Alyssa Kahle, Owner and Creative Director of Chicago’s bridal line Alyssa Kristin, started her love affair with sewing at the young age of four. She spent hours watching the upholstery seamstresses in her family’s furniture store and fashioned tiny treasures from fabric found in the scrape bins. Alyssa’s love for creating continued and at the age of 13 she made a bucket list; number 19 read, “Sew my own wedding dress.” On July 13, 2013, Alyssa checked number 19 off her list as she walked down the aisle in her first custom creation (the Alessandra gown).
Alyssa attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison; originally intending to study Textile and Apparel design, her need for quantitative challenges won and she traded in fabric for financial statements. Alyssa started her career in public accounting at Ernst & Young. It wasn’t until she became engaged that her childhood dreams resurfaced. Alyssa says she did what any rational bride would do: she found a less demanding job and decided to make her own dress. Creating her dress rekindled a passion for design she had trying to ignore during her time in the corporate world. From this reignited passion, the Alyssa Kristin bridal line was formed.
Alyssa Kristin’s inagural collection effortlessly balances timeless elegance with Hollywood glamour. Alyssa’s design philosophy enables women to embrace their femininity through refreshingly chic yet understated gowns.Alyssa Kristin designs for brides who epitomize style and grace and have a confident sense of self. Her gowns celebrate the feminine figure while conveying a sense of romantic refinement. Alyssa enjoys pushing the “bridal” boundaries to create fresh, yet timeless designs. The Alyssa Kristin bride finds beauty in the details, rejoices in the non-traditional, and wants a gown to reflect her unique personality.
Alyssa Kristin’s line includes bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and bridal accessories. All garments are designed and created in Chicago; providing brides (and their maids) exquisite locally-crafted designs.