We have always been so similar yet opposite. Vanessa is more left brain, Andrea is more right. Vanessa has always been a social butterfly with a knack for giving directions. Andrea was knee-deep in glitter by the time she could walk and has been creating ever since. Growing up together as young sisters we would dream of someday owning and operating our very own retail store. We’ve always been big-dreamers, cautious risk-takers, and huge believers in love. Yeah, you could call us hopeless romantics. Working for ourselves was always the obvious choice, and who wouldn’t want to work with their bestie?!
You see, we are a little bit of retail nerds with an obsession for authentic customer service. Our favourite thing to do when visiting a new place is to check out it’s trendy independent shops. Gathering inspiration and learning how other retail businesses differentiate always excites us. It must be in our blood or something cause together we have always wanted to provide a special shopping experience. Until 6 years ago when Sash & Bustle came to be we didn’t exactly know what that meant.
Sash & bustle has some how married (pun intended) all of our skill sets and passions as individuals. One of our favourite work-perks is that S&B allows us to be a small part of a bride’s wedding day, which we couldn’t be more honoured for. Supporting other women has always been a driving force for us. It gives us the warm and fuzzies when someone lights up in a gown, when they feel like the best version of themselves and they just FEEL great. If we can help someone feel AH-mazing, that’s a win!
You may be wondering by now, why are we telling you all of this? Because we feel that knowing the story behind a brand is important. To provide a gentle reminder that all the small businesses who’ve had to temporarily close recently down due to COVID-19 have a human behind them. A human with childhood dreams, a human with a story and passions for their clients and community. Our hearts are going out to all small businesses at this time. A way you can help is by signing this petition to help Save Canadian Small Businesses.
As the world takes time to pause in hopes to flatten the curve please know that we are still here for all of you brides and couples. As wedding professionals we hope we can provide some guidance during this unertian time. I invite you to join our #sashandbustlebride Support Group to stay connected and meet other people going through similar confusing wedding plans. Its a space to vent, ask questions, get help and stay connected.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. Your support means the world to us!
Stay safe. We are in this together.
The S&B Sisters – Andrea & Vanessa