This custom bridal boutique in k-town is run by the sweetest couple.
Mr. Seo made my silk organza a-line dress for me and I cannot tell you how beautiful the dress came out, especially the pick-ups in the back. Mr. Seo may not talk much but he makes the most beautiful dresses. His wife, Mrs. Seo was a very sweet lady, though I didn't speak Korean I loved going to Shin Bu for my monthly fittings and have girlie talks with Mrs. Seo.
The quality of their sewing and style is impeccable. Check it out for yourself. :)
After going to 7 bridal dress shops, I thought that I would never be able to make a decision on a dress without having to spend over $7000. But when I went to Shin Bu, they were able to gauge my style and come up with their own design for me. He has a great eye for design and is extremely detail oriented. I had to go to multiple fittings since they were custom making the dress for me. And when I would notice something I didn't like, he would mention it before I even could.
I LOVED LOVED LOVED my dress and so did my family and friends. I got a lot of compliments on how beautiful my dress was. And what was even greater was that I was able to return it! I got a dress made to fit me perfectly for my one special day. And I don't have to keep it in my closet! You do have the option to buy the dress though. I just personally didn't want it to take up all my closet space.
I HIGHLY recommend Shin Bu! They are extremely professional and reliable. I have at least 5 friends who have all rented their custom made dress from Shin Bu. And we were all happy!!!
THE BEST VENDOR I HAVE WORKED WITH SO FAR. I recommend them to everyone I know. The husband & wife duo are friendly and very organized. They're the only vendor I truly want to thank. When you're planning your wedding, working with great vendors really takes a load off of your back and they're absolute miracle workers. LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM <3
Shin Bu Bridal is a custom dress shop by designer Mr Seo. His sweet wife runs the shop, and will become your confidante. on my first visit, my matron-of-honor & i already loved two gowns. Mrs Seo is not pushy, & encouraged me to come back which i did with another bridesmaid. I ended up making an additional appointment to show my mom the dress.. Yupp 3 appointments before deciding. On my wedding, i wore a dress that had it's own wardrobe change!!
- pre-ceremony, wore it with a champagne silk sash tied into a huge bow in the back
- tradditional catholic ceremony, had a long sleeved lace top ala grace kelly (or kate middleton) with the train let out
- reception, custom made lace belt with the dress bustled up
i did shop around at 5 other Ktown bridal shops, & there was nothing like it.. no one offers dresses with silk of this quality, & no one dare uses french alecon lace on a rental. i loved my dress, i absolutely loved my laced veil, & my two hairpieces.. a beaded lace i wore under the veil for the ceremony, then a pair of fun silk flowers with feathers for the reception. i loved this shop so much, that i took my "getting ready" photos here. Mr & Mrs Seo were both so accomodating, and gracious.
For those who are unaware, all Ktown dress rental shops include the veil & accessory rental, alterations & cleaning. to be the first one to wear the particular dress, there will be a premium.. my friend paid an additional $350 for the shop to hold the dress until she wore it first. This boutique is a bit different from all the other Ktown dress rental shop
- everything is custom made by Mr Seo, even the samples you try on.
- you can build a dress from scratch, or even ask them to copy of a designer dress. my friend copied a top from here & bottom from there, and thought her dress was better than the original designer's
- you can choose to keep the dress, or return it. returning it= rental= save $$ & closet space, which i did & do not regret one bit!
- each dress can only be worn by 2 brides.. the silk is delicate & can not withstand another wear/ cleaning/ etc. after 2 weddings, these dresses become the sample you try on =)
- they have a lot more fittings (than other ktown shops) just to make sure the dress is perfect!!
- they have the poofiest petticoats, which are pretty comfy! hehe
- it's all quality & perfection. the material is top notch. they only use silk, tulle, & imported french lace
As for pricing, don't quote me on it since each dress is so different. However, here's my honest estimate.. $2000+ for a custom that you keep, & a little less if it's a rental (that you return). if you choose to rent a dress off the rack, it'll be $1200-1500. Also, if the dress has lace, add another $100-300 which depends on the amount of lace. again, the dress price will include the rental of your veil/ accessories/ jewelry.. & all the detailed alterations!
