Wrapor is a small, ethical, family run business, offering exclusive, high quality design Bridal Shrugs.
Each style, is handcrafted in the UK, from an extensive range of the finest fabrics, from silk to faux fur.
They offer a complete bespoke service.
Each one is cut, sewn and hand finished, to each customers, own specifications and sizes range from a size 8, up to a size 30.
I spoke to Kay McEllin about her thriving Business.
What is it you do, and what services do you offer?
"I have 20 years experience in the bridal wear business as a seamstress, this included making couture bridal gowns from start to finish as well as completing fittings and alterations on ready made dresses.
I found that lots of brides to be are looking for a little coverage to upper arms and shoulders, as most wedding dresses are sleeveless."
"I would notice that those brides to be would often look uncomfortable during fittings, trying to keep a traditional wrap in place, especially whilst walking and carrying flowers etc.
With this in mind I have created a clever alternative - an easier to wear garment which stays in place effortlessly, allowing you to enjoy you day."
"The Wrapor shrugs and boleros are all made to order from a wide range of fabrics and colours to match or compliment to fabric of your dress."
When and why did you start your business?
"In April 2007 a friend asked me if she could help to cover a small tattoo on her shoulder on her wedding day.
Kelly wasn’t too keen on bolero jackets, but instead requested a minimalistic style to just cover her shoulders and to compliment her dress without overpowering it."
"After several attempts with matching satin the Wrapor shrug was born!
Kelly wore the new creation all day and into the evening and it stayed in place, even on the dance floor… she absolutely loved it!
Shortly afterward I attended a short business course at MMU and I started trading as Wrapor in July."
"The clever design looks like a traditional wrap from the front, but is tailored to slip on like a jacket it is made to match to fabric of your dress.
Perfect if you would just like a little coverage to upper arms and shoulders, for added confidence, modesty or warmth on your big day.
The design is registered with the IPO and I am a member of ACID (anti copying in design) to protect it from copyright."
What inspires you?
"Brides to be are my inspiration! The design was created after years of working with excited brides to be who are passionate about their plans for their big day.
We will often chat about different ideas to embellish the shrugs and boleros or will suggest different types of fabric I haven’t used before, sometimes I have to adapt the design to suit them by changing the length or shape, which I enjoy doing.
I also love luxury fabrics especially silk. I will often see clothing or even plush soft furnishings whilst I am out shopping and I think how fabulous they would look made up as a Wrapor!"
What has been your favorite assignment, and why?
"Oooh there has been a few!
A customer contacted me who had bought a gorgeous bright red silk wedding dress and was getting married in the Ice hotel in Sweden. I managed to find the exact shade of silk dupion, it matched perfectly and she looked stunning!"
"I have very recently made a Flower of Scotland silk tartan shrug, which matches perfectly with the trim on the customers wedding dress, it looked gorgeous made up.
It is always lovely to hear how grateful customers are when they receive their Wrapor’s especially if they have ordered them to cover imperfections such as scars after surgery."
What’s your greatest achievement?
"I am quite proud of myself for taking the plunge to start my own business in the first place, my youngest son was only 18 months old at the time and the year before had recovered from a life threatening illness, so it was a very difficult time for me."
"As any working Mum will tell you, juggling work and looking after a family is never easy, but I love it!
And being my own boss means my hours are flexible and I can work around family commitments."
What’s the future for your Business?
"I will be adding new lines to the website, other designs and different types of accessories in the future.
I love working with brides to be, so I will always work within the industry and no doubt it will involve sewing. I am also starting to write a blog myself soon, so that will be a new challenge for me."
Thank you so much to Kay for sharing her fabulous product.
If you are concious that your upper arms are not as taut or toned, or you wish something covered up this is a perfect solution and they are really pretty too.
I really look forward to sneak peeks of the lovely Tartan Shrug after the Bride to Be as worn it on our Wedding Day.
Not only because tartan is part of my heritage but because I think it will be extremely popular with Scottish Brides.
To Contact Wrapor
Phone: 0161 432 1907