2017 Kent Fashion School Alumna Opens Mansion Hill Bridal in Kentucky
After graduation, many students aspire to have their own business, and that's just what alumna Claire Canter has done.
Canter, a 2017 merchandising and costume design graduate, recently opened Mansion Hill Bridal, a by-appointment bridal boutique that carries wedding gowns, veils, accessories and jewelry.
Her store is located in Newport, Kentucky and is housed in a recently-restored 124-year old-building; much of the restoration was carried out by Canter herself. "My 124-year-old building underwent a huge historic restoration and preservation project in the East Row Historic District, much of which I did myself," said Canter. "I also live in the apartment above my bridal boutique and design studio, just as the building’s living arrangements would have been back in 1894." As an added touch to honor the historic building, Canter uses discarded vintage building materials for her window displays.
The store officially opened its doors on February 22, 2019, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Newport's Mayor. Since opening, her store received many positive reviews for both her business and the building restoration, and many brides-to-be have already started scheduling appointments. "At Mansion Hill Bridal we want to help each bride-to-be find her dream wedding dress, while providing a very memorable, elegant and stress-free shopping experience," expressed Canter.
As a merchandising student, she interned at Walt Disney World in Florida, but when it came to looking for an internship in her hometown, she had a difficult time finding an internship in the fashion industry. Eventually, she hopes to be able to give back to the school by providing internships at her shop for current fashion students. "I remember I had a hard time finding an internship here, in my home city of Cincinnati, back when I was applying for them. I would love to have the opportunity to mentor Kent merchandising students!"
Canter is thankful for her experience at the Fashion School and credits the university with preparing her with the tools necessary to start her business. "Many reporters have asked about my experience and how I was able to accomplish something so big at such a young age, and I owe much of it to The Fashion School at Kent State University!" exclaimed Canter. "I believe The Fashion School fully helped to prepare me to open and build my very own business at just 24 years old!"
For more information about Mansion Hill Bridal, please visit their website.
Photos courtesy of Claire Canter.