Today we’d like to introduce you to Armine Ohanessian.
Armine, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. Armenia has a very interesting history and culture. The art, architecture, film, and music is something that has influenced me in my artistic practice from the very beginning. As a college student in Armenia, I attended the Fine Arts Institute before moving to the U.S. in the early 1980s. Moving to the U.S. my family and I settled in Los Angeles, and I began school at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (F.I.D.M.). There I was really able to develop my professional career and combine my interests of art and fashion design. I then began to work for a number of designers, fabric houses and eventually opened my own bridal store in Glendale, CA. Followed by a store in Studio City, where I currently am.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The creative aspect has always gone very smoothly, the struggles came when I first started the company with the logistics of operating a business. but hiring the right people helped me learn more about the business world.
RMINE – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
When I first opened my boutique, I was carrying a variety of couture designers along with creating my own designs. However, close to almost 7 years ago I began solely focusing on my designs. I think there really was a turn in how brides were wanting to experience the whole process of choosing a wedding gown. Many of my brides really wanted to set themselves apart and have a unique gown, something that had never been done or worn before. It was at that time that I realized I had the creative talent to simply focus on designing and creating one of a kind, couture gowns.
A lot of times I am asked the question “what is the trend in bridal”? I don’t think there is a trend in bridal, I think every bridal gown needs to be timeless, classic, with an edgy touch, and most importantly it is to bring out the beautiful features and personality of each bride. I believe in simplicity, when brides walk down the aisle, guests need to see the bride first, not her gown, or flowers or any other details.
However, when it comes to our evening collection, I see that differently… I love mixing colors, textures, very edgy, but still classic.
To begin, our process is always to start with a muslin fabric fitting. We start with muslin fabric fitting, before we cut the fabric, and most importantly everything is done in the studio.
What sets me apart is that although we have a variety of styles, from bridal to color and evening gowns in the studio, we always work with our clients to design a gown that fits their personality, occasion, and venue.
- $3500+ Depending on Fabric, Detail, Etc
- Address: 12242 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
- Website: http://rminebespoke.com
- Phone: (818) 505-9064
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rmine/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rminebespoke/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/rmine__
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