At Trish Lee Bridal, we believe that we can do our part in creating a conscious community by adhering to our conscious design model.
By designing and making our gowns in our San Francisco studio, we are able to create a high quality product at an attainable price point. The price of our gowns reflect the true value and cost of a Trish Lee gown. The amount you pay is going directly and entirely to the cost of producing and selling our beautiful garments locally. What are these costs? To name a few: there’s the cost of the premium fabrics we use, the cost of paying a living wage to our talented San Francisco staff, the cost of all types of insurance, the cost of the rent on our studio - things that make a measurable difference in the product we deliver, instead of expensive marketing budgets, shipping costs, and customs fees that add to the inflated mark-up you see everywhere else.
Unlike mass production that often creates the need for overseas transportation, which adds to the pollution of our environment, our real-time design model allows us to only produce what is needed. With this conscious design model, we are able to conserve precious resources and materials, creating less waste and leaving a smaller carbon footprint in the world. What we do not use, we donate to local fashion design students, and we donate our gently-used gown samples to non-profit charities.
We continue to make a conscious choice to employ local tailors, pattern-makers, aspiring fashion designers, and photographers, and give them a place to earn a living wage while practicing their skills. In a time where employment options are fewer for those not in tech, we are supporting the diverse people of our community, making a small difference in this place we call home.
For 2017, we will continue our mission of bringing back slow manufacturing to San Francisco. We are hopeful that if we share our vision, consumers will make better, informed decisions and support businesses they believe in. This is what we call a conscious movement.