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The Cotton Bride

Long Island City , NY
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39-13 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101 US (map)

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718-729-9730

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ABOUT US

The Cotton Bride
Chris Kole

Natural Fabric Bridal Gowns In Cotton, Linen and Silk
Handmade in the USA





The Cotton Bride by Chris... Read more
The Cotton Bride
Chris Kole

Natural Fabric Bridal Gowns In Cotton, Linen and Silk
Handmade in the USA





The Cotton Bride by Chris Kole is a fresh and sophisticated collection of natural bridal gowns designed for the modern bride. From the ultimate destination beach wedding to an intimate mountain chapel service, the collection is designed for brides who are looking for exquisite, easy to wear gowns that rise above the ordinary.

Each hand-sewn couture gown in the collection is created to be a pure expression of grace, simplicity, comfort and beauty. The collection blends a magnificent array of cotton, linen and silk, with hints of beadwork, lace and embroidery, to create gowns worthy of a glorious wedding day filled with celebration, love, happiness and joy.

Brides who would like to visit our Long Island City, NY, showroom & work studios are encouraged to schedule an appointment as far in advance of their wedding date as possible.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have about the collection, or about any styles that interest you, by emailing us at info@thecottonbride.com . You may also reach us by phone, fax and mail:

Telephone: (718) 729-9730

Fax: (718) 729-9740

Email: info@thecottonbride.com

Showroom/Work Studios (by appointment):

The Cotton Bride
39-13 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
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INFO FOR DRESS & ATTIRE

Who do you provide services for?
Bride
Which of the following services do you provide??
Appointments Only, Full Customization
Which of the following items do you offer?
Bridal Gowns, Formal Gowns, Plus Size Gowns
What is the average turnaround time for a bridal gown? (select one)
Less than 6 months
How often do you receive new bridal gowns?
Seasonally
What is your return policy?
Final Sale

REVIEWS

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Mindy
Wedding:
8/9/2015
5.0/5.0
I don't know why anyone would purchase their wedding dress from one of the usual suspects when you can get a custom gown for roughly the same price or less at the Cotton Bride. This place is amazing! Chris is a fabulous designer and Fikre is the most lovely, patient man who helps to take the stress out of what can be a very fraught experience. The final product was absolutely exquisite -- and exactly what my daughter wanted. We looked at a lot of dresses before we came to the Cotton Bride but let me save you the anguish - just make an appointment there and you can forego the headaches! You too can get the dress of your dreams.
I don't know why anyone would purchase their wedding dress from one of the usual suspects when you can get a custom gown Read more...
I don't know why anyone would purchase their wedding dress from one of the usual suspects when you can get a custom gown for roughly the same price or less at the Cotton Bride. This place is amazing! Chris is a fabulous designer and Fikre is the most lovely, patient man who helps to take the stress out of what can be a very fraught experience. The final product was absolutely exquisite -- and exactly what my daughter wanted. We looked at a lot of dresses before we came to the Cotton Bride but let me save you the anguish - just make an appointment there and you can forego the headaches! You too can get the dress of your dreams. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Truly a talented team. Having my dress custom made by hand and being able to have design input was a dream. It was SO fun, easy and I was more than happy with my dress. Most importantly I was SOOOOO comfortable. From the comfy, luxurious fabrics to being customized exactly to my body I comfortably wore the dress all day and night and then was so sad to have to take it off. Now it hangs on the outside of my closet and has become a beautiful sculpture that I love seeing every day! 100 stars and a HUMONGOUS THANK YOU to the COTTON BRIDE! Best dress ever!!!!!!!!
Truly a talented team. Having my dress custom made by hand and being able to have design input was a dream. It was SO fun, Read more...
Truly a talented team. Having my dress custom made by hand and being able to have design input was a dream. It was SO fun, easy and I was more than happy with my dress. Most importantly I was SOOOOO comfortable. From the comfy, luxurious fabrics to being customized exactly to my body I comfortably wore the dress all day and night and then was so sad to have to take it off. Now it hangs on the outside of my closet and has become a beautiful sculpture that I love seeing every day! 100 stars and a HUMONGOUS THANK YOU to the COTTON BRIDE! Best dress ever!!!!!!!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
4/19/2015
4.0/5.0
It is a bit difficult to review The Cotton Bride for me. If I was reviewing on just the final product, then I would give 5/5 stars, because I love my dress. But the Cotton Bride is a custom dress boutique, so the review needs to encompass the entire dress making process- which wasn't always great.

