To celebrate their first birthday as one of Manchester’s most desired wedding boutiques, Isla Jean Bridal have launched a brand new, interactive online boudoir.
Just over two and a half years ago, luxury bridal boutique, Isla Jean began life as a market trader at a weekly vintage fair in Failsworth, North Manchester. Investing all of their time, money and efforts into sourcing and purchasing second-hand wedding dresses, owners Victoria Tickle and Gemma Richardson went on to make an unlikely success as a bridal market stall.
A year into business and Isla Jean was steadily finding its feet. Sales were soaring and the two best friends were succeeding at creating a budget bridal brand.
Still, the determined the duo craved a brighter future for Isla Jean. They both knew the longevity of market stall selling bridal attire would be short lived. The girls recognised they needed to assess their situation, if they were ever going to establish themselves as a premier bridal brand. Sharing a strong, reputable career- background in customer service coupled with their great sense of commercial awareness and infectious creativity, Victoria and Gemma made the pinnacle design to open a bridal boutique in the leafy village of Lees, Oldham.
Utilizing their excellent eye for detail, they saw the potential in an old, tired townhouse that was in much need of restoration. With strapped budgets and deadlines, Gemma and Victoria took it upon themselves to refurbish the entire three floors of the premise, alone! The girls found they had new skills and strengths they didn’t know existed from plastering to sanding and even laying flooring! The transformation took just 11 weeks. Comprising of long, 19 hour days and using up every ounce of physical and mental strength. There were splinters, cuts, bruises, tantrums and rivers of tears but Isla Jean finally opened its doors in June 2012.
Isla Jean prides itself on being a luxury boutique that offers brides a truly, bespoke service that is completely personal to them. This has always been one of the strongest influences regarding Gemma and Victoria’s buying decisions. They want their boutique to appeal to both traditional and unique brides. Stocking exclusive, global bridal brands such as Stephanie Allin, Cymbeline and Erica Stacey Bridal. Isla Jean also works with a number of local, independent accessory designers such as Pearl & Co as well stocking their own accessory collection ‘Isla Jean Bespoke’. Even the elegant, vintage-inspired interiors were purchased from local, antiques dealers ‘Rose & Lee Vintage Living’, echoing the girls, strong belief in supporting small, independent businesses.
Future plans for Isla Jean look set to be extremely exciting with talks of launching their first made in Manchester wedding dress collection. Ambition and drive, such as this is what sets Isla Jean apart from other bridal boutiques. They never stop trying to deliver the most amazing, diverse and superior service to their brides.
SEE THE ISLA JEAN INTERACTIVE WEBSITE VIA VIRTUAL MANCHESTER HERE
Photography by Claire Penn
Web Design by Yellow Fly Design
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“All our features are aimed towards our readers being Brides Over 40. (40 plus brides). Rather than calling these fabulous ladies ‘mature Brides‘ we call them ‘Beautilicious Brides’ who are marrying later in life, whether it be a first or second time wedding or even a celebration ceremony for renewing vows”
(Janet – Creative Director at Beautilicious40 Bride)