Music, Love & Crystals Make Up New Bridal Accessory Line by Local Designer
A local business owner has launched a new collection of bridal accessories featuring her own personal touch.
Photos by Heather Tabacchi
Wanting to stand out from the same look she kept seeing over and over in the fashion industry, designer Colleen Bankovich knew she had to come up with something new.
“The market itself is just extremely oversaturated, and everybody’s doing the same thing,” she says. “I don’t want to fall in those lines of that. I want to be able to offer somebody something different.”
Bankovich, who started her bridal accessory business, Kata Banko Couture, in 2010, spread out all of the crystals and semi-precious stones she typically uses in her creations and thought, “Let’s try something different.”
She walked out to her garage, grabbed a hammer and started crushing up her gems. Using this technique, Bankovich created her new line, the Axis Collection, which launched in November.
“So far, nobody else has caught onto it,” says Bankovich, originally from Butler.
It took about a year for Bankovich to refine the technique to get the consistency she needed for the design, but she was very pleased with what she ended up with: beautiful hues of rose quartz and moonstone.
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Bankovich got the inspiration for the design of the line through “music, love and crystals.”
Both of her sons are musicians, so she has become very familiar with traveling to music festivals. She also loves the deep rooted meaning of the crystals she uses, calling upon a tradition in India to give moonstones to lovers to protect their relationships.
Bankovich’s designs have changed since 2010 when she started helping a friend who opened Ribbon Bridal in Beaver. At that time, Bankovich started making custom accessories when she noticed brides were unable to find what they wanted from designers on the market.
Today, the accessories Bankovich makes have morphed into more of a lifestyle design rather than just bridal, so brides can wear them more frequently than just their wedding day.
“It’s not necessarily something that a bride is going to buy and never have the chance to wear again,” says Bankovich. “It doesn’t scream bridal even though it works very well with bridal.”
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Since she started, she said her business has exploded, spreading mostly by word of mouth, social media engagement and the bridal market. Kata Banko Couture has reached all the way to South Korea, Australia and all over the United States for business.
Around the Pittsburgh area, Glitter & Grit, Luna Boutique, Urban Bridal, and Blanc de Blanc Bridal carry Kata Banko Couture lines.