Empowering rebel brides and dressmakers through ethically produced wedding dresses
With each dress sold, Celia Grace donates a school uniform through Tailored for Education. Our dressmakers are guaranteed a safe and empowering work environment and a fair wage, allowing them to see doctors and take their children to school. We use many natural fiber fabrics, including handmade heirloom eco silks, made using no electricity and very little water or chemicals. Our dyes come only from renewable sources using reduced quantities of chemicals without compromising the quality of the results. 
It Began with a Love Story
In 2010, the idea of Celia Grace was born - a wedding dress line dedicated to uncompromising style, helping women in developing countries, and environmental responsibility.
Lisa Kaehler, CEO 

Seeing the rise of awareness about ethical fashion, Kaehler feels as though Celia Grace can become industry-changing company; one that stands up to fast, exploitive bridal fashion. When the former co-owner and CEO Marcie Muehlkebegan discussing sales, Kaehler saw a refreshed vision for the brand and took the chance.

Kaehler's background in retail began in her parents' stores, eventually involving many women owned businesses. After two years of working as a sales rep in the fashion industry, it was time for change. Initially, Kaehler wanted to establish a USA-made shorts line, but the opportunity to own and rework Celia Grace trumped earlier plans. The structure of partnerships with cooperatives is the only areas of the business without plans for change.

"I could play it safe but it wouldn't be true to myself. I think the company has tried to quietly say 'look at this amazing thing we're doing, isn't that lovely, you are beautiful if you choose to buy Celia Grace.' I want to be a little more direct. To be bold and show women, look at these rebel brides, aren't they cool? Isn't it amazing that they can empower women and look amazing AND have pockets? I don't want to be quiet anymore," says Kaehler.

Colleen Bankovich, Head Designer

Colleen lives in Western PA where she exclusively designs and handcrafts her own accessory line, Kata Banko Couture. She has designed and handcrafted couture veils, hairpieces, garters, dresses and jewelry since 2006. Her pieces have been styled with gowns from Lindee Daniel, Tara LaTour, Galia Lahav, Rebecca Schoneveld, Ines DiSanto, Rue De Seine and Daughters of Simone.

"From working directly with brides, I've heard it all. Often, they end up wearing dresses that aren't their personal style and taste. I want these [new] styles to enhance the woman – empower the bride in her own kind of fashion," says Colleen.

Refreshed and new designs aim for upgrades in wearability, versatility, comfort and modernization. Dresses and separates will reflect who the Celia Grace bride really is – the new generation of empowered, ethical and fashionable women. Sustainability is a top priority for Colleen, but She knows road to total sustainability takes time.

"Some fabrics currently used in production are sustainable, but others aren't as sustainable as what we want. To avoid waste, we are repurposing them and sourcing high-quality, sustainably produced fabrics moving forward," says Colleen.