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Kansas City Fashion Week BLUSH- Behind the Scenes with Janay A. Handmade

Last weekend Kansas City celebrated its third consecutive Fashion Week, and it was a great display of the growing Fashion Scene here in the Midwest. With designers coming from many backgrounds and offering styles to fit the taste of any fashionista, the display was that to rival any Fashion Week in New York or LA. We had the great opportunity to work backstage during their first Bridal show, BLUSH, with Janay A. Handmade.  Janay offers brides dresses that are beautiful, handmade and an Eco-friendly choice. Not only does she make custom designs from "scratch", she also makes wonderful heirloom gowns that incorporate dresses from past family weddings. It was great to see her creations displayed on a runway and we are so happy that she chose us to be involved in the experience! Take a look at some behind-the-scenes photos and the video that we managed to capture right before Janay's debut! 



 Janay's Gowns on the runway!


Janay A Handmade: a feminine and feisty dressmaker on a mission!

Loren Profit // This dress was custom created for Lauren using silk/hemp and vintage heirloom doilies.

This vendor has such a special place in our hearts. *sweet sigh* If you're not familiar with her yet... Oh gosh, you're in for a treat!

Favorite place to spend an evening in Kansas City: I'm a bit of an introvert, so some combination of bath + book + wine. 

Place to spend an extra $50: I'm tempted to say "buy more fabric!"... but I'm working on curbing that habit.  My grandmother recently abandoned her motto "she who dies with the most fabric wins"... and when she cleaned out her stash the spoils went to yours truly.  So, I just got a massage and it was the best possible choice for my $50.  

Where do you go online to get inspired: The accumulation of so much inspiration online these days has a tendency to overwhelm me.  I do often research looks online, although I usually hone in on specifics and limit my data intake to keep my personal style at the forefront of my creations.

One of your best wedding memories: Morgan Ashley and Sean Daniel's wedding at her parents' country farm house... dancing to a bluegrass band in the rain!

Krista Porter Agosc Dress // Krista's dress was custom using silk/hemp, tea dyed champagne with a lace bodice. And she has pockets! (Photo credit: M/E Photo Studio http://www.mephotostudio.com/)


The facts

Janay A Handmade offers handmade wearables for the human experience. Her gown and accessory business is small, independent and feisty. Everything about her little shop is steeped in her warm creativity.

Because the fabrics she uses for garters, veils, dresses, and ringer bearer pillows come from a selection of organic, hand-dyed, soy-dyed, recycled, or upcycled materials, her creations are touchable and fresh. Headbands are embellished with vintage buttons, undyed feathers, organic cotton. Her dresses stand apart with quirky unexpected details like hidden pockets, drawstrings, and surprise colored lining. Often her brides bring heritage jewelry from their grandmothers to be incorporated into jewelry, accessories, and gowns.

We love

What I love about Janay, is how lifted and inspired I feel after spending time around her work. She makes me want to be that girl who takes scraps of delicious fabric and whips them together with a well-loved sewing machine into something flirty and totally original.

She uses the selvedge edges of fabric yardage to create bows and flowers for elegant headbands, for goodness's sake.

Aster Gown // This ready-to-wear gown features a stunning braided one shoulder and petal embellishment, it has pockets! (Photo credit: M/E Photo Studio http://www.mephotostudio.com/)

Special note! We're super thrilled that Janay is the manufacturer of our green chair covers!


Janay's concern for earth-friendly values go beyond her selection organic, earth-friendly, recycled and upcycled materials.

From veil to garter and everything in between, Janay's attention to her brides and their individual personalities is manifested in her creations. She knows that the women who come into her shop weren't manufactured via cookie cutters, and the gowns she customizes and creates are heartfelt. A wedding is a symbol of two individuals creating a new family, and rather than an opportunity to benefit a manufacturing machine in a distant county. Janay's invested consideration in women and their stories is simply beautiful.


Find Janay online:


on Wedding Wire

on Facebook

on Twitter (@Janay_A)