A local designer is helping women look and feel empowered on their wedding day with a new atelier shop and one-of-a-kind customizable designs.
With dreams of thriving in the fashion industry, Teresa Eklund utilized her Fashion Design degree from the University of Cincinnati and launched Renee Grace Bridal, in an effort to give brides-to-be a unique wedding dress shopping experience.
“Renee Grace Bridal is a unique experience that is not found anywhere else in Ohio,” she says. “The difference is that we are a ‘semi-custom’ bridal company where all of our gowns are designed and made in Cincinnati. ‘Semi-custom refers to our process of creating gowns that start with my original designs and then lets the future bride customize her own gown in both style and fit.”
Eklund’s love for fashion goes back to the age of 7, when she was making her first cut out fashions.
“That led to the prestigious school of fashion design, which at the time was rated in the top 4 design schools in the nation,” she says. “Deciding to stay in Cincinnati ro raise a family I plied my trade in custom bridal for many years.”
Then, in 2016, she went out on her own and launched Renee Grace Bridal. There are already other stores outside of Ohio that have picked up the line including Chicago, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Charlottesville, and Grants Ferry, Mississippi.
Eklund finds the inspiration to do what she does everything in working with brides.
“I love working with brides and seeing them get the dress that they’ve always wanted and help bring the dreams of their wedding to fruition,” she says. “Marriage is such a beautiful thing and to be involved at the beginning of such a wonderful event is a real privilege. The reason I wanted to open our own shop is to provide future brides with a better experience that takes into account their personalities as well as their figures. I desire every woman to look and feel empowered on her wedding day. That is why we spend so much time on the design and architecture of our gowns. No glued together dresses at our shop.”
Eklund adds that the uniqueness in Renee Grace Bridal comes in a couple of variations. First, she says, all of the dresses are designs of the line and cannot be found in any other store in Cincinnati. Second, all of the dresses are made in their Sharonville atelier.
“Brides can see where their dress is made and meet the team behind making them,” says Eklund. “
Third, the team at Renee Grace Bridal can customize their dress both in style and fit, reducing and possibly eliminating the indeed for alterations after the dress is complete.
COVID has caused disruptions in just about every industry there is, especially in the fashion world. Renee Grace Bridal is keeping clients safe in these unprecedented times by offering visits by appointment only.
“Our shop is cleaned before each appointment,” she adds. “We work with each bride to bring them the maximum amount of safety and comfort. We have the flexibility to adapt to every future bride’s needs keeping in mind that every client deserves their own experience. Currently, we only have one appointment at a time in our store.”
Eklund says that the store will soon be carrying its own line of headpieces and veils. Also, the Spring 2021 line will be officially launching January 11.
“We design new dresses every season,” she says. “Other stores we sell to have to wait until we debut each new season in the spring or fall, but in our Cincinnati atelier we are bringing in new designs monthly.”
Renee Grace Bridal is located in downtown Sharonville, where dresses are designed and made in the atelier. “We started as just a factory but recognized a desire for people in Cincinnati to buy our gowns in-house and see where they are made,” Eklund adds.
To learn more about Renee Grace Bridal, visit www.reneegrace.com. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Eklund says that you can connect with the store directly to book an appointment at 513-659-8824.