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The Dessy Group: A Little History
The Dessy Group was originally known as A & M Rosenthal, established 1939.
Our founder Margot Rosenthal is credited with the veil and attendants headpieces in this Modern Bride photo at the Plaza Hotel NYC 1949. In the 1950's, her daughter Ronnie and Ronnie's husband Andrew took over the business and added bridesmaid dresses to the Dessy lines.
Now known as The Dessy Group, the business continues as a leading manufacturer of bridesmaid dresses, social occasion, flowergirls and destination wedding gowns under the labels Dessy Collection, After Six, Alfred Sung and After Six Wedding Dresses.
Alfred Sung: The Designer
Alfred Sung is a Canadian fashion designer, producing apparel and perfume for men and women. He is a minimalist who emanated qualities of simplicity, ease, sophistication and classicism. He studied design in Paris and New York before moving to Canada in 1972. In 1976, he opened his own shop called Moon and in 1980, created the Monaco Group Inc. He developed the Alfred Sung label which has become very popular in the Canadian market and sold at major retailers. Sung's main aim is to create clean, modern, timeless fashions that offer quality, style and value, to professional men and women. Sung illustrated his desire for order and balance through his passion for detail, He is not satisfied until all components are harmonious. Alfred Sung has received international acclaim as a well-known Canadian designer. His collection includes fragrance, eyewear, sunglasses, bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, jewelry, watches and leather goods.
After Six has remained the largest men's formalwear manufacturer from its inception through today. It all began at the turn of the last century when men going formal wore tails and wing collars. Fast-forward to today and the elegant black tuxedo still sends a message of personal style. But as much as fashions have changed, After Six tuxedos have always meant good times and good taste. Did you know that After Six actually invented tuxedo rentals? Or that the company was the first to bring out a machine-washable tuxedo? And as if that wasn't enough, After Six signed the first Hollywood star, Tony Martin, to appear in its tuxedos. The company took formalwear to the fights in Atlantic City and also put some of the most famous menswear designer labels into tuxedos, like Oscar de la Renta. That's why over the years when the invitation read "Black Tie", After Six was there. Even in the early days, the tux was always something special and had its own fashion MO.
Lela Rose Bridesmaid
Following the success of the Lela Rose wedding collection, and the much talked about dress designs Lela Rose created for Jenna Bush's "house party", it seemed only natural that the Lela Rose Bridesmaid collection would follow. Combining elements from her signature collection such as layered crinkle chiffon and pleated cotton faille, the Lela Rose Bridesmaid dresses focus on designer quality fabrication and detailing while remaining accessible. View the Lela Rose Bridesmaid collection »
57 Grand is the newest member of the Dessy family. This brand was founded by Saukok Chu Tiampo who, after spending ten years as a Wall Street Investment Banker fully armed with sharp suits and power blackberry, dreamed up the idea of 57 Grand while dressing her bridesmaids for her destination wedding in Anguilla, British West Indies. Since then, 57 Grand has been featured in many popular wedding magazines and blogs, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Glamour, and more.
Dessy reintroduced the brand in 2013 with an exclusive collection of styles inspired by New York City. These short dresses are perfect for bridesmaids who want to look great at the wedding but also use the dresses again for other formal occasions. View the 57 GRAND Bridesmaid collection »
Pantone Wedding™ is a partnership between Pantone LLC, the world's leading color authority, and the Dessy Group, the primary bridesmaid dress and accessory supplier in the wedding industry. Dessy Group and Pantone work closely together to create a color reference based on Dessy's color trends and the Pantone Fashion and Home color system. Using the Dessy Group fabrics as a base, each color is measured and matched up to a corresponding Pantone color. The color reference creates tremendous consumer convenience for any customer who needs an instant and accurate way to communicate color to wedding vendors or a bridal party.
On top of providing useful tools, like the Pantone Wedding™ Chiplettes and the Dessy-exclusive Pantone Color Fan Guide, Pantone Wedding™ also provides a bit of personalized fun to wedding planning with items like the "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" Cards. Today's bride can create a truly custom color palette in a manageable and creative way with Pantone Wedding™!
View the PANTONE WEDDING™ collection »