Bespoke pyjamas might seem an indulgence too far – after all, there isn’t much close fitting involved and styles don’t vary a great deal – but thedecoration on them is another matter. Monogrammed silk varieties are the perfectnighttime luxury for many, a subtle hint of personalisation that, if worked by one of Britain’s most venerable embroiderers, has a story of its own. Betterstill, one clever designer now offers this service online so that the client’sonly effort is in choosing the design.
Olivia von Halle was a style forecaster who, while working in Shanghai, hadsilk pyjamas made in traditional 1920s style, for relaxing at homeafter a hard day’s work. Deciding that she could not be the only person whoappreciated their ease and glamour, she returned to London and last yearlaunched her range just as pyjama style became part of high fashion, though herclassic design will make perfect at-home wear long after the current trend hasfaded.
The single-breasted jacket is cut loose but curved to flatter the femaleform and teams with comfortable drawstring trousers or shorts. Made in China,in plain or delicately printed top-quality silk satin, there is fine contrastpiping on edges, cuffs, turn-ups and trousers, and some styles have pockets.The cost is £330.
The bespoke embroidery service is in conjunction with Hand and Lock, which has been plying its craft skills since 1767 and bears the Queen’s warrant – it was involved in thewedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Initials that match the pipingare the obvious choice and cost from £8.70 per letter – art-deco styles (from£17.90) and elaborate script, which entails removing the pocket and istherefore £40 per letter, are also popular – but Hand and Lock can create anydesign, including dates and family crests, which can be placed anywhere on thegarment and worked in any thread including metallics. Estimates and designs areapproved online – once agreed the service takes an average threeweeks, though for simple items a week is usual, so there is still time beforeChristmas.