A Quick Catch Up with Jan Owner of Atelier 19 – A Vintage Inspired Bridal Boutique in Cheltenham

by Michelle

Atelier 19 is a vintage inspired bridal boutique in Cheltenham run by of award winning designer Jan Knibbs. Jan specialises in couture embroidery and together with her team, can create any style dress and all of the accessories to turn your wedding dreams into reality.

 Jan’s style is perfect for brides looking for something completely unique for their special day. Not only can she create a bespoke wedding gown, Jan can also customise an existing gown, and make or customise all the accompanying accessories such as headwear, shoes and bags for the whole bridal party.

Image Source: Danniella Jaine

We last spoke to Jan back in March and it’s such a pleasure to catch up with her again, so we’ll hand you straight over to the super talented lady herself to share her latest news with you.

Remind our readers what you do

I create bespoke garments and accessories to the bride’s ideas using my signature style of couture embroidery often with vintage finds which can come from their own collection (or indeed from any member of the family) or from my huge stash of vintage lace and jewellery from my atelier/showroom in Cheltenham “Atelier 19”.

What have you been up to since we last spoke?

I’ve been busy promoting my little shop and have had various photo shoots published including one in “Vow” magazine, a “Pretty in Punk” shoot on various blogs, my son’s wedding featured in “Perfect Wedding” and another shoot and feature on the shop in the American Faerie magazine.

Image Source: Oobaloos Photography

We just had an event including a “Midsummer Nights Dream” inspired tea party, Live Photo shoot and poetry reading by the photographer Danniella Jaine to celebrate the Faerie publication and the shop’s first anniversary.

Image Source: Su Barclay Photography

What are your stand-out moments since our last chat?

My stand out moments are my two my recent commissions, one inspired by an original Biba dress which belonged to the grandmother of the bride and one for a 1930s style dress for a vow renewal ceremony for a famous burlesque dancer.

Image Source: Danniella Jaine

What do you have planned for the next 12 months?

The next 12 months are going to be really busy as on top of my own commissions I am also collaborating on a collection of hand embroidered, handmade shoes with an artisan shoe maker based in Alicante (who I met on Facebook) and a couture collection for London Fashion Week with the amazing designer Sharon Bowen-Dryden.

Image Source: Danniella Jaine

What is especially lovely is that we’re all older designers who for one reason or another haven’t yet achieved our true potential but together feel that it is now our “time to shine”!

Image Source: Danniella Jaine

We are planning to launch an online wedding shop in 2018. Would you be interested in selling through us? If so, what products would you like to offer our readers/customers?

I might be interested in selling through your online wedding shop, probably only accessories eg matching hairpieces, sashes and shoes.

Image Source: Danniella Jaine


All images courtesy of Atelier 19


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