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.
Welcome to fabrics 101. All this week, Henry is going to give us the scoop on the best fabrics in bridal wear. Today, we start with one of the most popular of all: satin.
Satin is a man made fabric, which either has a silk content or a non silk content. The beautiful thing about today’s technology is that the new generation satins have a softer thinner texture which are silk-like at a fraction of the silk cost.
Michelle and I like to work with a non-silk blend as silk can catch and show flaws more easily than customized polyester. The three satin fabrics that we adore at the moment are:
1. Matte Sheen Satin – If you look at the style Kay (and 3-4 new styles in the pipeline) the fabric is treated in a special way according to our specifications that we call “matte sheen” – the fabric literally glows. When designing using this fabric we have used a lot of draping so that the draping is thinner so is less bulky.
2. Tissue Satin – This is even thinner than Matte Sheen Satin and the beautiful thing is that it drapes beautifully. It has been created specifically for outdoor and lighter weddings. Take a look at Horton/Helen which is light and airy and perfect for lighter weddings.
3. Traditional Satin – is slightly heavier and used by Michelle and I when we have more elaborate beading or more of a traditional style because the fabric lends itself to a kind of look when we want to achieve regal styles. Please take a look at Ivanka which gives an indication of a grander more ’established’ fabric that is used for this kind of look.
A question I am often asked is: How do I know if the fabric is satin?
The tell-tale signs are that Satin has a smooth texture and is soft to the feel. It comes in various degrees of malleability and flexibility. Even the classic and heavier weight satin has a wonderful weight and flexibility.
Brides love satin gowns for the classic feel and look. Michelle and I love using new-generation satins which are cut in gorgeous contemporary shapes. We like to use them in our signature look that we call ‘future vintage,’ such as our gorgeous Georgina gown.
Who loves wearing satin?
Fabric is a really personal choice some choose because of the feel, some because of look and the sense of formality which comes with the use of satin which other fabrics can’t give. Satin does not need to be over-embellished, it provides striking silhouettes without clutter and overworked design.
On Tuesday, we talk about Organza.