Wonder Woman Wednesday: Jenn.Y

We caught up with Jenn.Y from J’Adore Bridal Design to find out more about her career in bridal so far…

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Jenn.Y is the proprietor behind J’Adore Bridal Design. The label intends to design and produce high-quality bridal fashion that is made to suit the likes and desires of the modern-day women using the finest of material, inimitable detailing, and reasonable pricing.

What inspired you to start your business?

My interest in fashion began when I was a teenager and this paved the way for me to study at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Fashion and Clothing, which I graduated from some years later. In 2010, I opened a tailor-made and couture shop with my business partner and we launched J’adore Bridal Couture.

However, in 2018 I decided it was time for me to start my own business and this is when my design studio J’Adore Bridal Design was established. I had over 10 years of hands-on experience in designing bridal and occasion wear for women, merchandising and managing fashion-related businesses by then, so I thought it was the perfect time to do it.

Can you tell us more about your role within J’Adore Bridal Design?

As the lead designer, I am fully responsible for all the design and creative processes. From the initial design concept, to dress sketching right down to the material selection, all the decisions are made by me. I am also in charge of the entire production process right from the first sample to the finished dress.

Read More: Bridal Buyer Spotlight: J’Adore Bridal Couture

What is your favourite part of your job?

I love every part of my job with a passion, but one thing that really makes me excited is talking with my customers. I love meeting them, listening to their needs and what they are looking for and then bringing that to life with the professional knowledge I have.

What is a typical working day like for you?

A typical working day in Hong Kong begins with breakfast with my lovely daughter and husband. Following that, it’s off to the office to answer any emails or queries I may have received. After lunch, I spend my afternoons drawing and sketching like crazy before heading home to my family again.

Learn all about Bridal Buyer’s previous Wonder Woman Wednesday star, Gill Harvey, and her fascinating personal background.

What are your secrets to success?

  • Always have a passion for your business, because passion is what helps you succeed.
  • Hands-on experience is the best way to sharpen any skill.
  • Always keep up to date with trends – not only in the bridal scene but also in the wider fashion industry.
  • Make sure you have a deep understanding of your customer’s needs and wants and listen to this.
  • Networking is key, always make time for it.

What’s your greatest achievement so far?

As an independent bridal designer based in Hong Kong, I always dreamt of having my dresses stocked all around the world. So last year, I stepped out of my country and brought my first ever collection to the UK for London Bridal Fashion Week. I wanted to introduce my dresses to oversea buyers and I did! I am extremely excited to expect my first stockists in England and Northern Ireland this year.

Check out Charlie Brear’s Wonder Woman Wednesday to find out about how this talented designer got into bridal.

Who’s your greatest female inspiration?

My greatest female inspiration is my grandmother. She used to own her own garment factory and I learnt a lot of manufacturing knowledge from her. I hope that I can be an inspiration to my own daughter, just like she was to me.

Can you share some interesting facts about yourself?

I don’t really need a lot of sleep! I’m so full of passion for what I do that I barely sleep and somehow never seem tired. I also like to teach my daughter everything I know. I was overjoyed when I found her first-ever sketch of a wedding dress.

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