Meet Wedding Dress Designer Rebecca Schoneveld | Etsy Seller Stories

Meet Wedding Dress Designer Rebecca Schoneveld | Etsy Seller Stories


I’m Rebecca Shoneveld and I make a
collection of wedding gowns one summer I lost my job my house caught
on fire and within two weeks also I found out I was pregnant with my first
son it was a moment in time just get back to basics making clothes has just
always been such a source of joy for me so I spent a couple of weeks
photographing dresses I’ve made and I posted them up on Etsy and within 12
hours I had my first sale and it felt so wonderful and within the first few
months I had just a flood of convos coming in from all over the world one of
my very first bridal clients called me on a Wednesday her wedding was on Sunday
and she lived in Vancouver her dress had never shown up and she was desperate she
loved one of my dresses on Etsy so I called my mom we just worked around the
clock for three days FedEx it to somewhere on the border of Washington
State so that she could drive over it wouldn’t it stuck in customs the whole
thing worked out beautifully and for me that was the beginning of everything
it’s like all right I can do this my brand is all about highlighting an
individual woman’s authentic beauty when I connect a bride to her perfect look
that makes me feel so honored it’s really a magical transaction I tear up
not infrequently at my own workplace because some of my best clients are the
women who just are fairly convinced from the outset that they’re not going to
look good no matter what they do and by the end of her appointment her friends
are crying and she’s crying and she’s like I look really really beautiful Etsy really was the launch pad for my
business then I was able to open a storefront studio in Brooklyn still
working with a lot of Etsy brides and now we’ve expanded further and I have a
separate workspace studio as well as the boutique which is now a full-fledged
retail experience it’s funny to look back on starting out as just me in my
living room to current day we have me and 15 amazing team members who keep
this place running I always thought it would be wonderful
to have a space that showcased not just my own work but other Etsy sellers so in
my store I also carry other independent designers I like to tell girls listen to
your instincts when you put on something and it just makes you feel amazing you
don’t need to overthink it I just want to make things that make me
happy that hopefully make other people happy
simple spread a little joy

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