Claire C. from Long Beach, CA commented on Yelp.com, dated 9/7/2012
Artistic Designs in Chinese Traditional Dress
"I came across Brocade Apparel by somewhat of an accident. Unlike other large wedding stores, this was a small store front with many beautiful colorful Chinese styled dresses at the window. If you drove too fast, you could easily miss it. I met the owner, Helen, and explained to her that I wanted to have a "Chinese flare" dress for my wedding, but not totally traditional. She was very creative and understanding of my needs. Let me be clear, by no means I have the perfect body to showcase a dress. But she picked out a fabric that I just never thought of. I was totally surprised at how well the color accentuates my skin and my hair.
The next few months, I have returned a few times to try out the dress and we even changed the design a little. She (unlike other big wedding stores where I had to select from their list of styles) totally worked with me on the design of the dress, and tailored it to accent my assets and hide my flaws without me reminding her.
I could say that my wedding dress is really one of the kind because we had designed it from ground up. It didn't cost me that much money either. Knowing I was driving from Long Beach and working full time, she also accommodated my schedules.
Every time I came in, her shop was fairly busy. The customers were all smiling with anticipations of their big days, whatever events it might be. There was a sense of cheerfulness in the shop all the time.
On my wedding day, all my friends and family were totally surprised at my dress. They all complimented on it.
I REALLY felt like a queen in the dress. Isn't it what a wedding dress is all about?!
I highly recommend Helen and her shop. She is definitely an artist in this field."
Julie L. from Burbank, CA commented on Yelp.com, dated 1/10/2011
"After feeling underwhelmed by many chi-pao stores I had visited in L.A., I finally found a chi-pao maker who knew what she was talking about.
Helen, the owner and the designer, was very professional and extremely experienced--she was able to sketch a dress based on my description on the spot! I was so impressed! I went back two weeks later for my first fitting and was even more impressed; my halter chi-pao fitted so well and was so flattering! I highly recommend Helen."
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