Fikre, was amazing. He is warm, kind, accommodating, and helpful. Chris, on the other hand, was quite difficult at times. There came a point in the construction where I wasn't happy with a certain aspect of the dress and Chris became very defensive, and almost impossible to communicate with on the problem. Thankfully, Fikre stepped in and eventually fixed the issue. But I did not enjoy working with Chris, he would question my thoughts, tell me I was wrong for wanting a certain thing changed or fixed, and would raise his voice at me when he got upset. Very unprofessional.

Eventually, the dress turned out exactly the way I had wanted- and it was gorgeous. So that was a good ending to the very stressful process.

If I could review this company separately this is how I would review it:

Final Dress: 5/5 stars

Customer Service (Fikre): 5/5 stars

Working with Designer (Chris): 1/5 stars
It is a bit difficult to review The Cotton Bride for me. If I was reviewing on just the final product, then I would give Read more...
It is a bit difficult to review The Cotton Bride for me. If I was reviewing on just the final product, then I would give 5/5 stars, because I love my dress. But the Cotton Bride is a custom dress boutique, so the review needs to encompass the entire dress making process- which wasn't always great.

Fikre, was amazing. He is warm, kind, accommodating, and helpful. Chris, on the other hand, was quite difficult at times. There came a point in the construction where I wasn't happy with a certain aspect of the dress and Chris became very defensive, and almost impossible to communicate with on the problem. Thankfully, Fikre stepped in and eventually fixed the issue. But I did not enjoy working with Chris, he would question my thoughts, tell me I was wrong for wanting a certain thing changed or fixed, and would raise his voice at me when he got upset. Very unprofessional.

Eventually, the dress turned out exactly the way I had wanted- and it was gorgeous. So that was a good ending to the very stressful process.

If I could review this company separately this is how I would review it:

