MEET THE DESIGNER: A LA ROBE

TO ME, ONE OF THE MORE IMPORTANT FACTORS IN CHOOSING DESIGNERS IS, SIMPLY, HOW WE JIVE WITH ONE ANOTHER. NOT ONLY ARE OUR DESIGNERS INCREDIBLY IMAGINATIVE, CREATIVE, AND FORWARD THINKING; THEY'RE ALSO DAMN FINE HUMAN BEINGS. AND YOU SHOULD KNOW ALL ABOUT THAT! SO, I PRESENT TO YOU A NEW BLOG FEATURE: MEET THE DESIGNER.  HERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE DRESSES YOU CAN FIND AT GLITTER & GRIT, AND SEE FOR YOURSELF WHY WE LOVE WORKING WITH THEM SO MUCH!

WE'LL START THIS NEW FEATURE WITH OUR RECENTLY ADDED PERMANENT COLLECTION DESIGNER, A LA ROBE. YOU'VE MAYBE SEEN A LITTLE ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT THESE SIMPLE, DREAMY, BOHO WEDDING DRESSES... DESIGNER ELIZABETH IS AN ENERGETIC, SWEET, AND FUN WOMAN FROM NEW ZEALAND, WHOM I HAD THE PLEASURE TO MEET AT BRIDAL MARKET LAST YEAR. I INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE. WITH HER, AND WITH HER DESIGNS.  READ ON!

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DESIGN WEDDING DRESSES?

I LOVE LONG DRESSES AND SKIRTS, AND WAS MAKING THEM FOR A BOUTIQUE... EVERYONE STARTED ASKING IF THEY CAME IN WHITE, SO THAT THEY COULD WEAR THEM AS WEDDING OUTFITS. SO I STARTED LIKE THAT!!

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I JUST ALREADY HAVE A LONG LIST IN MY HEAD OF DREAM DRESSES WAITING TO BE MADE, SO CERTAIN THINGS REMIND ME OF SOMETHING I WAS THINKING OF DOING. YOU SEE A FABRIC, OR SOMEONE ASKS FOR A PARTICULAR DETAIL, AND YOU START MAKING IT, AND IT FLOWS FROM THERE. 

WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF MAKING A WEDDING DRESS BY HAND?

ALL THESE PALES SHADES SHOW EVERYTHING... TINY FLAWS IN THE SILK, A MINUSCULE DIRT MARK! YOU START PACKING A DRESS AND SUDDENLY YOU SEE SOMETHING. QUALITY CONTROL AND REALLY CARING ARE HUGELY IMPORTANT. EACH DRESS IS SOMEONE'S #1 PERFECT DRESS.

WHERE DO THE NAMES OF YOUR DRESSES COME FROM?

THIS SEASON I USED UNUSUAL FLOWER NAMES, AND SOMETIMES THEY HAVE BEEN NAMED AFTER A BRIDE, OR SOMEONE I KNOW.

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF WHAT YOU DO?

THESE DAYS I LOVE SHOWING THE NEW DESIGNS TO ALL THE AMAZING, LOVELY STORE OWNERS, AND TRAVELING TO MEET EVERYONE. WHEN I HAD MY OWN STORE, I WAS SEEING THAT LOOK ON A BRIDE-TO-BE'S FACE WHEN SHE REALISED HOW BEAUTIFUL SHE LOOKED. I ALSO LOVED IT WHEN THEY WERE ALMOST READY TO TAKE THEIR DRESS HOME, AND REALISE, "THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING!"

IF YOU COULD DRESS ANYONE FOR THEIR WEDDING, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

I WILL BE DRESSING ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS SOON, AND SHE IS SO ADVENTUROUS AND BEAUTIFUL... IT'S GOING TO BE AMAZING.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE BRAND?

I WANT ALR TO STAY A LITTLE UNDER THE RADAR, SO THAT OUR BRIDES WILL ALWAYS FEEL UNIQUE AND INDIVIDUAL. I THINK EVERYONE WANTS TO FEEL LIKE THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD SOMETIMES. 

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

I SOLD SHOES IN A LITTLE SHOP ON SATURDAYS WHILE I WAS STILL AT SCHOOL... I WAS REALLY GOOD AT SELLING RUGBY BOOTS, FUNNILY ENOUGH!

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU'VE OVERCOME  DURING YOUR TIME AS A DESIGNER?

NEW ZEALAND, WHERE I AM BASED, IS SO SMALL. UNDER 4 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY, SO WHEN YOUR TRUE PASSION IS A NICHE PRODUCT, YOUR NICHE IS REALLY NICHE!

HOW DO YOU WANT A BRIDE TO FEEL WHEN SHE WEARS ONE OF YOUR DESIGNS?

I WANT BRIDES TO FEEL THE LOVE, SO I THINK THEY NEED TO BE RELAXED AND COMFORTABLE AND FORGET WHAT THEY'RE WEARING, AND MOVE AND BREATHE AND BE FREE.

WHAT IS THE BEST BUSINESS ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED?

TO BE YOURSELF. ENOUGH SAID.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR LADIES CURRENTLY IN SEARCH OF THEIR WEDDING DRESS?

YOU'LL KNOW IT WHEN YOU SEE IT, I PROMISE.

 

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