Our exclusive interview with prominent bridal designer, Rosa Clará to find out more about her 25 years in business
2020 marks Rosa Clará’s’ 25th year in business, a milestone it will commemorate by paying tribute to all the brides who have chosen one of the brand’s stunning designs for their wedding day. To celebrate the anniversary, we caught up with the iconic designer behind the brand to find out more about what she has learned over the last quarter of a century.
The Rosa Clarà brand is constantly evolving. I opened my first store in Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona 25 years ago and, back then, I could not imagine that there would be so many brides who dreamed of wearing one of my dresses on the most important day of their life. Today, we have more than 4,000 points of sale in 80 countries and a network of 140 owned and franchise stores.
The biggest challenge for me has been constant work and innovation. We are always experimenting with the latest trend or risking new designs and I think this is what has kept us relevant all these years.
It’s difficult to choose, all of my dresses are memorable and there is always a perfect one for each bride. However, if I had to pick one, it would be the one I designed for my wedding, five years ago, a dress that has set the trend since then.
There have been many! But if I had to choose one, I would say it was the opportunity to collaborate with great designers such as Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld and Jesús del Pozo. It was an unbelievable experience and it resulted in something spectacular.
To make the brand the success it is I have had to compromise on a lot of things. Mostly, I have had to give up a lot of personal time. However every minute has been worthwhile, and I have had the support and understanding of my loved ones.
My fondest memory over the last 25 years has to be one of the more recent ones. Back in October 2019, I had the honour to design the wedding dress of Mery Perelló, wife of the tennis player Rafael Nadal. This was a great moment for me and one I will always remember.
I’ve learned that being surrounded by a motivated team, being realistic with your objectives and having a differentiated product are the keys to success.
No, not at all! If I had to relive my life, I would live it the exact same way. I am very proud of my achievements and of what I have experienced both in my professional and personal life.
“Less is more”
The bridal fashion industry is a constant challenge because it is always changing. To keep Rosa Clará the innovative brand it is we must constantly contribute new ideas that will position us first. On top of this, we also need to grow the brand in markets we are already recognised and establish gaps in which we have potential.
I am also proud to announce that I have been able to open our first store in London. This is a project that I have always wanted to do, and for it to become a reality is just amazing.
Rosa Clará consolidates its position in the UK bridal market with the opening of a boutique in London. Read more about the news here.