The stunning Mansion House in Truro where Amanda K is based.
How did I get into the bridal business?
It is a cliché but when shopping for my own dress I was disappointed with the local bridal shops…. Tiny changing areas, mediocre customer service and no passion to be seen. I have a business background and a lot of experience in sales and customer service, teamed with my interest in fashion and passion for dressing to suit your body shape, I said to my friend Carmen “ I could do better than this!” – she agreed and that was the day Amanda K was born!
How did you feel the day your boutique opened?
The day my boutique opened was wonderful – I had so much support from family and friends and although we started small with just two designers I was proud and threw myself completely into making it the success it has become today. The opening of the new boutique was completely different with great support from suppliers in the industry and generally an altogether more upmarket evening! I feel proud of how far we have come and what we have achieved.
What makes your boutique different?
Along with our friendly service, what stands out is that brides come to us not to just buy a dress… but to be styled. According to our brides we are the only boutique who suggest styles that flatter and try out different looks that we know will compliment our brides weddings. We have also introduced our own “Signature” Collection where we can change the design of a dress to suit each bride. We try to create an environment that is about more than just a dress, it’s an all-encompassing experience for the bride that we want her to cherish forever.
The best and worst thing about running your own business?
The worst not knowing when to switch off – I am a keen Facebooker and find myself on social media when I am supposed to be relaxing.
The best - making changes and improving the business as I see fit because I can make my own decisions that comes with running a business, and above all sharing such personal moments with my brides and their families – we are honoured to be involved and many come back to share pregnancies with us and anniversary details which we love.
What 3 things would you take with you to a desert island?
My IPAD so I can keep in touch with my brides - not sure about the Wifi connection though!
Something to read – I love the fashion magazines such as Vogue & Elle (and perfect time of year for it, just in time for the Autumn Winter collections)
A bottle of bubbly – a desert island sounds like a break away from it all so I would want a bottle of fizz. There is a local vineyard in Cornwall named Polgoon who do the most amazing Elderflower and sparkling Raspberry Aval – I always make sure I have a bottle chilled in the fridge as you never know when you might need to celebrate!