Final Dress: 5/5 stars

Customer Service (Fikre): 5/5 stars

Working with Designer (Chris): 1/5 stars Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I love everything about The Cotton Bride. I found it by googling “cotton wedding gowns” and couldn’t believe it existed. It was exactly what I was looking for and I didn’t even look anywhere else. My mom and I went for my first appointment and fell in love with the dresses and working with Fikre and Chris. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, so spent hours trying on everything I liked. All appointments are private, which makes for a wonderful, relaxing experience. I ended up liking one of Chris’ dresses that wasn’t’ a wedding dress, so Chris sketched it and customized it based on what I wanted. I went in a few times for fittings, which were great . The only problem I had was convincing Chris I really didn’t want a train (I was firm from the start, but the dress had a train at the first fitting. It was easily removed). Fikre was a joy to work with -- responsive over email, accommodating with scheduling appointments and wonderful to chat with. I absolutely loved my dress! I recommend The Cotton Bride to anyone who wants a beautiful, personal, custom made dress and a fun and wonderful shopping experience!
I love everything about The Cotton Bride. I found it by googling “cotton wedding gowns” and couldn’t believe it existed. Read more...
I love everything about The Cotton Bride. I found it by googling “cotton wedding gowns” and couldn’t believe it existed. It was exactly what I was looking for and I didn’t even look anywhere else. My mom and I went for my first appointment and fell in love with the dresses and working with Fikre and Chris. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, so spent hours trying on everything I liked. All appointments are private, which makes for a wonderful, relaxing experience. I ended up liking one of Chris’ dresses that wasn’t’ a wedding dress, so Chris sketched it and customized it based on what I wanted. I went in a few times for fittings, which were great . The only problem I had was convincing Chris I really didn’t want a train (I was firm from the start, but the dress had a train at the first fitting. It was easily removed). Fikre was a joy to work with -- responsive over email, accommodating with scheduling appointments and wonderful to chat with. I absolutely loved my dress! I recommend The Cotton Bride to anyone who wants a beautiful, personal, custom made dress and a fun and wonderful shopping experience! Read less
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Joan
Wedding:
12/28/2014
5.0/5.0
We first discovered THE COTTON BRIDE just over two years ago when one of my four daughters was looking for a wedding gown of natural fabric that would allow her to dance up a storm at her upcoming summer wedding. Valerie didn't want to melt into a pool of sweat! We found The Cotton Bride on the internet and made an appointment. We drove up to their unassuming door, easily parked, climbed the stairs, opened the door and gasped with delight. Hanging before us were rows of the most beautiful diaphanous cotton bridal creations, gorgeous, unique, filmy, lacy, understated and magnificent all at the same time. Wow. We had seen too many poofy, heavy, and expensive gowns in NYC that had all started to look the same. At last! This room filled with custom-designed wedding gowns was just what we had been seeking! But this was only the beginning. FIKRE AND CHRIS ARE AN ABSOLUTE DREAM TEAM. Putting all of Val's favorite aspects together, they came up with what they now call "The Valerie" gown. (You can look it up and see it on their website.) Together they helped Valerie design and create her perfect dreamy wedding gown. When it was time for my next daughter's wedding, you can bet we headed right back to The Cotton Bride! Chris and Fikra beautifully refurbished and upgraded my wedding gown using all the original appliqués and lace ribboning until it was absolute perfection for Naomi, a new heirloom to treasure. Genius craftsman and artistic designer Chris built not only one, but two muslin frames for Naomi to try on, just to see which one she would prefer. Who does such a thing in today's world?! Only The Cotton Bride's perfectionists, Fikre and Chris, who want to make sure that the Bride is totally Happy with her wedding gown!
I CANNOT RAVE ENOUGH ABOUT THE COTTON BRIDE! Fikre and Chris compliment each other totally, giving of themselves with patience, time, care and creative ideas. They pay 100% attention to every detail of everything!
We first discovered THE COTTON BRIDE just over two years ago when one of my four daughters was looking for a wedding gown Read more...
