36 years ago, Pepe Botella opened his first shop selling ceremonial and bridal wear in Alicante, Spain. From the outset, he sought to depart from the austerity of the traditional bridal gown, focusing on freedom of expression with bold styles and new fabrics. In 1980 he presented his first collection to critical acclaim.
After 20 years at the helm, it was time for his daughter to show she had inherited her father’s talent. Lucia Botella spent her childhood surrounded by laces, veils, tulles and silks at Pepe’s studio. After honing her skills and completing an apprenticeship observing her father, she presented her first collection in 2000. Drawing on endless sources of inspiration from 1950’s glamour to haute couture to beach life, Lucia proved herself as a fearless innovator, brave enough even to introduce colour into her 2005 collection!
Dozens of collections later, Pepe Botella is positioned at the avant-garde of bridal design. With over 150 stockists and 3 stores in Spain alone, they are now one of the leading players in the international bridal industry, taking their designs far beyond the Gaudi bridal catwalk in Barcelona to the rest of Europe, Latin and North America as well as Japan. Pepe Botella often return to their Latin roots for inspiration fusing bold design with innovative fabrics to create dresses that are as dramatic as they are romantic.
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