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What It’s Like to Get Custom Leather Pants

Two Coveteur editors with two very different body types tried it out.

By: Jodi Taylor, Noah Lehava
Photography: Renata Kaveh

When it comes to staple items in our wardrobes, leather pants top the list for both of us. And yet, somehow, we have never come across the perfect pair for our bodies. Jodi tops out at 5'9" and describes herself as long-limbed and slightly curvy, while Noah is 5'4" (and a half!) and will say she has a big booty and small waist. So when Rosa Halpern, the founder and designer behind the leather studio Namesake, which has been a go-to for fashion elite to get custom leather jackets for five years, ventured into custom leather pants, we knew we needed to dial up our old friend to get a pair.

 

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What may seem like an overwhelming process was actually incredibly simple, and that’s credit to Halpern, who streamlined it to perfection. We arrived one afternoon to her Toronto studio, where she led us through our options. First, we tried on her sample leather leggings, the template for the pants we were going to create. Halpern measured our inseam, the placement of the knee, the waist, and our desired rise for our pairs. Then we decided on cuts (skinny, straight, cropped skinny, or cropped flare), fabric (leather, suede in black and a rich brown), closer (elastic, fly-front, front-zip, side-zip, front-lace) and hardware (options of matte black, chrome, or a brushed gold), and, if you fancy, added details like a lace-up leg, pockets, and belt loops. Jodi chose a high-waisted skinny in black stretch leather with matte black zip front and back pockets, while Noah went for a cropped flare in a black suede with a button front and pockets.

The fitting process only took 10 minutes, while it took us much more time to decide on exactly what we wanted. The struggle was real.

 

In two weeks we received our pairs in the mail, and they fit perfectly. Jodi wears hers with a white ribbed turtleneck bodysuit and her Jordan 1 retro satin black-toe, while Noah’s style dictates a plunge-neck olive-green tank and faux snakeskin booties, with an outfit change mid-shoot to a white tank. But, like a true closet staple, the styling options are endless, even with such differing personal aesthetics. It was truly one of the easiest processes of customization we’ve ever experienced. And that’s saying a lot. You can try it yourself by visiting bythenamesake.com or by making an appointment in Toronto or in one of her pop-up locations around North America.

 

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