Bridget Brown has experience filling voids in the market. She started her first business Bella Bridesmaids in 2000 when she was working at a high-end retail store and noticed groups of girls coming in and buying the same dress in multiples. “They’d go, ‘Oh god, we can’t find a really cool bridesmaid dress,’” said Brown, who built Bella Bridesmaids into a 43-store network and sold it in 2012 to one of her franchisees.
Around that time, Brown had embraced a vegan lifestyle. Her husband Nick noticed that she could never find a decent vegan handbag or pair of shoes that were less than a luxury price point. “I’ve always been a conscious consumer and I always want to know where something is made and how it was made and what kind of conditions it was made in,” said Brown. “Nick said, ‘Let’s try and do this. Let’s not do shoes — that’s really difficult. Let’s start with bags.'” After two years of development, Brown and her husband last month launched Filbert, a small range of four vegan bags priced $225 to $475, they’re selling direct-to-consumer through the label’s site shopfilbert.com.
Cosmetics entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury came face to face with one of her inspirations when Queen Elizabeth handed her an MBE, or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, at Buckingham Palace earlier today. #wwdbeauty
Stella McCartney has been designing wedding looks for years for customers, friends, family — and herself for years.
And now, leveraging the success of the dress she designed for the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding reception in May, McCartney is launching, Made with Love, a bridal line including eight dresses and an ivory tuxedo, reports @natalietheodosi . “I feel very protective over the bride, because I know what it was like when I got married, and for me to do my own wedding dress. There are moments that are so personal and private, so emotional and loaded with many different issues,” McCartney told WWD in an interview in June. “I think we are really blessed to have the emotional trust with a woman. She’ll come in and feel the love that we put into everything. What she chooses can be conventional or unconventional. It’s a personal experience.” #wwdnews