August 26, 2021 Meet Kisha
Meet Kisha: a bridal gown as refreshing as an icy glass of water on a hot day. Yep, Kisha is one of our favourites, and we want to walk you through the design and fabrication process from top to toe.
When searching for your perfect gown, every detail matters. On product pages or through social media, it can be tricky to truly convey the nuance of a gown.
So in telling you more about Kisha, we hope to help you connect more deeply with the design, and perhaps get an even better understanding about what you’re looking for in a wedding dress.
What Makes Kisha Special
Often it’s tough to get a sense of a gown through photographs alone. To help narrow your search, there are a few design points we want to highlight.
“Kisha is fantastic for how customizable the entire design is,” Truvelle founder Gaby Bayona says. “For example, the straps can be tied at multiple points. We opted to style them to sit right on the caps of the shoulders, but brides could also tie them lower on their back, or to be forward facing. It’s totally up to you.”
This means you can tie Kisha’s straps to set the waistline higher or lower, too. By design, Kisha’s got an extra long train—tall brides, we got you—that will be hemmed to your preference. Kisha is also available with an off-white bodice lining for a totally monochromatic look. It’s all about what makes you feel best.
“I'm obsessed with Kisha’s pearl fabric,” says Bayona. “It's really beautifully made by one of our Spanish suppliers, using very high quality materials.”
“You can always tell a beaded lace is not high quality when you pull at a thread and a whole string of beads falls off. With Kisha's pearls, that doesn't happen.”
Just beneath those pearls, the fabric belting provides support and flexibility—yep, both! This waistband is harder than is typical of belts this width, and this gives greater structure without tightness around the ribcage.
“A pro-tip for the belt,” says Bayona, “is to have two clips sewn in: one for the beginning of the day, and another clip that's a bit looser. That way, there's no fear or discomfort during a bomb reception meal or after a few bevvies.”
Everything to Know About Kisha
“Kisha is an incredibly comfortable gown,” says Bayona, “and the design choices we made were very intentional. With a gown that makes such a visual statement, we didn’t want to sacrifice any comfort or utility.”
“The tulle skirt on Kisha is way more forgiving than chiffon skirts when it comes to dust and dirt on the floor,” Bayona continues. “Naturally, if your gown is draping on the floor, it will pick up some dirt. But because we’re working with triple layered tulle, those dusty marks show up far less with a skirt like Kisha’s.”
Read: highly recommended for a bride likely to end up barefoot before the night is out.
And what about the bustle? “I would recommend brides to have multiple bustle points on a gown like Kisha,” says Bayona.
“Typically, we’ll use 5 to 7 points, and recommend our brides to be mindful of the skirt when the bustle is worn. But it’s your wedding day—if you have partied so hard that the train needs to be held or totally set free by the end of the evening, that’s obviously a win.”
Kisha’s bodice, with its dimensional pearl fabric, is one of the most striking in this collection. But brides should be mindful that fabric like Kisha’s can catch on earrings or necklaces.
“I think it’s fair to say this is true of many bridal gowns,” says Bayona, “but to keep that beautiful fabric in the best shape, I’d recommend holding off on the more rambunctious bear hugs. If you can’t wait, just be mindful of any possible snags!”
Photos by Alyssa Wright Photography
Kisha is Very Eco-Friendly
If you know Truvelle, you know that minimizing our environmental impact is incredibly important to us. The bridal industry has a huge environmental footprint and since the beginning, we’ve designed the business and our gowns to set a new industry standard.
You’ll see proof of this everywhere at Truvelle. (Our branded office materials are made by a carbon neutral company. Our staff? They transit, cycle, or walk to work. Our waste system at the office? 4 pronged: two channels for recycled matter, one for compost, one for garbage. You get the point!)
But what about our gowns? We’re so proud that our gowns are manufactured in our Vancouver studio, from first sketch to final stitch. But that’s not the only way our design processes are more environmentally mindful.
For example, when creating samples for new collections, we use fabrics that are defective or were rejected by quality control. We also keep past collection fabrics in mind for new designs; Kisha has the same high quality recycled lining as other Truvelle gowns, and makes use of the same taupe lining/tulle skirt combo found in its predecessor, the Sara gown.
Taking this approach reduces the frequency with which we have to order big quantities of new fabrics, which is one of the most environmentally impactful aspects of gown production.
You’ll also find that in the quality of our craftsmanship and design, our pieces are made to be timeless heirlooms that can be kept forever, passed down, sold second hand, or even reworked, further limiting our contribution to waste streams.
All of this is true of Kisha, and the rest of our collections. So if Kisha is your gown, you can be sure that great care went into keeping our workflow, and your wedding gown, environmentally friendly.
Kisha is a special gown for how it brings together a very modern romantic visual style while not compromising on the wearer’s comfort. We’re proud of this one, and hope you love Kisha as much as we do.
If you’d like to learn more about Kisha, or any of our gowns, get in touch—we’d love to share more with you. ✄