Loulette Bride is the newest designer to join The One Bridal Salon. With a focus on inclusivity, transparency, sustainably and ethically sourced materials, not to mention, beautiful wedding dresses, we knew this was the perfect brand to bring to Charlottesville, Virginia.
Who is the person behind Loulette Bride?
Marteal Mayer is the designer and visionary behind Loulette Bride. Marteal began her designing career in the fashion industry and worked for several big-name box stores as well as another bridal designer before launching her own designs. She is passionate about creating high quality dresses so every bride can have their special moment. A favorite quote from our conversation with Marteal was, “Bridal is a market of real everyday women. The average girl doesn’t have a gala to go to that often. Bridal is every girl’s moment to wear something really spectacular that is made with a lot of care, love, and beautiful fabrics.” We could not agree more!
What Makes their Process Sustainable?
Each gown is made to order so there is no excessive inventory. A new dress begins as a sketch and then a single sample is created. Each gown is then designed and cut to create as little waste as possible. Everything is made in their Brooklyn studio, reducing shipping, minimizing carbon impact, guaranteeing their quality, and ensuring the labor is always fair and ethical. When shipping their dresses, Loulette Bridal use carbon neutral shipping with either plastic free or reused plastic packaging. Even their garment bags are biodegradable.
What Materials are Used and Where Does the Waste Go?
The linings for their dresses are made of recycled poly lining and natural fiber fabrics like cotton, silk, hemp, linen, and wool. All fabric scraps created while designing and cutting the dresses are recycled with Fab Scrap. Any of their paper products are printed on recycled or paper created from reclaimed fiber from the garment industry. No leather, fur, feathers, or any animal skins are used in the creation of their designs.
How Do They Give Back?
For every dress sold through Loulette Bride, a tree is planted in the bride’s name with One Tree Planted. Every season, they pick a new charity to donate a portion of their sales. Previously they have championed brands like Sunrise Movement, The Bee Conservancy, Pretty Brown Girls, The Lower East Side Girls Club, Women for Afghan Women, NYC Health and Hospitals, Fund Texas Choice, and so many more. Loulette Bridal also launched the West Street Wedding Collective Mentorship Program. This is a free program aimed at helping students of color to work on their creative pursuits with local experts.
While the fresh look of the Loulette dresses drew our initial interest, we fell in love with this company’s ethics, deep commitment to sustainability, and heart for giving back. These dresses will not only make a bride feel beautiful, but they will also bring peace of mind , knowing that the gown she is wearing was created in the most ethically way possible
Now that you know the inspiration behind these gowns, schedule an appointment to see for yourself why these gowns are so special.