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Belle & Bunty was created by us, Alice Shreeve and Hannah Coniam-Thompson in 2003 as a Ready~to~Wear fashion label after graduating from The London College of Fashion where we met. Sharing a mutual appreciation of each others style and design aesthetic we joined forces figuring 2 minds are better than one and after years of working together we think it’s paid off. Our first collection debuted at London Fashion Week where we showed seasonal collections focusing on our love or colour, prints and wearable, feminine clothes made from predominantly beautiful silk fabrics selling internationally to boutiques and department stores aswell as being featured in the UK’s top fashion press including Vogue, Marie Claire & Elle. We also featured on the Channel 4 show ‘Tricky Business’ a half hour documentary about setting up your own business as young entrepreneurs, won the Natwest Every Woman Artemis Award for the Most Inspirational Women Running a business and worked on bespoke collaborations with Elemis, Malteasers, Toni & Guy and O2 amongst many others. Phew, pretty busy huh!?!
WEDDING DRESSES YOU SAY.
In 2010, after we both got married within 6 months of each other and designed our wedding dresses together, we spotted a huge gap in the market for elegant sophisticated wedding dresses that were paired back and simply beautiful so launched our first bridal collection which lucky for us was an instant success. Seems like there was a bevy or brides just like us not wanting a dress with lots of fuss. The collection offers unique and feminine designs encompassing our designers expertise for flattering cuts as well as our love of feminine, flirtatious and wearable clothing in high quality fabrics. Our wedding dress designs ‘The Belle’ and ‘The Bunty’ remain in the range aswell as best selling designs from our Ready~to~Wear collections, alongside other popular silhouettes which echo the playfulness and simplicity of the Belle & Bunty handwriting, creating a bridal collection fusing modern contemporary style with the vintage inspired look. Our brand has fashion at its core and brings this into the bridal world, combining: glamour, modernity and romance for a modern day bride wanting a unique, luxurious gown. The label focuses on the exploration of all things feminine by offering the perfect balance of proportions, designed to accentuate a woman’s natural shape. In keeping with our brands core aesthetic of understated elegance, the collection’s infuse pure glamour and femininity, inspired by the best of bygone eras, such as the 1930′s, 1940′s & 1970’s, whilst continuing the brands modern and unique take on the vintage feel. The very best laces are combined with 100% pure silks and we passionately support British manufacturing with all styles being lovingly handmade in our London workshop. We were also crowned winners of the “Bridal Designers of the Year 2013′ by the Tailored Bridal Awards and in 2015 won the You & Your Wedding magazine Editors Choice Award. Yay!
After showing daily musings on our social media channels, sharing our #ootd’s on Instagram became pretty popular and we grew a little audience who seemed to love our style and coordinating looks so in 2015 we launched our style blog, ingeniously named Belle & Bunty BLOG. There we show fashion trends we are wearing aswell as sharing a few style tips and tricks we’ve learnt along our fashion career and have been lucky enough to collaborate with many brands including Harvey Nichols, L.K.Bennett, Dune London and Bicester Village amongst many more. As our clothing brand is now predominantly bridal, our blog is a fun way to keep our toes in the fashion market.