Les Trois Soeurs steps out with its finest col­lec­tion

Dress to im­press

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Ele­gant, pe­tite and qui­etly com­mand­ing, Terri Chan is very much like the bri­dal shop Les Trois Soeurs Bri­dal she started in Ca­nary Wharf six years ago. The 40-some­thing swapped a ca­reer in fi­nance for the world of wed­dings in 2011 and has been steadily build­ing up her brand ever since.

She rarely gives in­ter­views but meets us in her small but pris­tine bou­tique, tucked in Canada Place’s qui­eter North Colon­nade cor­ri­dor, as this spring she has some­thing to shout about.

The com­pany, named for Terri and the two sis­ters she set it up with, is about to host its largest event – The Luxury Bri­dal Show – with renowned shoe de­signer Jimmy Choo among the VIP guests. Held at the East Win­ter­gar­den on Thurs­day, May 4, it will show­case dozens of new sea­son dresses from a host of high-end de­sign­ers, in­clud­ing head­liner Hay­ley Paige, mak­ing her first UK ap­pear­ance. The Amer­i­can is a ris­ing star in the bri­dal in­dus­try and will be bring­ing over her fresh de­signs for the cat­walk and a trunk show on May 6 and 7. Terri said: “We were the first to bring Hay­ley over to the UK in 2011. I was just start­ing out and saw a show by JLM Cou­ture – the group she is part of – and fell in

My vi­sion is to get all the high-end de­sign­ers on board in Ca­nary Wharf

love with her dresses be­cause they are flam­boy­ant and unique.”

Raised in Nor­folk with a mother who was a pat­tern cut­ter and seam­stress, Terri stud­ied busi­ness law at univer­sity but never for­got her child­hood dream of work­ing in bri­dal fash­ion. Af­ter a ca­reer break she started Les Trois Soeurs Bri­dal from an of­fice com­plex in Beau­fort Court – where she still has her brides­maid bou­tique – and held her first show in a cor­po­rate space in Bar­clays.

She said: “I have al­ways loved fash­ion and since I was young knew I wanted to own my own busi­ness. When I got mar­ried in 2005 it in­spired me.

“I orig­i­nally wanted to de­sign dresses and that may be a project for the future now I know more about what brides are look­ing for.”

The for­mer PR be­gan with a few de­signs by Matthew Wil­liamson and Amanda Wake­ley and saw a hand­ful of brides each week.

To­day she sees up­wards of 40 ap­point­ments a week, with brides fly­ing in from Europe and Amer­ica to pe­ruse her col­lec­tion of more than 70 dresses and ac­ces­sories from de­sign­ers in­clud­ing Tem­per­ley Bri­dal, Aruna Seth, Lazaro, Monique Lhuil­lier, Caro­line Castiglianao and Bad­g­ley Mis­chka.

Terri said: “My vi­sion has al­ways been to get all the high-end de­sign­ers on board. You do have to charm them be­cause, in the be­gin­ning, no-one knows who you are and they are quite picky about who they work with. Be­ing in Ca­nary Wharf has helped.”

Dresses start at £1,800, with the most ex­pen­sive cost­ing up to £10,000, from trendy Is­raeli-born de­signer Alon Livne. The new­est ad­di­tion to the bou­tique is Greek de­signer Vic­to­ria Kyr­i­akides.

Terri said: “We are al­ways look­ing for new tal­ent and fresh ideas and try to add new de­sign­ers ev­ery year. That’s why we are do­ing the show be­cause we are grow­ing ever year.

She is hop­ing to have more than 300 peo­ple at the tick­eted event, which will in­clude a Ruinart Cham­pagne re­cep­tion, cat­walk shows, goodie bags, a per­for­mance from singer Earl, groom style in­spi­ra­tion from Sav­ile Row’s Henry Poole And Co, a jew­ellery dis­play from Tif­fany And Co, hair and make-up tu­to­ri­als from Bobbi Brown and Michael Van Clark, honeymoon ideas from Ta­mara He­ber-Percy, founder of Mr And Mrs Smith and scents from Pen­haligons. Ticket funds will go to World Vi­sion char­ity to sup­port its fight to re-ed­u­cate against forced and early mar­riages Am­bas­sador Lady Louisa Collings will give a speech on the night.

“I’m ex­cited but ner­vous as there is lots of pressure and a lot rid­ing on it,” said Terri, who hopes it will be­come an an­nual event and help lead to her open­ing a larger shop in Ca­nary Wharf. “The most im­por­tant thing for us is to make sure peo­ple have fun when they come here. The best mo­ment for me is when they find the right dress and are happy.” The Luxury Bri­dal Show pre­sented by Les Trois Soeurs Bri­dal and Brides Mag­a­zine, May 4, from 7-10pm, East Win­ter­gar­den, Ca­nary Wharf, tick­ets are £25 and VIP tick­ets are £50 both plus book­ing fee, le­strois­soeurs.co.uk

Terri Chan of Les Trois Soeurs Bri­dal will wel­come 300 guests to her show in Ca­nary Wharf on May 4

Terri stocks about 70 dresses at her Ca­nary Wharf store

Les Trois Soeurs Bri­dal

Leg­endary de­signer Jimmy Choo will be at The Luxury Bri­dal Show on May 4 as a VIP

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