It feels like yesterday that I opened Headpiece.com. Twenty years has gone by in a blink. I still love unlocking the door with my purple key every day. Each twist of the key produces new ideas and brings me into the lives of so many unforgettable brides.
While Headpiece.com opened its doors in July of 1999, many don’t know the story behind its inception. I began my business by chance. I married in 1982 while in my second year of fashion design studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. I designed everything for my wedding; my wedding gown and veiled hat, my mom’s dress, my flower girl’s dress, centerpieces, bouquets, etc. Shortly after that, friends began asking me to design for them. My dear friend Maureen Corrigan was the first to honor me with her headpiece and veil design in June of 1983.
Our first professional photo shoot took place in 2000.
The Fashion Cycle
Witnessing a fashion cycle comes with age and experience. When I opened in 1999, fabric headpiece styles were nearing an end and tiaras were coming in with a roar! The more fabric and volume in a veil, the better! When I reflect on those days, I often say you could hardly see the bride through all of the tulle surrounding her face. But the truth is fashion is always cyclical.
Marcella saw this headpiece design in our window in 2003. She was the first to wear it and has since passed it down to her daughter for her holy communion.
I have the best job in the world. I get to create, meet amazing people, and have some fun and unique experiences. I always laugh when I think back to the phone call I received from a man asking me if I designed for any gypsies. He said they were creating a show about gypsy brides and they wanted to feature my designs. I thought it was a prank and hung up. Little did I know My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding would become a popular show on TLC.
Headpiece.com designs have been featured in many magazines during our twenty years.
The best highlights in my career involve my family! They have remained supportive and giving since the day I opened. Brielle and Aubrey have modeled over the years. Schuyler has helped me with my website and creative ideas. Jeff has always been my number one fan and is the genius behind the name Headpiece.com
Brielle’s wedding day October 14th, 2017
Photography by Allison Kuhn Creative
I am not one to ever celebrate me. Twenty years in business called for a celebration. I wanted to celebrate with a gathering of my brides and vendors. I also wanted it to be personal, so I chose to invite previous brides to my home to mark this special event. I was delighted to find guests would come from afar; Charleston, SC, Gettysburg, PA, Saratoga Springs, NY and the entire tri-state area. Brides came who were married in 1983 and just recently married. Marissa Lopez came while waiting to give birth any day, and Ashley Micceri came awaiting her veil design for her September wedding. I have always viewed Headpiece.com as a family!
Molly Gregor, Editor of New Jersey Bride Magazine, gifted me with this display designed by her art staff. It is proudly displayed in our window at the shop.
Brielle created a beautiful book collaborating photos and memories of so many wonderful clients, vendors, and friends. So many new clients at the shop have enjoyed flipping through.
Aubrey and Brielle opened the shop for those guests who wanted a tour of all that is bright and beautiful at Headpiece.com. Marissa Mackay, owner of Something Bleu Bridal, and previous owner, Denise Eliopulos were thrilled to see our latest designs.
The party ended with custom designed purple and gold cupcakes by my sister, Suzie. The day couldn’t have been any sweeter.
So here I sit at the end of twenty years thinking of what is ahead. I am just as excited as the day of my Grand Opening. Those who know the full story of Headpiece.com know that it began with a dream of a store with four quadrants and a purple and gold sign out front. Well, I am still dreaming, and I can’t wait to tell you more!
Next month on the Fourteenth:
A Fairytale Bride