Handmade Dresses Made for Special Days and Every Day
Many brands, like Sundress and British designer Juliet Dunn, turn to rural India to source skills for their handcrafted dresses. Artisans make up an essential part of the country's economy, and a vast network of expert artisans live in remote areas. A Juliet Dunn kaftan features eyelet detailing and rich embroidered patterns.
She Made Me, pictured, is an Australian brand that makes handmade crochet clothing in Bali, Indonesia. Some of the longer dresses take two weeks to craft and, as you can imagine, are made in limited numbers.
Another brand turning to Bali, Indonesia, for its skillful artisans, includes Tiare Hawaii. This brand also uses traditional dyeing techniques. Other brands turning to traditional artisanal dying include French brand Antik Batik and India-based label Banjanan.
Agua Bendita is the brand's main line of feminine luxury swimwear. The label's dresses and swimsuits are all handcrafted by talented women who work from home in Antioquia, Colombia.
Alix of Bohemia is the love affair of designer Alix Verley-Pietrafesa, a self-confessed gypsy-tailor who sources rich, exotic textiles from her travels to handcraft stunning bohemian blazers.
Antik Batik is a French brand embracing the Indonesian Batik dyeing technique and exquisite Indian embroidery. Find rich patterned textiles and a vintage aesthetic.
Banjanan is a clothing label making feminine print dresses using traditional artisanal printing and embroidery techniques in Jaipur, India.
Bell is the clothing brand created by Alicia Bell who designs breathtaking hand-block printed dresses. Made in India using soft cotton silk voile.
CHIO is a luxury fashion label designed by two sisters, Stefania and Maria Cristina Di Simone and manufactured in Italy. Expect high-fashion swimwear, premium textiles, and exotic lace trims.
Cool Change employ Balinese artisans who lovingly handcraft, hand-dye and embroider beautiful bohemian-style, sustainable resortwear.
Denimist is a denim label that hand-distresses its contemporary designs. Expect slouchy silhouettes and oversized styles made to exude comfort with a certain nonchalance.
Juliet Dunn is a British designer making beautiful kaftans and dresses inspired by her love affair with India. The brand works with skilled artisans who use ancient techniques to create clothing in beautiful colors featuring rich embroidery.
Magda Butrym collaborates with Polish artisans to expertly craft womenswear with strong silhouettes. Embroidery, pleating and plaited leather feature heavily.
No.6 was started by clog and vintage lover Karin Bereson. Her wooden-bottom, handmade clogs and boots enjoy a cult following in NYC where her boutique is based.
Palmacea is a Colombian swimwear brand known for timeless cuts and its use of modern nature-inspired prints. Handmade in Bogota.