Highlight: Black Owned Wedding Businesses
Shining some light on a few Black owned Bridal Brands we love, and a number that are based here in NC!
The wedding industry can be very white centered, there needs to be more representation and visibility on brands that don't fall within the typical vision of what has been popularized or normalized.
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1. PANTORA BRIDAL: One of the industries most popular brands, but it took a lot of time and hard work.
" Pitter started Pantora Bridal when she was 20 years old and has taken the business from a 400-square-foot showroom to a 3,000-square-foot store, tripling the size of her team and forging relationships with prominent retailers—including Kleinfeld—in the process. In her interview with The Knot Magazine, Pitter describes Pantora Bridal in Brooklyn, New York, as a “safe space for Black women,” detailing how a few dresses and a tiny showroom grew into a fully realized boutique, wedding dress collection and ready-to-wear line. "
Read more about her story here.
2. Valentine Avoh: Nigerian dress designer based in Brussels, she designs pieces that are fun, effortless and filled with unique textures.
3. Gavin Christianson Bridal: A bridal boutique in Durham that is black owned & size inclusive.
4. Story and Rhythm: black owned wedding DJ business out of Raleigh.
5. Cloth and Mill: A beautifully chic wedding venue in Hillsborough, NC.
6. Brother Vellies, Aurora James: whether you need wedding shoes or just date night shoes, this black owned business is making some of the hottest shoes on the market. Aurora also founded The Fifteen Percent Pledge, read more about her vision here.
7. Imad Eduso Bridal: We are drooling over their sculptural dresses, this brand is about to blow up.