We first discovered THE COTTON BRIDE just over two years ago when one of my four daughters was looking for a wedding gown of natural fabric that would allow her to dance up a storm at her upcoming summer wedding. Valerie didn't want to melt into a pool of sweat! We found The Cotton Bride on the internet and made an appointment. We drove up to their unassuming door, easily parked, climbed the stairs, opened the door and gasped with delight. Hanging before us were rows of the most beautiful diaphanous cotton bridal creations, gorgeous, unique, filmy, lacy, understated and magnificent all at the same time. Wow. We had seen too many poofy, heavy, and expensive gowns in NYC that had all started to look the same. At last! This room filled with custom-designed wedding gowns was just what we had been seeking! But this was only the beginning. FIKRE AND CHRIS ARE AN ABSOLUTE DREAM TEAM. Putting all of Val's favorite aspects together, they came up with what they now call "The Valerie" gown. (You can look it up and see it on their website.) Together they helped Valerie design and create her perfect dreamy wedding gown. When it was time for my next daughter's wedding, you can bet we headed right back to The Cotton Bride! Chris and Fikra beautifully refurbished and upgraded my wedding gown using all the original appliqués and lace ribboning until it was absolute perfection for Naomi, a new heirloom to treasure. Genius craftsman and artistic designer Chris built not only one, but two muslin frames for Naomi to try on, just to see which one she would prefer. Who does such a thing in today's world?! Only The Cotton Bride's perfectionists, Fikre and Chris, who want to make sure that the Bride is totally Happy with her wedding gown!
I CANNOT RAVE ENOUGH ABOUT THE COTTON BRIDE! Fikre and Chris compliment each other totally, giving of themselves with patience, time, care and creative ideas. They pay 100% attention to every detail of everything! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
I had to get on here and write a review for The Cotton Bride as soon as possible. (My wedding was 4 days ago). I had an amazing experience with Fikre and Chris from the moment my mom and I stepped through the door. They were both wonderful in their own special way and they truly listened to everything I asked them to do to create the wedding gown of my dreams. Their attention to detail is truly remarkable. Chris and Fikre customized and designed the gown to fit my body perfectly and they made sure that all of the alterations were exactly what I wanted (The alterations are included in the price which is a definite plus.) I would highly recommend The Cotton Bride to anyone who is looking for a stress-free experience, brides who are looking for reasonably priced gowns and brides who want to look absolutely stunning on their wedding day.
I had to get on here and write a review for The Cotton Bride as soon as possible. (My wedding was 4 days ago). I had an Read more...
I had to get on here and write a review for The Cotton Bride as soon as possible. (My wedding was 4 days ago). I had an amazing experience with Fikre and Chris from the moment my mom and I stepped through the door. They were both wonderful in their own special way and they truly listened to everything I asked them to do to create the wedding gown of my dreams. Their attention to detail is truly remarkable. Chris and Fikre customized and designed the gown to fit my body perfectly and they made sure that all of the alterations were exactly what I wanted (The alterations are included in the price which is a definite plus.) I would highly recommend The Cotton Bride to anyone who is looking for a stress-free experience, brides who are looking for reasonably priced gowns and brides who want to look absolutely stunning on their wedding day. Read less
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Carly
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
My dress came all the way to Oregon and was perfect and exceedingly beautiful. Custom made, and fitted for my size, wonderful quality and very reasonable time frame. Highly recommend! Friendliest company ever!
My dress came all the way to Oregon and was perfect and exceedingly beautiful. Custom made, and fitted for my size, Read more...
My dress came all the way to Oregon and was perfect and exceedingly beautiful. Custom made, and fitted for my size, wonderful quality and very reasonable time frame. Highly recommend! Friendliest company ever! Read less
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Fonebabe
Wedding:
8/28/2014
4.8/5.0
My dress was so beautiful thanks to Chris and Fikre at The Cotton Bride!! This is a place easily accessible to NYC and Long Island where you can have a couture, custom-made gown created just for you from beautiful, high-end fabrics. The dresses may not be super "traditional," but for the right bride, they are perfect. Because their dresses are made from your measurements instead of being altered, the fit of the dress was so perfect. Choosing my dress and working with the staff at The Cotton Bride was by far my favorite experience in my entire wedding process. Thank you so much!!
My dress was so beautiful thanks to Chris and Fikre at The Cotton Bride!! This is a place easily accessible to NYC and Read more...
My dress was so beautiful thanks to Chris and Fikre at The Cotton Bride!! This is a place easily accessible to NYC and Long Island where you can have a couture, custom-made gown created just for you from beautiful, high-end fabrics. The dresses may not be super "traditional," but for the right bride, they are perfect. Because their dresses are made from your measurements instead of being altered, the fit of the dress was so perfect. Choosing my dress and working with the staff at The Cotton Bride was by far my favorite experience in my entire wedding process. Thank you so much!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
