Hello, I'm Polly Hyde the creator and owner of Japlene. From an early age I have always created 'things' ranging from stuffed animals to string puppets. By the age of twelve I was altering patterns and making my own clothes.
I graduated from Loughborough College of Art and Design, and went on to work as a designer and pattern cutter for Marks and Spencer amongst other top fashion houses. Later I moved to Oxford to work at the renowned and exclusive dress shop Annabelinda.
In 1980 Japlene was born and together with an experienced and dedicated team I have been creating bespoke, made-to-measure outfits for all ages and all kinds of occasions for over thirty years. We now have our workshop at 28 The Hill, Garsington OX44 9DG having moved from our shop in Headington, where we were for 35 years, at the end of 2018.
We specialise in made-to-measure dresses and outfits for weddings and any special occasion, formal or informal, where you want to look your very best. We design and create unique dresses based on your particular requirements and preferences so you have complete freedom to have whatever you wish.
Over the years we have developed a particular reputation for designing dresses for the bride's mother and the groom's mother but we also have a great deal of experience in all bridal wear including exquisite bridal gowns and coordinated bridesmaids' dresses.
In addition, we love creating dresses and other garments for other occasions and we love designing gorgeous ball gowns, prom dresses, cocktail dresses, any form of evening attire as well as outfits for special events like Henley and Ascot. Of course, we have all sorts of accessories to match.
We can also create lovely embroidered christening gowns, confirmation dresses and dresses for first communion.
We're also available to carry out alterations on any garment your might like to bring in and we can take the hem down or up, add a dart or pleat, or allow a little extra space if need be. We are also happy to undertake repairs to clothes as well as make up curtains and cushions. So if it needs a needle and thread, we have the expertise and experience to do whatever is required.
Please do have a look around the web site to see more details of the wonderful dresses we create and the other services we offer. Feel free to phone us if you have any questions (01865 361225), drop us a note via our contact page or simply drop in to see us Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 2pm – we'd love to see you. You'll find our full address and a link to a map at the bottom of the page.