Our story goes a little like this.
Leah S Designs is proof that wedding dress dreams really can come true
Once upon a time, a girl lived in a barn in a little town called Pakenham.
She worked every day half-asleep at her keyboard in an office dreaming about designing dresses. Leah worked at night serving drinks and thinking about designing dresses! Dreaming of all styles of dresses – long flowing styles, regal ball gowns, and simple boho whimsical styles. she mostly dreamed of creating the epitome of dresses. The long lacey, beaded white ones!
There was a lot of time spent staring longingly into the windows of Melbourne wedding dress shops. Checking out European runways and hoping her day would come.
One day an Imp came down and said, “I can make all your dreams come true.”
He was from a land called the Bendigo Bank. All he wanted in return was the girl’s soul. (and a moderate interest rate)
So with his help (and a touch of borrowed fairy dust), Leah S Designs was born in 2001
Starting small, Pakenham was the ideal place to start. After a few years of honing my skills, Pakenham became too small, so it was off to look at other Melbourne suburbs. We needed a space to house our workrooms and showroom. Lonsdale Street Dandenong was perfect, So we packed up and moved.
Adding a new label.
It was here we added another designer label, Plus size perfection bridal, which specializes in designing plus size wedding dresses in sizes 16 to 32. Growing up in the rag trade meant I was helping out on the production floor from a very young age. I studied the oh-so-real school of fashion, and as a woman, I believe every bride-to-be should be seen and heard. The label was a hit.
Everything seemed perfect until along came the revitalization of Dandenong and the news they were about to pull down our shop to make way for the new council offices. After seven years, we had to move.
We were devastated! But not defeated.
The search was on.
Lady luck was on our side when we found our current location, 3/167 Princes Hwy, Hallam, in 2011.
A perfect place just off the freeway giving us easy access to the Melbourne CBD. Parking right out the front and room for two spacious workrooms plus a showroom. Who could ask for more?
But something was still missing.
Our brides couldn’t complete their bridal look. So Hello Lovers Australia was born. An online shop for bridal jewellery and wedding accessories for all of Australia. Leah S Designs is now one of the Melbourne wedding dress shops with one of the largest collections in Victoria. Of course, our new location has the entire jewellery and veil range.
I can’t believe another ten years have gone past.
I won’t say it has been easy, but with a passion for bridal fashion, The long hours never have been an arduous task, and 21 years in the business have just flown past.
Leah S, we believe that dreams really can come true.
Excellent style, quality, and service don’t have to cost the earth; this belief has repeatedly been proven.
Leah S Designs now boasts a team of bridal stylists, dressmakers, and designers with a similar passion for pretty wedding dresses.
I am grateful to the wonderful people that have helped along the way and hopeful that the wonderful Victorian brides that have supported us over the years will continue to spread the word.
Come and see us sometime. And try on some of our beautifully crafted wedding dresses in Melbourne.
Bring your hopes and dreams with you.
Brides and debutantes can find us at 3 /167 Princes Hwy, Hallam, just 30 minutes from the city center of Melbourne.