1. WHERE ARE YOUR GOWNS MADE?
Our gowns are produced in the New York area. We produce 60% of our gowns in our own facility, and we work with nearby local factories to assist us with production of everything else. In fact, if you visit our NYC showroom, you can often hear the buzzing of sewing machines in the background while viewing our gowns.
2. WHAT MATERIALS ARE YOUR GOWNS MADE OF?
Our gowns are typically composed of about 90% silk and natural, sustainable textiles or a combination of these. If a gown contains lace, the lace is usually a blend of rayon, nylon, cotton or synthetics depending on the particular lace. We source all of our raw materials from reputable mills that meet environmental and working standard regulations. You will find a description of each gown’s materials under it’s product description in our Shop sections.
3. WHAT SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES DOES LM USE?
Our gowns are produced one at a time to fairly paid employees and contractors. Making them one at a time, minimizes over-production, surplus inventory and waste compared to mass production.
We carefully source the materials of our gowns to find and use sustainable textiles and natural fibers that are ecologically produced and meet several certification criteria. Unlike many other brands, we try to minimize the use of polyester as much as possible in favor of natural, biodegradable textiles. Polyester takes anywhere from 20-200 years to decompose, and silks and natural fibers can decompose in as little as 10 months when recycled properly. (This does NOT mean your gown will decompose after 10 months! It will last for decades if stored properly and isn’t disposed of in the appropriate manner to break down the fibers.)
All of our scraps, trimmings and textile waste is responsibly recycled by an organization called FABSCRAP. Read more about them here.
4. WHERE ARE YOUR GOWNS AVAILABLE TO SEE IN PERSON?
Please view the list of our stockists/partners to find a boutique nearest you here.
5. TIMELINE: HOW LONG DO YOUR GOWNS TAKE TO MAKE/RECEIVe?
Our usual production time for wedding gowns is about 18 weeks standard, unless otherwise noted in the product description. We do have rush options available here:
6. CAN YOU DO CUSTOMIZATIONS?
Some customizations may be able to made for you and discussed in person by your sales assistant or one of our boutique partners. In general, we don’t make full custom gowns from scratch, but you can usually switch a top or skirt to a different style, change color and we can also often add a strap or draped sleeve. These changes are not possible on every style, so it is best to consult with your sales assistant in person. Here are common add-ons and modifications that we can do.
If there is anything else you are interested in outside of the above, you can shoot us an email here.
8. DO YOU EVER HAVE SALES/DISCOUNTS?
To get our current bridal collection gowns at a 10% discount - visit our calendar of upcoming trunk shows to find one in your area. Most boutiques that are hosting a trunk show will offer a 10% discount on sales of our gowns during their scheduled Trunk Show Weekend.
You can view our online sale selection of discontinued gowns here.
You can also sign up to be notified of future sample sales and discounts here.
9. More Info about the Brand / Leanne’s Bio:
Leanne Marshall was born in Yuba City, California a dreamer of dresses. When most little girls were playing house, Leanne was playing fashion designer with a sketchbook, colored pencils and spare bits of fabric. In no time at all, with the help of a local seamstress, she began bringing her sketches to life. By age 12, her designs were being shown to the public in the form of costumes for her ballet and dance performances. Her natural gift for sketching and design, combined with the thrill she felt at creating costumes for performance, inspired her to pursue a career as a fashion designer.
At age 18, Leanne won the Levi's Dockers Scholarship at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco where she went on to study and graduate. After graduation, Leanne relocated to Portland, Oregon where she developed and launched her first line (previously named Leanimal).
In 2008, what would become a career defining year, Leanne was selected as a contestant for Season 5 of Project Runway. With an unwavering determination, she made it all the way to the finale where she showed her, now famous, wave inspired collection in shades of turquoise, ivory and sand. The judges, and audiences worldwide, were captivated by her final collection and Leanne was crowned the winner.
Fresh after her Project Runway win, Leanne relocated to New York City where she continued to develop her line. Her ready to wear collections have shown at New York Fashion Week and fashion weeks around the globe every year since 2008. Leanne has designed clothing for television, editorial and her favorite client, the real woman. Her work has been seen on countless celebrities including Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul, Arianna Grande, Solange, Jane Fonda, Dascha Polance, Jackie Cruz and many more. Her dresses and gowns have graced the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, US Weekly, The Post, TV Guide, The New York Times, People, Elle, LIFE, National Geographic, Lucky and countless others. She is proud to have designed high fashion patterns for Simplicity Pattern Company.
After years of designing custom bridal gowns, Leanne officially launched her signature bridal line in 2011. The sophisticated designs are known for their light, flowing lines, feminine details and timeless elegance. Each dress is handcrafted in the USA using only the highest quality materials. The Leanne Marshall Brand is a staple for the bride who wants a dress that will showcase, not overshadow, her beauty. Attention to high quality standards, proper flattering fits and silhouettes, and her unique ethereal approach to bridal have made Leanne a go-to for the modern bride. The bridal collection is carried in over 50 boutiques internationally and online.
Leanne's Ready To Wear Line is shown twice a year at official IMG New York Fashion week venues with many celebrities in attendance.
With touches of classic and modern, sophistication and youth, Leanne Marshall has captured an effortless grace and timeless elegance in her collection.