ABOUT THE BRAND
TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BRAND…
CELESTE creates luxury wedding veils and accessories for the extraordinary bride.
Handcrafted in New York, our modern, fashion-forward pieces are designed for the bride who wants to express her truest self — and feel beautiful on her momentous day.
The collection features fine European laces and unique embellishments such as hand-cut silk petals and appliques.
We use these quality textiles and elements to create heirloom pieces that set our brides apart.
THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE YOUR BRAND
Romantic, feminine, whimsical
What inspired you to start your business?
I have always loved bridal gowns and accessories since I was a child, pouring over wedding magazines for hours. After working in women’s wear design for many years, I began making hair accessories and veils for friends who were getting married and I realized how much I loved creating beautiful pieces for women on their most important day. That led me to launch my accessories brand, CELESTE.
What would you consider the most unique aspect about your brand?
Handcrafted in NYC, specifically in Brooklyn! (A select number of pieces are embroidered with our partners in India.)
tell us WHO’s BEHIND YOUR BRAND
My name is Celeste Reingans-Lee, and I am the designer and founder behind the brand. Most of the collection is made in our Brooklyn atelier. If I’m not creating the pieces myself, I work with local sewists to bring my visions to life. Working with talented teams in the iconic NYC garment district is a great honor.
Spill the details about your design process?
I create pieces I love, and pieces I think brides will love to wear. When designing, I consider what laces and embellishments are unique and not typically found on bridal accessories while looking for new ways to use them. At the same time, I am also keeping in mind the elements that are trending, for example right now it is pearls, and I find ways to use them in romantic and untraditional ways. My thoughts when designing are for the bride who loves a statement, who loves fashion. It’s bold, romantic and jubilant style for the modern bride!
How and where are your collections produced?
The collections are produced in my Brooklyn, NY, studio. Each piece is made to order, with an eye towards exquisite detail and highest quality. Some of our embellished veils come from our embroidery partners in India.
What is your best seller to date?
Our best sellers are the Petra veil and the Margot veil. The Margot veil is a classic tulle veil and owes its popularity to the simplicity and versatility of pairing with any style of gown. The Petra veil is a romantic statement veil that will sweep you off your feet! A wide lace border made of whisper-light fibers doesn’t weigh you down, instead enveloping the bride in a swath of illusion tulle and romance. It is gorgeous with minimal crepe gowns or richly embellished looks, as well.
What is the inspiration behind your newest collection?
The inspiration behind my newest collection is a person who wants a little bit of drama and sparkle when she walks down the aisle! She is confident and beautiful. I love that brides are having fun with with their wedding fashion, such as with oversized bows, bold pearls, and sparkling tulle gloves.
What kind of materials should we expect to see in this new collection?
Lots of pearls! We are loving the pearl trend and how it can be interpreted on different accessories. Luxe silk satin, diaphanous organza and delicate laces with tiny sequins are a few of the other elements you’ll find in our upcoming collection.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love making beautiful things! The ability to create and then share those beautiful things is what makes this work so rewarding.
What is your favorite memory/experience you’ve had involving your brand?
My favorite memory in my business was when a bride and her mother both expressed to me how much fun they were having during the design process for the bride’s custom veil. Wedding planning was stressful and tedious but they told me how designing the veil became the bright spot they looked forward to! That was wonderful to hear, since I aim to create an atmosphere of calm, happiness and beauty for my clients during what can be a hectic time in their lives.
What is something you wish you knew when you started your line?
Doing it all is difficult! I have massive respect for the women who have been in this industry for years, often while raising a family, too.
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