Please make an appointment to check out this adorable dress boutique. if they don't have the dress you love, Mr Seo will design it & Mrs Seo will make sure you have the veil of your dream~
Shin Bu is the place to go to get your wedding dress. You can either buy a new custom made dress from them or you could rent it. I had never heard of this until I had went to Hong Kong on business and found out everyone there does it because they do not have the room to store a wedding gown that you are never going to use after your wedding day. So when I got back to LA, I found a couple of places in Koreatown that rented wedding dresses. Shin Bu was the best. They used the best material (my dress was Italian silk organza) and would custom make your dress exactly to the way you wanted. It is a husband wife team. The husband is the dressmaker and the wife fits you. They are very accommodating and patient, listening to what you want and never seemed irritated at any change I suggested. I started off as a bride that wasn't exactly excited about any wedding dress in particular. They all seemed pretty enough. But when my dress was done, I was in love. I actually didn't want to give it back. Everyone at the wedding told me the dress was so pretty which is expected right? But one of the wait staff who is getting married actually came up to me and asked where I had gotten my dress and wanted to get my same dress. So I knew for sure the dress was as pretty as everyone else said. I would 100% recommend them to anyone looking for a wedding dress, especially if you want a custom made one for an affordable price and are cool with giving it back after. You will not be disappointed.
It was a lot of hard work and tons of dress fittings but I got the perfect dress for our special day. Shinbu was the best decision that I made. They were able to create a dress that was not only well fit for my body type but also create a design that was referred to as beautiful and stunning over and over again. Our photographers were so happy to have found a bride with a dress that was beyond the common design that they saw over and over again. It was hard work going to so many fittings but it was well worth it. If i had to do it again, I would definitely go back to Shinbu.
They do amazing work here. I was introduced to shin bu from another bride and they custom make dresses. I brought in a picture of a dress and they were able to replicate the dress for a fraction of the price. They offered to rent it and gave me an option to purchase it.
There is no place like shin bu wedding shop. they gonna make your dreams come true
AHHMAZING!!! I know so many brides that custom made their dream wedding dress from Shinbu. After my sister had her dress made at Shinbu, I knew there was no other place to go to! Just like wine gets finer with age, so does Shinbu's wedding dress designer's skill. My custom made wedding dress was prettier than my sister's dress!
Wedding dress designer Ho Seok Seo works together with his wife and they are the cutest couple. They will work with you to find your perfect dress and will do everything possible to make sure the dress is just right! They even made more alterations the day before my wedding when I went to pick up my dress because I lost too much weight from my final fitting (three days prior). It's one of the perks of having your dress custom made!
Don't even bother wasting your time going to other places because once you go to Shinbu, you'll find your perfect dress! Shinbu has dresses for every budget. You can rent dresses off their rack or custom make a dress to rent or buy. Thank you Shinbu! I loved my dress!
I loved my wedding dress. It was little bit pricy but I would pick that dress again even if I go back to the moment I saw that dress.
I gain few pounds after I book this dress, but they waited a week more to do fitting while I did diet. Fortunately I was able to fit my body to the dress....
Love the dress!~ Mr. & Mrs. Seo did an excellent job.
I got my dress costume made and I absolutely loved my dress. They will make suggestions for you along the way but create whatever you want. My dress turned out just like what I saw from the designer of the original but for 1/2 the cost and it was perfectly fitted for my body. I did not end up keeping it (I did the costume made where you give your dress back at the end) because I knew I wouldn't need the dress afterwards. But I hope someone else will see it and rent it out for their wedding cuz it was simple and beautiful. I just love the husband and wife team and I wish I could get married again, just so I can use them again. I've recommended them to several ppl and I know a lot of ppl who have used them and never heard anything bad about them. They are top knotch!
I bought my wedding dress at a monique lhullier's sample sale and took it into shinbu for alterations and some extra changes. It looked perfect! I loved working with the shinbu team.
I loooooooooooved my custom-made dress! I entrusted Ho Seok with the entire dress...my only 2 wishes were that dress make me look skinny and be sparkly. As I saw the dress being constructed, I got more excited about wearing it! When I saw the final product, I was just amazed...it's literally one-of-a-kind. It fit my body perfectly and loved the lace and beading!
Working with Ho Seok and his wife for 8 months was also a pleasure. They're both so easy-going and flexible.
I LOOOOOOOOOVE my dress. I thought it would have taken me months to find the perfect dress, but all it took was one visit to Shin Bu. The ladies were great and helpful. Before going in there, I didn't know the difference between a trumpet vs mermaid vs a-line, so the lady walked me through everything. I had to be fitted three times, but that's because I lost a lot of weight before my wedding.
I would recommend this place to anyone!
