By Leah Binkovitz
L'atelier Couture Bridal Boutique is in its new home and already has plenty of events planned to keep past and new brides busy.
As an open house for its new store, L'atelier is hosting a Peter Langner trunk show this weekend, Jan. 13 and 14. Guests can mingle with store owner Amanda Kautt, handbag designer Laura Nelli, and jewelry designer Penny Larsen.
The new space has a lot of advantages over the old, says sales manager Christina Hermann. "We really loved the old space," she says, "but this is 7,000 square-foot penthouse." All the extra space means dresses can be displayed more generously. "It really feels like a designer showroom in New York City," says Hermann.
Plus, adds staffer Madeline Petersen, the dressing rooms themselves are expanded and more personal, so clients can get dress advice from family and friends in a more intimate setting.
After the Langner kick off, the store will welcome designer Elizabeth Fillmore Jan. 19-21 as she shows off her 2012 collection, giving shoppers the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a designer about dresses and possible customizations or alterations. As usual with trunk shows, there will be discounts on any dresses purchased at the show.
Once brides have found that perfect dress, they can stop by for semi-regular Bridal Boot Camp sessions. The first session on Jan. 25 is with trainers from the Ivy Fitness Club (who will be back for another round Feb. 15). Then, on Feb. 1, a trainer from The Bar Method will stop by to guide a class meant to tone and lengthen muscles. At $10 a class, and with proceeds from the first two sessions going straight to the American Cancer Society, it's enough to make non-brides jealous. The classes start at 6 p.m. but have a 25-person limit so be sure to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that everyone is looking good, reward yourself with a dress from the Cocktails for a Cause Event on Feb. 3. Short gowns will be discounted and available throughout the weekend. "We wanted to expand it so it's not just for brides, it's just for people looking for a fun dress," says Hermann. With drinks donated by Prairie Vodka and ten percent of NELLE sales going to the American Cancer Society, it's another no-brainer.
Be sure to contact the boutique to schedule an appointment or RSVP.
L'atelier Couture Bridal Boutique 219 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis 651-602-9492