Emily Cohen admits she didn't know a whole lot about wedding dresses and the process of finding one when she started looking for her wedding dress, about four months after she and Ted Eiseman announced their engagement.
"I went to three or four local wedding stores, and it was just not a good fit for me," said Cohen, an acupuncturist by trade
"Everything was factory-made, polyester, made in China, with a lot of it catering to a real Disney-princess-slash-Barbie-doll look. I'm more oriented to natural fibers, and because of what I do, I'm into holistic things. I was having trouble finding something that was flattering and well-made and suited my tastes."
Emily found Celia Grace through a friend and tried on dresses at the Celia Grace studio in Amherst, MA and fell in love with the Jane dress, a flattering and comfortable raw silk dress with Made in the USA lace trim.
Cohen said she didn’t really know she wanted a fair trade dress until she was introduced to the idea. “I didn’t know such a thing existed,” she said, adding that she was attracted not only by the quality, but also the fact that the dress was made from silk, which made her dress both comfortable and meaningful.
“Once I picked out the dress, tried it on, and ordered it, Marcie sent me pictures of the women making the dress in Cambodia,” she explained. “They’re in this beautiful, light-filled space … it looked like they were having a good working experience. It makes me feel good to spend my money that way.”
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