After being disappointed in the wedding dress shopping process, my mother found this place and I found the dress that I thought I would never find. I had been dreaming of a cotton dress and this place had it and I was able to add my own twist to it. Fikre and Chris were great to work and at the end I got the dress of my dreams and I felt beautiful the day of my wedding! They are willing to work with you to get the dress to look the way you envision it. I love my dress and wish I could wear it again!
After being disappointed in the wedding dress shopping process, my mother found this place and I found the dress that I Read more...
After being disappointed in the wedding dress shopping process, my mother found this place and I found the dress that I thought I would never find. I had been dreaming of a cotton dress and this place had it and I was able to add my own twist to it. Fikre and Chris were great to work and at the end I got the dress of my dreams and I felt beautiful the day of my wedding! They are willing to work with you to get the dress to look the way you envision it. I love my dress and wish I could wear it again! Read less
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Lauryn
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
I'm so excited to wear my wedding dress next week. Searching for organic cotton wedding dresses, I was happy to find Cotton Bride near me in Queens/NYC. Fikre was so helpful by e-mail and in person with all of my questions. It’s in an industrial area of Long Island City (my parents and I drove, and my sister met us by subway), in one large showroom with so many beautiful dresses around the perimeter. I sent Fikre the names of my favorites by e-mail, which had comparable prices to lower-priced options at big name stores (~ $2000 or just above), but included alterations, and the dress is made just for you. They do have a ready-made line for less; these were pretty, but I felt would be more for a beach or outdoor wedding, with no train, etc. Before deciding, we did go to a few big-name stores, but the personal service at Cotton Bride could never be approached by a big dress "mill" that orders in a standard size from a designer you haven't met, and would not have options for sustainably sourced fabric. After narrowing down my favorites and discussing fabrics (silk cotton, heavier cotton, raw silk), Fikre brought out a dress from another line in black silk shantung (raw silk) with white lace appliques, that Chris had made a similar dress to in ivory for his own niece. It was so beautiful that we even considered a black wedding dress! I decided on that style in ivory silk with a small train, lined in organic cotton. My first fitting was less than 3 months later, and I chose how the appliques along the neckline would lay; and my 2nd and final fitting was less than 2 months from that. I try to source my purchases with care and hadn't liked the "regular" bridal dress options, and on top of this, the personal service at Cotton Bride could never be matched. The Cotton Bride's soft spoken humor, helpfulness, and suggestions by Chris and Fikre is the best of the best, and I can't thank them enough for such a wonderful experience and making such a beautiful dress that's so "me."
I'm so excited to wear my wedding dress next week. Searching for organic cotton wedding dresses, I was happy to find Read more...
I'm so excited to wear my wedding dress next week. Searching for organic cotton wedding dresses, I was happy to find Cotton Bride near me in Queens/NYC. Fikre was so helpful by e-mail and in person with all of my questions. It’s in an industrial area of Long Island City (my parents and I drove, and my sister met us by subway), in one large showroom with so many beautiful dresses around the perimeter. I sent Fikre the names of my favorites by e-mail, which had comparable prices to lower-priced options at big name stores (~ $2000 or just above), but included alterations, and the dress is made just for you. They do have a ready-made line for less; these were pretty, but I felt would be more for a beach or outdoor wedding, with no train, etc. Before deciding, we did go to a few big-name stores, but the personal service at Cotton Bride could never be approached by a big dress "mill" that orders in a standard size from a designer you haven't met, and would not have options for sustainably sourced fabric. After narrowing down my favorites and discussing fabrics (silk cotton, heavier cotton, raw silk), Fikre brought out a dress from another line in black silk shantung (raw silk) with white lace appliques, that Chris had made a similar dress to in ivory for his own niece. It was so beautiful that we even considered a black wedding dress! I decided on that style in ivory silk with a small train, lined in organic cotton. My first fitting was less than 3 months later, and I chose how the appliques along the neckline would lay; and my 2nd and final fitting was less than 2 months from that. I try to source my purchases with care and hadn't liked the "regular" bridal dress options, and on top of this, the personal service at Cotton Bride could never be matched. The Cotton Bride's soft spoken humor, helpfulness, and suggestions by Chris and Fikre is the best of the best, and I can't thank them enough for such a wonderful experience and making such a beautiful dress that's so "me." Read less
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