Orla Stiles began her career in the fashion industry. But when she got engaged on her own, she discovered a huge disconnect as she searched for the perfect white dress. For some, bridal shops can conjure up images of pushy salespeople and uber-traditional gowns. Orla felt that there wasn’t a stylish option for the carefree, bohemian bride. She took a leap of faith and Solstice Bride was born!
A few steps from Abbott Kinney, you’ll find Venice Beach’s solution to everything bridal. Aside from the gorgeous dresses, the space itself is inspiring. Exposed brick sets the scene for a bohemian bridal paradise. (That shibori sofa!!) We took 5 Minutes With the newly-minted shop owner, and as a result, are actually considering buying a wedding dress all over again:
MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
After a bottle of wine, going online and adding “Small Business For Dummies” to my Amazon shopping cart 6 months ago.
I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
My dog Mugs comes into bed to wake me up. (And of course coffee… lots of coffee.)
One word answer: RELATIVE. For me, it’s waking up in the morning and not dreading my work day and being excited to tell people what I get to do for a living.
YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
My big mouth – you’ll hear me before you see me.
MY DREAM COLLABORATION:
My queen – Oprah. I don’t know how or what but Oprah everything and anything always.
THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN VENICE BEACH:
Dublin, where the rest of my family lives. I have my grandparents, three of my mother’s sisters, and tons of cousins there and I miss them all like crazy
WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
I don’t often feel uninspired living in Venice. It’s hard not to be inspired by all the artists, entrepreneurs, and eccentrics living in this community.
ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Lose your pride and don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help or favors. You have to hear a lot of no’s before you get the right yes. I used to care so much more about what people thought of me and I was always afraid of making the wrong impression but if you are honest, open and real the right people will respond to that and want to be a part of what you’re making.
IN 5 YEARS FIND ME:
Professionally – running Solstice Bride’s second location with more designers for brides and bridesmaids, a bachelorette and honeymoon collection, a gift department, and some goodies for the guys. Personally – with a baby, a beach house, [and] Oprah on speed dial/
ABOVE ALL ELSE:
HAVE FUN and don’t take any of this stuff – wedding planning, careers, life – so seriously.
To learn more about Solstice Bride, click here.