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Vancity Vendor: Clara Couture

April 19th, 2013 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Clara Couture

Clara Jang is a seasoned veteran in the fashion and bridal world. She grew up in a couturier family and is the third generation in designing and creating custom made gowns. You may have admired her one of a kind creations without knowing it. If you’ve seen the Aqua and Carnival editorial shoots from Perfect Wedding Magazine, the models are wearing some of Clara’s one of a kind designs.

Clara Couture

Clara Jang & Carrie So - Clara Couture Clara Couture specializes in custom designed wedding gowns but also carries some designer gowns including Pronovias, San Patrick, Paloma Blanca, and more. Most of these dresses range between $1,500 to $2,500 but have sample dresses available at a discount. They also have dresses for bridesmaids (price ranges between $250-$550), mothers of the bride and flower girls. Clara would love to work with you to create a custom gown. The ordering process starts 6 months prior to the wedding date.  The initial consultation consists of preparing a sketch of the dress and fabric selection, which will depend largely on the bride’s budget. Custom dresses on average start at $2,500. If your dress is custom made, you may not need alterations but if you’re ordering new or buying one of their samples, they do offer alteration services in house. These prices vary depending on the dress and what you need done.

Clara Couture

Stay in touch with Clara Couture by being a fan on Facebook or following them on Twitter. Their shop is located on Burrard between 8th Avenue and Broadway so pop by and see what they’ve got when you get the chance!

A Few Words With Clara…

Clara Couture What do you have to offer to brides with lower budgets?
“We do carry sample sale every year in the Fall season.  Lots of our designer sample gowns will be marked down to 50% off.”

How do you choose which designers and dresses to sell? What are your criteria?
“We have been carrying the above noted lines for some time now and continue to do so based on a long-standing relationship with our suppliers.  We select dresses based on fashion trends and also popular selections from brides.  If a bride doesn’t find her perfect dress, brides always have the option to have a custom dress made.  The design process is a collaborative effort between the bride and Clara.”

If a bride needs a dress in a short period of time, how do you accommodate that?
“If a bride she needs a dress in a short period of time, she can either consider having her dress custom made or she can consider of buying our existing sample.”

Clara Couture

Clara Couture What kind of dress would make the biggest impact on a small budget? Do you have a certain dress in store that will give the wow factor for a budget price (under $2000)?
“We find that the wow factor really depends on the bride and her personal style. The bride has to love her dress and it shows in the way she carries herself.  The dress could be a sample sale dress or a dress hot off the runway.  We have a wide selection of dresses in the $2,000 and under range.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“The dress is such a big part of the wedding and it is such an honor and a thrill to be a part of that experience.  And we have the best brides of all time!”

What one piece of advice would you give to a bride when it’s time to choose a dress?
“You have to love your dress and love how you feel when you’re wearing it.  Sometimes it is difficult managing various opinions but at the end of the day, you have to be happy with your selection.”

Clara Couture

What one piece of advice would you give to a bride and groom for their wedding?
“The day goes by so fast. Remember the day is about you two and don’t sweat the small stuff. And most importantly, have fun!”

Clara Couture

To contact Clara, visit their website.
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