Reiss

Oh, Kate—you looked absolutely marvelous in that Shola dress you wore to meet the Obamas last May!

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Such was the feeling of thousands of other women the moment they saw her in that nude dress from Reiss, the British fashion brand that’s been around since 1971. They were originally a menswear label but branched out to womenswear in 2000.

Wait. Let’s go back to Kate. Only about 1,000 Shola dresses were made by Reiss, which all sold out within hours of her wearing it. Their website also crashed as shoppers everywhere rushed to buy the dress. And there’s still a waiting list for the others who weren’t able to grab one, but founder David Reiss only had 600 more made when he could have cashed in on the event and had thousands more produced. But he doesn’t want cheap, mass-produced clothing.

And we agree. Reiss has that rare mix of luxury tailoring and a reasonable price tag—their pieces are always modern, youthfully elegant, but not loudly glam. And that’s why Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge is a loyal Reiss customer. She simply loves their dresses, and they have always been very private about it.

“She chose us because we are not always issuing press statements about who is wearing one of our dresses on the red carpet,” adds David. “She has shopped with us for years, and we never once let anyone know. We have always been very understated.”

Well, now we know where she shops! And we’re happy about it. Now let’s get on to the fabulous frocks they have online. These would be amazing as bridesmaids dresses…

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“We’re a design-led, iconic, modern, sexy label,” says Reiss brand director Andy Burling. “We act and think as a luxury brand, and design that way, too.” Their design team travels the world for design inspiration, like they do at brands like Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton.

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Reiss is currently not stocked in Australia, but no worries, ladies. They are carried by stockists all over the world. And you can get around this by setting up a UPS postal address with a mail forwarding company. Easy, huh?

For more wedding attire inspiration, visit Reiss online.

{First image via The Mirror; all other images via ASOS}

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”