Feeling overwhelmed looking for your dream dress? This list of Black-owned bridal boutiques is perfect for bride’s looking to support bridal salons empowering and celebrating women of color.
Representation is important because I need to be able to see myself when I’m shopping, and I need to know that my voice is heard. I need to know that my money is going to a place that represents my values.Andrea Pitter Campbell- Fashion Designer
For many brides, an important and passionate part of their wedding dress journey is their desire to patron black-owned bridal boutiques. The experience of entering into a bridal atelier to search for the perfect dress, with the perfect silhouette can at times be overwhelming and emotional. However, at the right bridal salon, magic can happen.
To make your wedding shopping journey seamless and authentically you, we’ve compiled a list of black-owned bridal boutiques. Their incredible wedding day looks are sure to inspire your own wedding attire!
With locations in Texas and now in New York at her five-floor Madison Avenue flagship store, Nardos Imam’s vision of joyful evening wear, couture bridal, and ready to wear lines clearly show her background of theatrical costume and history of fashion classes the couterier herself took while studying costume design at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas.
Mirroring what author Renée de Fontarce McCormick calls “rose-colored dreams,” owner Nardos Imam says, “In my sleep, I’m dreaming of dresses.” And for her worldwide clientele, the dresses are in fact what dreams are made of!
“It is our sincere belief that luxury does not need to be delivered with a pinky up, but can be delivered in a relatable package for clients to experience luxury with relatability.”
Not only is there relatable luxury at Pantora Bridal, but the boutique offers size inclusivity. At its flagship locations in New York City and Los Angeles, the boutique carries sizes 2 through 32. They also have an updated size offering of up to size 40.
The brand’s Forgotten Skin Tone mesh is another key element at the heart of their designs. With a goal to compliment the varied skin tones of women of color, they offer as many shades of illusion mesh as possible.
Ultimately, with gorgeous ready-to-wear attire, their Little White Ensemble collection, and bridal accessories, Pantora Bridal is a premier destination for brides to be!
Travian Vann Bridal
In an interview with Miss Virginia For America, Heather Marie Van Cleave, the Creative Director and Founder of her eponymous brand, Travian Vann, revealed: “I stumbled into sewing.”
The celebrity designer’s beautiful bespoke gowns are created solely in-house at her flagship production studio in Hampton, Virginia. Her designs have been on stars such as Erica Campbell, Iyanla Vanzant, and Jazmine Sullivan, as well as other high profile clientele.
Vann’s ethos mirrors that of many in the industry as it pertains to women of color. She shares, “Being a curvy woman myself, I understand how difficult it is at times to find the perfect garment to fit just right or to find the perfect lining to match my skin tone.”
As part of her design process, after a consultation the client’s vision is transformed into a one-of-a-kind illustration. Not only does the brand provide bespoke wedding gowns but also assists with wedding day styling. They create custom mother of the bride, engagement, bridal shower, wedding and reception looks.
As one of the most prestigious bridal ateliers in the world founded by the late Amsale Amberra, and now led by head designer Michael Cho, the atelier’s team offers brides an unparalleled shopping experience.
The upscale New York salon features quiet, elegant decor which allows the gowns to speak for themselves. The brand also offers a unique retail partner program. The program features an app that lets other bridal boutiques track if their clients are interested in an Amsale gowns. Once the retail partner adds the client in the app, the Amsale atelier in New York receives notification of the client’s interest. Then they work together with the retailer to provide exclusive support.
The luxury brand also produces five collections including Amsale, Nouvelle Amsale, Amsale Bridesmaids, Little White Dress and Evening lines which are sold worldwide.
With her signature built-in corsetry to enhance support and give more confidence to her clientele, Ellenelle Bridal’s visionary designer, Leah Langley, has earned the praise of countless brides.
Langley first transitioned into the bridal industry after her own disappointing wedding shopping experiences. Other bridal boutiques often lacked inclusive sizing or had unpleasant customer service. So, Langley-McLean decided to create her own couture gowns and opened a boutique in Nashville, Tennessee.
Another important trademark of her brand is accessibility. Her bridal house features in-person and virtual design and sketch consultations, along with custom couture fittings for clients.
Mark Ingram Atelier
Celebrating the atelier’s 20th anniversary this year, Mark Ingram New York atelier offers his brides world-class designer collections, including his new high-end Mark Ingram capsule collection. The talented designer travels worldwide to ensure the Mark Ingram bride is well appointed for her wedding day.
Entering the intimate setting of the atelier, Ingram brides feel like royalty. After the bride schedules her luxurious VIP experience package (which is offered on the atelier’s website), the upscale salon is closed and each bride is welcomed by salon staff and Ingram himself. A highly curated consultation with champagne awaits! Exclusive access to impeccable catering, floral decor, and a photographer is also available for an additional charge.
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