Yesterday, I visited Atelier Des Modistes in San Francisco. I wanted to meet Suzanne Hanley, the designer behind two of my favorite brides’s dresses and to see the beautiful shop where she and her crew design and make the gowns. We had fun talking shop and while I sat there, chatting, I wondered yet again why, even though I had my dress made for me, I never went dress shopping when I was engaged. Sigh. Anyway. Suzanne’s shop is certainly the best of both worlds (lots to try on and lots to dream up out of your own imagination). I dearly hope there’s a big return to handmade in 2010. What better than a one-of-a-kind dress designed and sewn just for you?
A girl can’t carry all her gear all the time, so I’m sharing photos from my iPhone.* Below: store front sign, capelet (yes, please!), cards, behind the scenes with the best inspiration wall ever, super sewing machine, lace and ruffles galore, wedding gowns and polaroids (two of my favorite things, you know), and more images of the lovely dress-in-the-window (may some lucky bride swoon over it!).
photos: Gia Canali, via her iPhone.