Hats Off’ to those in men’s fashion,

where change has been virtually nonexistent for decades. More

information on haute couture can be found at

and at  .


* "What is Haute Couture? Uncovering the business of

high fashion" by David Johnson. "Haute Couture Fashion History"

By Pauline Weston Thomas for





By Diana Barnum is a correspondent for Savvy Style News at  . She can be reached at (614) 529-9459

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