Les Trois Soeurs steps out with its finest collection
Dress to impress
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
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Legendary designer Jimmy Choo will be at The Luxury Bridal Show on May 4 as a VIP