Bespoke History produces custom-made books that preserve and celebrate your history.

Testimonials

"Thanks to Tom and his team at Bespoke History my simple undefined undertaking grew into a much greater, and ultimately, far more satisfying endeavor." Read More

- Tom Gillespie
Family Book



"For much of my life I have had an interest in the history of my family. Fortunately relatives on both sides had carefully collected and saved photographs, documents and records going back several generations and had given me important information about my ancestors. For some years I had pondered how to pass this information on to my children and grandchildren in a meaningful way. At that point I happened to meet Tom Hostage of Bespoke History, another one of the many timely coincidences that have blessed my life.

Thanks to Tom and his team at Bespoke History my simple undefined undertaking grew into a much greater, and ultimately, far more satisfying endeavor. Even better, it was a lot easier and more enjoyable than I thought possible. At the outset a plan was developed to catalog the existing material and to identify areas where new research was needed, particularly on my wife's family. Bespoke History added new chapters and perspectives to my family history and basically constructed most of the story of my wife's family.

The principal product of this effort was, in fact, a book. However, it is not a dry recitation of family trees and biographies along with a few pages of photos, but a dazzling presentation of our ancestry and our lives. It is loaded with pictures, stories, pertinent interviews conducted by Bespoke and some general history to put the family in historical context, all of which are found on every page. All those who have seen the book remark on the brilliant design and layout of the pages in addition to the expert storytelling. - Tom Gillespie, Family Book

I would urge anyone considering a family history project to consider Bespoke History. The process will be enjoyable and the product superb."

- Tom Gillespie
Family Book

"I just received the Bespoke History book that Tom Hostage created for me and it has surpassed my wildest expectations." Read More

- Michael Danziger
The Steppingstone Foundation



"I just received the Bespoke History book that Tom Hostage created for me and it has surpassed my wildest expectations. It captures the spirit, mission and values that drive Steppingstone. Tom has created a compelling work of art that combines images, interviews and text to tell the story. Not only is the final product amazing, but the entire process was joy. No detail or effort was spared, and I knew the whole time that I would get just what I wanted. Even still, I was blown away when I opened the book. Bespoke History is in a class by itself."

- Michael Danziger
The Steppingstone Foundation

"Wow. That's all I can say. What an amazing job Bespoke History did on that book!" Read More

- John Simon
The Steppingstone Foundation



"Wow. That's all I can say. What an amazing job Bespoke History did on that book! Everything…the layout, the research, the letters from so many people who were a part of our story, the minute texture they lent to the book with notes, correspondence, and other materials many of us would have otherwise overlooked, was so effective and made the book so much more appealing to those of us who were part of the Steppingstone Story.

The people they tracked down and the narrative itself made the book come alive for me and so many others. It brought back all the memories as if they happened yesterday. I cannot thank Bespoke History enough for producing this book. Hopefully, it will inspire all who read it to do more to help their fellow man.

Thank you, Bespoke History, for an unbelievable, and faithful, account of a story that is dear to our hearts. What an incredible job!"

- - John Simon
The Steppingstone Foundation

"You have created a family treasure." Read More

- Ken Taylor
Family Book



"The book is wonderful! Caroline and I just spent some time just leafing through the pages, enjoying the feel of the paper and reading excerpts from our family's past. You have created a family treasure.

It was been a wonderful experience working with Bespoke History on this project. In the process, Tom Hostage became a true friend, and we feel as though he is a part of our extended family. We never imagined that we would enjoy the process as much as we did. The commitment, energy and enthusiasm of Tom and the entire team at Bespoke History pulled all of us along."

- Ken Taylor
Family Book

"...the printed pages were really works of art as the illustrations, graphics and photographs just jumped off the page." Read More

- David Jones (Taylor cousin)
Family Book



"The book is wonderful! Caroline and I just spent some time just leafing through the pages, enjoying the feel of the paper and reading excerpts from our family's past. You have created a family treasure.

"I finally had to put the book down in order to write this note. It gets my vote as the personal history book of the decade! Technically, the printed pages were really works of art as the illustrations, graphics and photographs just jumped off the page. The color registration, binding, hard cover and dust jacket were flawless. It has been a long time since I have see such true craftsmanship.

