Attire Bridal - Apr/Mar 2020 (Issue 76)

When did you first create your label? We created TH&TH officially in 2015, but the brand came to life at my own wedding the year before, when we designed the gowns for my bridesmaids. A wedding magazine got hold of my photos and wanted to feature an image of one of the dresses in a full-page spread! That was it – TH&TH was born. What’s your aim? We want to create elegant and sophisticated dresses that have a modern take on tradition. We found there was a huge gap in the market for good quality dresses that had a timeless essence, and that would look of similar prestige when worn next to a bridal gown that cost thousands of pounds. You’ve recently branched out into ivory bridal gowns. Why did you do this? We had so many brides asking for our signature Alara gown in ivory that we had to create it! Since then we’ve had customers from around the world purchasing our ivory gowns – and we absolutely love seeing where they end up. Tell us a little about your design background… I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Fashion Design, which is where I met TH&TH co-founders Kitty Dickerson- Firth and Ping Nong. They were both on the same course, and our love of beautiful dresses cemented our bond from day one. I went on to enjoy a career in buying and sales, working with clients such as Oscar De La Renta, Temperley and Karl Lagerfeld. I then made a move into commercial fashion management for some big UK retailers, which is where I learned all about critical paths, production, costings and logistics. Kitty and Ping, meanwhile, are the creative force behind the brand. Both of their careers have led them all over the world, working with some of the biggest dress brands globally. What inspires and excites you about working in bridal design? It’s definitely the femininity and romanticism that comes with designing wedding attire. There’s nothing more special than your wedding dress – it’s a privilege that we get to do this every day. How would you describe your signature style? Body-flattering gowns that have elegant and sophisticated silhouettes, with added wow factors such as deep V-back details made in über-feminine palettes. Which fabrics do you like to work with? Anything that feels like liquid is high on our list, and we spent a long time looking for the right weight chiffon for our dresses. Our best-selling fabric is a beautiful crepe that falls and flatters, and we are going to be expanding our range in this for 2021. Where are your gowns designed and made? Our co-founder Ping lives in Hong Kong and has worked with our current Far East supplier for over 15 years in her previous roles, so they are like a second family to us. They have supported our vision for TH&TH from day one and have helped us immeasurably. What’s your favourite dress right now? Alara Ivory will always be a favourite because it is our first baby. But the Grace gown in Ivory is an absolute fairytale, too! How would you describe the TH&TH bride? She’s someone that wants to bridge the gap between fashion and bridalwear. She’s also a bride who’s searching for an elegant and sophisticated look but without breaking the bank. That’s where we come in: our dresses start at £145 and go up to £210. Finally, how are you planning to develop your brand in 2020? We are always adding new colours and styles each year. We also want to grow our core collection to offer a wider range of colours and also to expand our tulle range, as we have so many customers asking for more designs. Celeste Cecelia Margot Maxima UP AND COMING 67 TH&TH W: thandth.com ththbridesmaids thth_bridesmaids

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