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Sash and Bustle

Sash and Bustle is a chic wedding dress shop that newly renovated their store at 111 Berkeley Street. 

The Moss Park neighbourhood has a special meaning to owners Vanessa and Andrea Dineen, whose grandparents had a business on Queen Street East. 

sash and bustle torontoThe sister duo grew up always knowing they wanted to work together, but had a dream specifically to open their own clothing store. 

sash and bustle torontoFast-forward to 2014 when Vanessa and Andrea opened Sash and Bustle's first location on Carlaw Street which was only 600 square feet. They next moved to a 1800 square feet space at Queen and Broadview.

sash and bustle torontoThe recent move to 111 Berkeley Street gave the sisters the opportunity to build their dream store during the pandemic before it went through full renovations to re-open in March 2021. 

sash and bustle torontoThe new space consists of two levels. On the first floor you'll find two separate sections with showrooms for their dress inventory which includes over 20 different designers from around the world. 

sash and bustle torontoThe sprawling display rooms include neighbouring shelves with gifts for bridesmaids, intricate bridal jewellery and hair pieces. 

sash and bustle torontoIn the back area of the lower level is the first private fitting room that is wheelchair accessible. The room is a replica of their former Queen Street store that utilizes the same furniture and cubic wall art. 

sash and bustle torontoThe other five fitting rooms are located upstairs. Soon-to-be brides can choose from two different types of experiences with a stylist at the store. 

sash and bustle torontoThe sweet and simple appointment lasts for about 75 minutes. You meet with a stylist who goes over your basic needs of what you're looking for in a wedding dress. 

sash and bustle torontoThere's also the luxe appointment where brides have around two and a half hours fitting that comes with a charcuterie tower and bubbly while they try on their dresses in front of family and friends. 

sash and bustle torontoThere's a rack beside the second receptionist desk upstairs which also includes pre- and post-ceremony bridal outfits, like a white pantsuit or skirt set. 

The dresses at Sash and Bustle mainly come from designers in Canada, Israel, Turkey, Australia and Eastern Europe. The prices range anywhere between $2000 to $7000. 

sash and bustle torontoThe philosophy at this store is all about giving access to luxury items and making them affordable for the modern bride. 

Here's a taste of the type of dresses you can find at Sash and Bustle.

sash and bustle torontoThis dress is called Stella ($4000) and comes from the Alyne Collection by Toronto-based designer Rita Vinieris. Coincidentally Vinieris grew up on the same street where Sash and Bustle is located. 

sash and bustle torontoThis is a classic dress with a modern twist. Made out of a satin material, it includes a full skirt with a structured bodice which adds shape to the look. 

This is for the bride who doesn't want a dress with a lot of frills, just something clean and classic that allows her to shine on her special day. 

sash and bustle torontoNext, the Preston ($4300) which is included in the Blue by Enzoani Collection by the namesake designer. The epic lace train is what takes centre stage. Plus, it's easy and light to walk in.

sash and bustle torontoThe dress has a gorgeous mermaid-like fit and a sweetheart corset-style bodice which pans out into the heavy lace that adorns the bust and bottom of the train. 

This dress is for the bride who likes glam but is also looking for something bold that will make her stand out on her wedding day.  

sash and bustle torontoThe "Scout" dress ($3500) in the Wtoo collection by Watters Design emulates the traditional ballgown look. 

There are handmade flowers made out of horse hair tulle in the shape of roses that decorate the skirt of this dress. 

sash and bustle torontoFluffy layers unify at the bone-in corset giving it some rigidness. This dress is for the bride who is soft, feminine and who might be having her wedding in a garden. 

sash and bustle torontnoIsrael-based designer Adi Shlomo designed this dress called Marie ($7500) from her Royal Collection. It was made in a small atelier in Tel Aviv by Shlomo whose designs have started rapidly emerging into the North American wedding dress market. 

sash and bustle torontoThis dress is super versatile as it's separated into two parts, the top corset with billowing sleeves can be paired with any bottom from the collection. The dazzling skirt featured here has intricate white beads which give it a luxe look. 

Marie is for the glitzy glam bride who wants to find a detailed dress made with luxurious material without spending over $10K. 

sash and bustle torontoThe Marion dress ($3600) is by Aesling in Vancouver. It's made with recycled polyester linings for an eco-friendly production cycle. 

In addition to graceful bishop sleeves beautifully drape down against the satin mermaid skirt, there's a v-neck front and low scoop back adorned with buttons. The sleeves on this dress are detachable and available in plus-size options at no extra cost. 

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Sash and Bustle is located on Berkeley Street just around Richmond Street. 

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