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Hi there lovely! I'm Katherine, designer & stylist just outside of NYC! I help brides and entrepreneurs find elegance (& simplicity!) in an industry filled with overwhelming options and quick-dissolve trends. Here on the blog you'll find the behind the scenes of our joy-filled studio, special peeks into the bridal collections, bits of education for designers, and the style secrets I've curated over a decade long love affair with French life & style (and y'know it's the real deal when it comes with a French husband and bilingual littles...).

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Dear K, I’ve been dreaming of a gown that buttons all the way up the back, but I’m not sure I trust my husband enough to unbutton it safely without damaging the dress. Plus, he’s going to complain. What do I do?! Sincerely, Dreaming Of My Perfect Dress   Ok friend, I totally feel you […]

“It was the legacy of love and marriage, manifested in a gown” – Amy Demos Jordan Demos and his sweet wife Amy reached out to me to design a custom heirloom gown for their destination vow renewal, planned to take place in a lavender field just outside of Aix-en-Provence in France. When they were married seven years […]

Before I rebranded and freshened up the look of Katherine Bignon, and clarified exactly what this brand is, I spent all my time trying to attract everyone. Literally everyone. I tried to make sure that my blog posts were so varied that I was always attracting different people. I designed whatever people asked me to […]

When I sat down to design this collection, the original intent was to create portfolio work, along with website content. I wasn’t sure whether I would ever “launch” it as a collection and release the designs to be created for brides. But when I started sketching out the concepts for the Classic Collection, this was the gown […]

(Just in case you’d like to first read Part 1 of this week’s Paris Travelogue, it’s right here!) Continued from last week… I changed my name when I moved to 26 rue du Pilouvet, an ordinary French street, lined with tiny Peugeots and compact Renaults, parallel parked with one side perched up on the curb, […]

I spent years being embarrassed that all of the garments I designed were created on a little home sewing machine. Just me and my tabletop machine. I’d pull it out when I was ready to sew, and then pack it up when I needed to cut and create patterns on the table space. I felt […]

If you read last week’s installment of the Paris Travelogue + City Guide, you’ve actually already met the beautiful bride that I get to introduce you to today! I lived with Réanna and her family the year that I spent in France, and now I am SO excited that I get to design her wedding […]

It was right in the middle of our photoshoot, while we shivered and chattered and apologized over and over to our dear model who was courageously wearing silk strapless bridal gowns in the middle of Central Park on a December morning, that I looked at Abby and asked if I sent her the illustrations from […]

Every time I see a portrait of a bride and groom on the steps of City Hall, or hand in hand strolling on cobblestone streets while they elope, I have to admit my heart skips a beat. The simplicity of it is always so beautiful! And if you pay attention, the dress the bride chooses […]

You can’t find chocolate chips in French markets. This is what I’ll tell Piper one day, our firstborn who grew up in between two languages, two cultures, and two countries, with a French father and American mother who floated back and forth in between trying to figure out how to give her both. This is […]

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