Loved my rental dresses from SHIN BU. Mr & Mrs Seo were so friendly, nice, and accomodating. I had to keep my pre-wedding photo shoot dress with me for 1 month, and they were OK with that! The service was absolutely incredible. My bridesmaids fitted into their dresses for the first time the day before the wedding, and the next day, everything looked perfect! They had spent all night altering all the dresses. On D-day, we all went to the salon to dress up, and they were there making sure everything looked perfect, making last minute changes to the dresses as necessary. I just love their sophisticated design, impeccable customer service, and the lovely bridal shop. Highly recommended!
I cannot rave enough about Shin Bu... after my dress maker cancelled my dress 2 months before my wedding because she was so busy setting up her own line (she should have known NEVER to take my order), I desperately asked one of my friends for a referral and I scheduled an appointment with Shin Bu. At the meeting, they took the time to listen to everything I had to request for the dress, measured me right away, and said yes to helping me even though their dresses typically take over 6 months to make. I had 8 weekends to fly/drive from Las Vegas (wedding locale) to Los Angeles to finish all required 8 fittings.
Every visit was more pleasant than the previous as we got to know each other. Each visit was a progress to a dress I had dreamt of. I loved how customized my dress was, even though it was ultimately a rental. Looking at my scoliosis and noticing that one side was higher than the other, the designer was awesome in actually making one side shorter - can you believe it!!!
No detail was spared: I got the veil I wanted, all the jewelry to wear for the night, the undercoat, everything. Nothing was spared, everything was drop dead gorgeous, if I should say so myself!
I love, love, love, Shin Bu and would recommend it to everyone who asks!
Oh, I forgot one detail that makes them even more of heroes to me! On the Thursday prior to my Saturday wedding, my bridesmaid was supposed to pick up the dress and found out that the electricity at their shop had gone out and so what did he do? He took my partly made dress, ran to his home to finish the dress, and had it back in time as agreed for her to pick up the finished product. AND, they didn't mess up/forget a single thing!
My dress was beautiful. It was so beautiful. SO BEAUTIFUL. *sigh* I rented my custom-made dress so that it would be more affordable and I had to go to about 10 fittings, but in the end, it was all worth it. The look in my husband's eyes as I walked down that aisle. Unforgettable.
This place was great! They are very very patient and most of all they love what they do and they are very great at it! They custom make the dress from scratch. They care deeply and is very passionate about what they do. The designer is very detailed and will not give up until he gets it right and he works on it until he sees that expression on your face that you approve and you love the dress. It was beautiful!! I got my ceremony dress and my reception dress there and I loved them all! I would recommend and already have to many many people to go here for their dress!
AMAZING. This is a husband and wife shop, where the wife assists her husband, who designs and creates the wedding dresses. He used to work with Jenny Lee, and so his style is impeccable. They are always reachable by phone, he is flexible with his schedule, and the DRESSES. *sigh* the DRESSES. If you can't afford to buy your dress, he'll custom-make one FOR you and then let you rent it, which is what I did. He is AMAZING. Just take a visit to their shop in the heart of K-town, and you'll see for yourself how beautiful his craftsmanship is. SO RECOMMENDED!!! =D
I loved how my wedding dress came out. I wasn’t sure if it was THE dress when I tried on the sample they had available when I first checked the place out. After many fittings (I think I had over 15 or so), the dress came out to be perfect for me. I loved how light it was throughout the day. The only part I had was how long the bustle was. I think I had my dress stepped on at least 6 times throughout the night.
My dress was gorgeous. Be prepared to go in for a fitting every 3 weeks up until your wedding. My wedding was in October and my first fitting began in February/March. Also, sometimes the owner forgets what you want so make sure you continuously remind him! I wanted a modified A-line and he kept telling me he would give it to me, but as the dress was getting close to being done, I noticed it was still a full blown A-line dress. I mentioned it one more time and he then fixed it. That was about 2 months prior to my wedding.
My only real issue with my dress was that it was about an inch too long in the front. I had my final fitting a few days before and should have asked him to hem it, but he assured me that it would be fine. It was a problem during the day of since I kept stepping on the dress...especially during the walk down the aisle. The bustled train also prevented me from executing my dance lessons step by step. It was much longer than expected.
Overall, the style and quality of his work is great. I highly recommend his bridal salon. Just be very assertive w/ him. Shin Bu lends out their crinoline, a darling shrug, hair accessories, veil and jewelry!
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Shin Bu Bridal carries unique selection of bridal dresses which can be customized to your body type and figure. A Husband and Wife team has many years of professional experiences in custom designing and alterations. I would strongly recommend Shin Bu Bridal to those meticulous and detail oriented brides who wants a "Perfect Dress" for their "Once in a Lifetime" event..!!!