What does the brand Henry Roth stand for?
As I was writing this, another bomb went off; two in Boston to be exact. The Boston Marathon. They were running to raise money for the victims of the mass shootings of children in Connecticut aged around 6 – 8 years old. I am very sorry, but there is something very wrong and we better start embracing that.
It’s time to hold close to what we believe and who we love and who is in our lives and make meaning of the things that we have control over.
Somehow, because my parents Aneta and Joseph Weinreich escaped the slaughter of six million, (that is million) Jewish people during the Second World War;
because fathers and aunts and brothers and best school mates and teachers and doctors and lawyers perished – they have incredibly strong view points on many things.
When it comes to wedding gowns, wedding planning, love ever after - it’s one message. For the two of them after nearly 60 years of working and living together .
Just work as a team and be optimistic.
If you look at the sky long enough and are looking for the clouds… look harder and it will certainly rain on you. If you seek the sun you will find the sunshine – it’s that simple.
It’s in this atmosphere, that myself and my two sisters, first generation Australian Jews, were brought into this world.
My parents, whose own parents had experience in fashion in one side and on the other of all things in a bridal charity started lives in Australia separately, then met and six months later it was down the aisle.
Despite coming from the bleakest of moments when the human spirit is questioned, they never did.
Poor can’t describe my parents as they were so. But they are so very richly spirited – overflowing with “we can and we will!”
No money. No university as they were a bit preoccupied at the time with survival and were busy saving their lives; no formal training as such, nothing to lose as there was nothing to save but themselves and each other.
And they created what is now called Henry Roth (they started as Rainbow of Sydney).
What does this mean to you, or me, or your wedding dress created by commercial wedding dress designers? That being, when it comes down to it, us. Henry Roth.
I believe we have a heritage. A history. Lessons my parents have and actively do pass on, that we carry and that we work by. That we try and be like daily.
What is instilled in us one major thing.
We all beat with the same heart, the same blood, the same group of humanity that we are citizens of.
It means that to us, that all our brides are our celebrities, no more or less. Whether you are Jennifer Aniston of Broome, Western Australia, or Halle Berry of Hollywood.
It means that we try to be available to our brides; that we are transparent, that we involve ourselves with you if you wish until you reach the top of the aisle. It means that we care, that we take responsibility and that we are honoured and privileged to have the most incredible staff and authorised stores that have a heart and ethics and pride in their professionalism.
Together with YOU, our Brides, our amazing people from all over the world and all walks of life, all types of religion, all kinds of approaches – we come together – not just because of the fabric, but because of the the passion and genuine feelings .
This weekend past, my parents were able to tell some of their story on the acclaimed Compass program.
They also feature on Roth tv Channel 5 Rent-A-Parents.
You cannot know how proud we are of our parents and who they are and what they instilled in us.
It is this:
Love equally, respectfully, quietly, deeply.
Today, Henry is continuing on his Fabric 101 “course” with a look at timeless and ethereal organza. Romantic, whispy and other-worldly, organza is ideal for the bride seeking a particularly romantic silhouette.
Over to you, Hen….
What is organza? Organza is a whisper-light fabric with body. If you were to look at a veil which is tulle (net) and almost translucent, chiffon is much more flexible and more lank. Meanwhile, organza is opaque and has more body to it; although it is light it is wonderful to use in gowns that have more structure. It is far lighter than satin (please refer to yesterday’s Satin entry).
The organza that we use at Henry Roth is a man-made fibre though indeed there can be a silk content organza. Michelle and I tend to use the manmade organza because it is a fraction of the cost of the silk, and contains fewer potential flaws and catches, though it still has virtually the same effect as silk organza
Lets look at the flexibility of organza and why we love using it so much.
1. Frills and flounces – Organza has body and lightness so it makes great frills and flounces without going too bulky and too heavy (Karina).
2. Organza drapes beautifully because it has texture yet is translucent. We often use organza as the top layer with satin underneath to give substance. Karola is a perfect example of a clean a-line gown with the second layer satin and the top layer organza. We then drape the organza and leave the satin untouched as a frame. Then the piece de la resistance of a gown like Karola are the appliqués which are virtually like gown candy.
3. Organza swirls – if you look at our Nicole gown you will see that this is on trend with gowns that have become almost sculptured and very “red-carpet celebrity” in style. Here we take organza and drape it in swirls at the front and create layering in the back for an almost soft ethereal and cloudlike effect.
4. Organza in light bodied a-line gowns like you can see here in Kendra, for which we have used our organza overlay in a modified clean a line skirt satin to frame the skirt. This gives a lightness and airiness that just using satin would not achieve.
Who loves wearing organza?
The people that love organza love the fact that it has an element of formality and lightness. Organza is worn by brides who enjoy a play of texture fabrication and who love that airy light feeling that organza brings.
Next up tomorrow? Tulle.