On the blog today is the first of my new supplier spotlight features.
Since starting Oyster & Pearl I have been blown away by the number of talented and creative businesses out there. Most of these are small independent businesses set up by extraordinarily talented individuals full of passion for what they do. Over the next few months I plan to share the love for some of my favourite suppliers.
First up is AbideMaids, the award-winning bridesmaid boutique.
Tell me a little bit about you, your business and how you came to be involved in the wedding industry?
My name is Kim and I have been making clothes since I was 13. I have a love for making dresses and so it seemed only right that I follow my passion. In 2011, I set up clothing label Abide then in 2013 AbideMaids was created, offering beautiful made to measure bridesmaid dresses.
I make all the dresses in-house which means there is a lot of room for creativity enabling the girls to have fun designing their perfect dresses. It’s a simple three-step process, first is a visit to the boutique where I take you through my large collection of dresses. After trying on different styles, we discuss the options, mixing and matching different elements if required, until we have the perfect dress for your style and shape. Finally we decide on the colour, every dress is made to order so it can be created in any colour you wish.
What makes you different from your competitors and what inspires you?
My USP is that the girls can pick elements from the dresses they try on and then design the perfect combination to suit them. I also offer a very good colour service by mixing different fabrics together to create the perfect shade. My service is very personal and I believe that it is so much more special knowing that each dress has been made by hand and with lots of love!
What bit of your job do you enjoy the most?
The most exciting part of my job is when the girls first come and see me. We look at colours, fabrics and styles, all over a cup of tea of course! We design the dress right there and then, mixing and matching elements and styles until we have the perfect dress!
To find about more about AbideMaids, visit the website www.abidemaids.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The shop is open by appointment only.