If you are a lesbian looking for a big dress or a gay man looking for a fabulous suit, you can go to the same shops as straight people do. A dress is a dress and a suit is a suit, you could say.
The difference in buying your wedding outfit is not necessarily in the clothes, although it will be a huge challenge to find a salesperson who is able to advise properly on co-ordinated ensembles for same-sex couples.
The real difference is in the shopping experience. Stores specialized in wedding wear are focused on hetero-sexual marriages. They are not used to service same-sex couples, and as a gay couple you should not need to justify your choice. Asking the lesbian bride what the groom will wear is well-meant, but awkward under the circumstances. We heard from grooms and brides-to-be the difficulties to find suits that are coordinated. We think the way to your wedding should be a joy and that you look perfect on the big day.
Leon Klaassen Bos started his career at an early age. Winning national fashion design competitions gave him the opportunity to launch his own line at the age of 19. After the couture academy in Amsterdam and an apprenticeship with couturier Frank Govers he found his passion for couture. In the mid ‘90s Leon worked for several fashion houses in Paris, one of them being Yves Saint Laurent. On his return to Amsterdam he started his own couture label Atelier LeonLeon.
Since 2014 he teaches masterclasses at the Master Tailor Institute in Amsterdam and he designs a couture inspired bridal collection for Bridalstar.
With his experience in design for brides and grooms, LeonLeon is a logical next step.
Nel started her career as a solicitor at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and then moved on to Shell, first as a senior legal counsel , subsequently as a change manager. Next she started her own consultancy and helped her clients (such as Nokia, ABNAMRO, ING Bank, Boston Consulting Group and Philips Medical) to improve their (innovation) processes. From 2010 she was the leading lady and the face of privately owned monuments. Early this years, she decided to pursue her first passion, fashion, and became the Manager of Leonleon, where she switches between her laptop and the sewing room in a pliable way.