The Southerly Story

Here at Bespoke Southerly, our mission is to make beautiful, timeless, elegant cocktail dresses – just for you.

All of our dresses are customizable, which means you can get the color and details you want. The result? A dress that perfectly reflects your sophisticated style, and feels special whenever you wear it.

Bespoke Southerly is for the woman who follows her own heart when it comes to dressing, not just the trends. She invests in beautifully-made, quality pieces that will last season after season. She enjoys entertaining and attending parties, and wants to look put together and feel confident for every event.

All of our dresses are made to order in the USA. We only work with domestic artisans and manufacturers who take pride in their work and are just as excited about our mission as we are. Why? Because quality is of the utmost importance to us. In fact, our founder personally checks every dress before we ship to you. We want you to be 100% happy with your Bespoke Southerly piece, and cherish it for years to come.

Our Founder at a photo shoot with the Magnolia Dress in blush

Sustainability

Our founder has a background in conservation and cares about the environment. So, it was important to her that the Bespoke Southerly brand reflect that value and be socially conscious, specifically more sustainable. That is why we create pieces made to last as investments in your wardrobe and not throw away fast fashion.  We also manufacture made to order, so our partners in manufacturing cut one garment at a time, ensuring as little waste as possible in the manufacturing process and no excess inventory. And, we teamed up with an online reseller of deadstock and unused fabric pieces to sell left over yardage that we can’t use in future so it doesn’t end up in the landfill. And last but not least, all our garments are proudly made in the USA! This enables us to address the ethical issue of labor in the fashion business to ensure good working conditions and a living wage. Simply put, made to order apparel is more environmentally friendly and you can get the personalized details what you want.

Collections

The Bespoke Southerly capsule collection has five silhouettes and a common theme; classic glamour. Using fine silks and a silk blend velvet, the dresses include two full skirted options as well as a classic sheath, an A-line and a pleated skirt style. The dresses also have a variety of bodices including a scoop neck, a V-neck, a square neck and two strapless styles, which have either a tie-able ribbon strap or cap sleeve option. Two styles, the Ingrid and the Magnolia, require extensive hand pleating and draping, using couture sewing techniques to achieve the beautiful lines and shape in the bodice of each dress. Our skilled artisans create these dresses using techniques not easily found in today’s world of fast fashion. As the collection is inspired by a southern woman’s sense of timeless and elegant style, we named the dresses after flowers that flourish in the south. Our photographs have minimal retouching so you can see how the fabrics really drape and will look as worn.

Coming soon are additional custom options including styles with a choice of sleeve lengths and trims. And, we are developing a jacket design, an evening wrap and an evening coat so your dress can be worn year round.