Churchgate Porter is located in Fletching, East Sussex and was so named partly because it is based opposite the village church. Louise Hill had the vision to bring a slice of international catwalk fashion and juxtapose it with the serene Sussex countryside. Churchgate Porter literally plays on the promise to take care of its bride from the first consultation until the moment they say “I do.”
As well as Churchgate Porter’s lust list of gorgeous wedding gowns, the salon will stock accessories from bold British label, Flo and Percy, and heels to die for from Freya Rose shoes. “We are thrilled to be working with Churchgate Porter, their concept looks fresh, interesting and exciting. Louise has chosen some of our most classic pieces as well as our most fashion forward designs. We hope for a long successful and prosperous relationship with them”, comments Kirstie Taylor from Flo & Percy.
Launched in September 2013, East Sussex-based Churchgate Porter delivers a unique bridal fashion experience, far from the beaten path of pastel-pretty British bridal boutiques. Stocked within its exposed brick walls are some of the world’s most creative and innovative designers. The three Delphine Manivet gowns from the 2014 collection, Antonin, Eyrolle and Hyppolite will be joining a display of prestigious labels including Patrick Casey, Sarah Janks, Charlotte Casadejus and Anne Bowen.
Louise Hill, owner of Churchgate Porter says: “Churchgate Porter was born out of a desire to cater to a bride whose niche interests are currently missing from the British wedding scene. A Churchgate Porter bride has an independent style and flair for fashion. She is not your traditional bride and has a real appreciation for creativity, innovative designers and international cosmopolitan style. Given our aim to bring global bridal fashion to UK wedding aisles, these Delphine Manivet designs simply could not be more perfect to complement our current collection of designers from New York, Australia, Ireland and the UK and will give our brides even more choice when it comes to the perfect dress to suit their individual style. ”
She adds: “Each of our designers brings something dramatically different to the mix for brides who really know their own minds, a real independent vision and style executed with only the finest materials and craftsmanship. Delphine Manivet creates subtly chic gowns with a distinctive and French style that mixes haute couture methods with a very current look and feel. Her signature two-piece dresses are an exciting addition to our haven of high fashion in the Sussex countryside. Brides with a free spirit, a natural flair for fashion and a romantic streak will adore the Delphine Manivet dresses.”
Churchgate Porter prides itself as being an industry leader in British bridal fashion. Style mavens flock to the countryside village of Fletching to visit the store, with its chic, industrial vogue vibe: exposed brick walls, wooden beamed ceilings, industrial style shop fitting, velvet couches and wooden floorboards as design hallmarks. Once there they enjoy a five-star service, the name Churchgate Porter quite literally playing on the promise that it will take care of its brides from the moment they step into the boutique until they say “I do”.
Brides are seen by appointment only, allowing plenty of time for one-to-one consultations, styling sessions, bespoke alterations and access to Churchgate Porter’s little white book of wedding suppliers. In short, Churchgate Porter offers a traditional porter-style service married with a truly modern take on bridal fashion design.