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Made for the conscious, spirited bride in all of us, LAUDAE creates rad wedding gowns that celebrate the women in them.
Want to learn more? Check out our interview with Sara below and scope out the new collection here!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND...
"We’re sister label to Truvelle, with a focus on conscious wedding wear and sleek silhouettes. We soft-launched down Vancouver Eco Fashion Week’s runway in the Spring of 2013 and officially released our first designs that Fall at New York Bridal Market."
WHERE DID THE NAME 'LAUDAE' COME FROM?
"LAUDAE comes from two words : laudable, which means ‘deserving praise’, and aubade, which means a ‘love song sung at dawn’. In its strictest sense, an aubade is a song sung from a door or window to a sleeping woman. It's usually a dialogue between parting lovers."
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
"Our Garment Studio is located in Vancouver, Canada, and we’re proud to be a locally made brand. Besides our local Flagship Store, our dresses are available to purchase both online and in retailers worldwide."
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LAUDAE BRIDE AND THE BRAND'S OVERALL AESTHETIC?
"The LAUDAE bride is forward-thinking in her style and for the environment. She’s a spirited babe who makes her own rules and sets her own trends. In other words, her wedding won’t be one you’ve ever seen before.
LAUDAE is all about sleek silhouettes, bold laces, and statement backs. While the dresses are fitted, the stretch lining makes them oh-so-comfy and dance-friendly. (*tested and approved)."
WHERE DO YOU SOURCE MATERIALS FROM?
"We source most of our fabrics from China. Our Founder & Production Manager actually paid these factories a visit last Spring to gain a deeper understanding of their work environments and standards. We put a lot of time into finding quality fabrics that still maintain our attainable dress price-point. All LAUDAE dresses are lined with recycled polyester satin."
WHERE DOES LAUDAE FIND INSPIRATION?
"We’re super inspired by other creatives from various mediums — be it music artists, photographers, beauty brands, we tend to draw inspiration from everywhere except bridal."
WHAT'S A TYPICAL WORK DAY LIKE FOR YOU?
"I’m the Marketing Manager & Eco Specialist for our brand, so my day is typically split between my computer and wandering throughout the different departments in our studio. It’s super cool to have our entire team under one roof, because it really connects our entire process from start to finish. The creativity doesn’t stop at the office either; our whole team is a wealth of inspiration and all super fun to bounce ideas off of. Group lunches are everything."
PRICES & SHIPPING
"Prices range from $2,200-2,800 CAD. We ship worldwide and we also are stocked worldwide in select indie bridal boutiques."
WHAT MAKES LAUDAE UNIQUE IN THE BRIDAL MARKET?
"We don’t outsource any part of our process. From design, to pattern-making, to cut & sew, it’s all done by hand from our Vancouver Garment Studio. We make dresses that you can feel good in and good about. Because we’re a made-to-order brand, we super open to customizations. If a bride wants to switch up a feature on her dress for one on another of our designs, we’re totally game."
WHAT TUNES ARE YOU PLAYING IN THE STUDIO RIGHT NOW?
"Oh man. We’re major suckers for the summer hits right now + a lot of 90s country. You can judge us."
Photos Kyra Galli of LAUDAE