Literally, the text is extremely well written. It moved from chapter to chapter so seamlessly and through each chapter so smoothly that I stayed focused on the story not the text, which indicates the work of great writing to me. Kudos to Bespoke History!"

- David Jones (Taylor cousin)
Family Book

"It really is a work of art, and a labor of love." Read More

- Stephanie Oddleifson
Family Book


"Our grandfather died when my father was only 4 years old. He had emigrated from Iceland as a young boy. But due to his early death, my dad grew up unconnected to his Icelandic heritage and family, and my siblings and I knew very little about our grandfather. With precise attention to detail and an extraordinary ability to craft a narrative, Tom pulled together the bits and pieces of information that were scattered throughout our households, in boxes and cabinets and files and envelopes. He supplemented all this with some research of his own, organized a huge amount of material, and told the story of my grandfather's life, in amazing format. What he ultimately produced was not some boring old reference book that would sit on a dusty shelf, but a really appealing book that I am proud to display in my living room. The narrative is strengthened by carefully chosen photographs, maps, diary entries, personal letters, and other primary sources all tied together with a comprehensive family tree in the back of the book. It really is a work of art, and a labor of love."

- Stephanie Oddleifson
Family Book

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"Tom's grasp of the feelings and relationships of these boys and men was unique. He truly became one of us." Read More

- Fred Bloom
Director of the Epsilon Alumni Association of Sigma Phi



"Many of us from Sigma Phi worked with Tom Hostage and Bespoke History to produce the book to commemorate Sigma Phi's history at Cornell University. Tom's grasp of the feelings and relationships of these boys and men was unique. He truly became one of us. The professional presentation of the final book was outstanding. Please tell anyone that I enthusiastically endorse and recommend Bespoke History's approach and workmanship."

- Fred Bloom
Director of the Epsilon Alumni Association of Sigma Phi

"I am proud to have played a role in working with Bespoke History to create this masterpiece." Read More

- Frank Betley
President, Epsilon Alumni Association of Sigma Phi



"The understanding of our history and culture which Tom Hostage developed during the book creation process is truly amazing and is a wonderful gift that all of us can sahre through its publication. I am proud to have played a role in working with Bespoke"

- Frank Betley
President, Epsilon Alumni Association of Sigma Phi

"This is an UNBELIEVABLE WORK!!!I am so pleased that we decided to move forward with this project. Bespoke History and the alumni association should be very proud of this effort!"

- Andre Jaeckle
member of the Sigma Phi – Cornell '77


"Tom Hostage and the folks at Bespoke History worked a minor miracle for us...We couldn't be more pleased." Read More

- Louis Lataif
Photo Book



"Tom Hostage and the folks at Bespoke History worked a minor miracle for us, replicating sixty-six family photo albums (spanning more than 45 years) in record time. They were responsive to our every request and produced a thoroughly professional finished product that will inform, inspire, and entertain our children, grandchildren, and generations to follow. We couldn't be more pleased."

- Louis Lataif
Photo Book

"I don't know whether to be more impressed with the thoroughness and color of the research or the jaw-dropping beauty of Bespoke's supporting art strategies." Read More

Mike Imirie, principal
Wordsmith LLC Troy, Michigan



"I've had the pleasure of seeing a number of Bespoke projects at close quarters. I don't know whether to be more impressed with the thoroughness and color of the research or the jaw-dropping beauty of Bespoke's supporting art strategies.

I do know that the impression left on readers – Bespoke clients and prospectives, alike - is equal measure 1) faithful history, 2) personal enrichment and 3) publishing quality at a zenith."

Mike Imirie, principal
Wordsmith LLC Troy, Michigan

"...an engaging, vivid and colorful book that far exceeded my expectations" Read More

Christopher Oddleifson
Family Book


"The Bespoke History team fully briefed themselves on Icelandic history and our family's story of emigrating to Canada and then on to the United States - made more difficult by Icelandic naming patterns and the nuances of the language - and crafted a visually beautiful book with prose that matches the images in their beauty This book will keep our family history alive for many generations. Working with the Bespoke team and its founder, Tom Hostage, was wonderfully collaborative, and I highly recommend them to anyone who is passionate about preserving their family history."

Christopher Oddleifson
Family Book

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