Hello Lovelies! Today we’re joined by fashion designer Barbara Kavchok of Eugenia Couture, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am Barbara Kavchok designer for Eugenia Couture and Joy Collection. The Joy Collection is part of the existing Eugenia Couture brand. Joy was designed for a very different bride than the Signature Eugenia line. The Joy bride has classic roots but is young, edgy and a little boho too.

Read the full interview after the cut!

How did you get into the business?

I started working for my mother, Eugenia after college for design in 2003. She established the company about 30 years ago. After apprenticing then working side by side with my mother, I took full ownership of the brand in 2012.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

Watching my collection come together right before it’s debuted. I love editing and perfecting the line. It fills me with pride when I see the sketches and ideas come to life into a beautiful gown.

If you could pick one unique product or service offering, which would be your favorite, and why?

I always offer a complimentary signed sketch of the dress for a bride if she chooses. It’s a nice added touch and it also allows me to remain up to speed with all outgoing production. I’m aware of and approve every dress that leaves my Atelier.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to others just getting started in your field?

Don’t be discouraged! The fashion industry is fickle and you need to have thick skin. If you’re true to yourself and work hard, eventually people notice and things happen. That’s when you need to work even harder to turn that momentum into even more success .

What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

Most of my free time is happily spent with my family. Playing with and taking care of my 2 ½ year old son is a blessing . I also enjoy long distance running. I try to get in about 10 miles in the early morning. I’ve even competed in some marathons.

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Any great stories from working with a client?

It’s always so satisfying to see the bride who is wearing your design, and it’s so special for them to have the designer of their dress right there to see it on them too. There was one particular time that we had a plus size bride whose dress was made to exact measurements. I actually helped her pick the gown at a trunk show the year before. She had an appointment to try on her newly arrived Eugenia gown during the following years trunk show, which I was also attending. When she put the dress on everyone was in awe of how perfectly it fit her. She had nervously thought that because of her size, she wouldn’t look as beautiful as she wanted in her gown. After seeing herself in the mirror, the bride and the family she brought along, all started to cry tears of joy. She couldn’t believe how gorgeous she looked! It was very gratifying to witness. True story.

What makes you different from others in your field?

Person touches and personal relationships with my clients. I like to be available for questions and requests any time they need. Also the fact that all my gowns are designed and made here in the USA. There are few that can honestly say the same.

Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

Right now sheer lace bodices are very popular. We never would have guessed that the American bride would be ready for this even 3 years ago, but times are changing and gowns are getting sexier. More and more brides are trying new things like a touch of color or an unconventional skirt, i.e. sheer from the knee down or a high/ low style…etc. I love that brides are becoming more adventurous.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their big day?

For the bride:

Find your dream dress first. Try on a variety of styles but pick the one that makes you feel like a bride and fits your unique personality. You can plan everything else around the style of your dress because you and the groom are the “stars” of the event and most will be just looking at you so the dress is VERY important.

For the groom:

Even though the wedding is for the 2 of you the reception is mainly for her so let her have her way;)

Lovely work Barbara, thank you for sharing! For more information about Eugenia Couture, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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