Meet the Designers:
What makes our opening different from others is experience.
Meghan Lawlor's first Bachelor’s degree in International Relations is from Florida International University and her second Bachelor’s degree was in fashion design from Miami International University of Art and Design. This degree set the foundation for her design and merchandising skills. Upon graduation, Meghan continued her education in the leading country for fashion and couture, France. Meghan attended the Paris Fashion Institute in Paris, France, becoming certified in the Paris fashion industry. This education taught Meghan the art of style and the execution of couture.
After her formal education, Meghan began her fashion career at a couture house in Miami, FL, as a patternmaker, sample maker, and alterations. When Meghan decided to go out on her own she started Meghan Lawlor Collections, designing and producing couture sportswear, evening, and bridal. Her identical twin sister got married not much longer after that and Meghan designed and produced her wedding dress and bridesmaid’s dresses. With all that work needing to be done, Meghan was not going to produce her wedding accessories. However, when her sister went to buy her veils, they were very low quality with a big price tag. As a result, Meghan did design and produce her veils. After the wedding, Meghan began to explore the bridal accessory market and found that there were no high quality items at a reasonable price point available. Meghan then tested the market at the next Bridal Fashion Debut bridal Expo. She saw a large, positive response to her products, so she tailored Meghan Lawlor Collections to satisfy this niche in the market.
After returning to Arizona, word and referrals soon spread. Meghan Lawlor was then asked for pieces of her collections for magazines such as Arizona Weddings and Arizona Bride Magazines and her past clients were also being featured in The Wedding Chronicle and Phoenix Bride and Groom. As Meghan’s reputation further spread, she was asked to write a series articles for The Wedding Chronicle and was a featured designer in The Arizona Republic. Find out more about Meghan at www.meghanlawlorcollections.com
Jenny Pinto (left) and Meghan Lawlor (right), pose with their model.
Jenny Pinto began her education with a foundation in interior design, while also working as an interior design consultant at Floridian Furniture Co. in Miami, Fl. Jenny's grandparents Jules and Lottie Lederberger opened Floridian Furniture Co. over 40 yerars ago, and today her mother and uncle run the company. Though she continued to work in interior design, she changed her educational course in pursuit of her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Jenny shifted her focus and earned her fashion design degree from Miami International University of Art and Design. About 8 months before graduation, Jenny decided she must test the waters of the fashion industry. Jenny believed that there was niche market for very affordable women’s sandals, and Miami’s beach front, style tourism would be beneficial. She formed Lottie Enterprises of Miami Inc., which would become a wholesale shoe division that designed and manufactured shoes over seas. Jenny developed a great relationship with buyers of large chain stores, and her designs were available throughout the east coast and throughout the Caribbean. Lottie Enterprises was run from an office in Miami’s Midtown Shoe district.
In summer 2007, Jenny visited longtime friend and school colleague Meghan Lawlor in Scottsdale, Az. Meghan had recently moved her bridal company to Scottsdale, and mentioned to Jenny that there was a high demand for custom bridal footwear. Since that visit Jenny and Meghan began to plan on an entire line of custom bridal accessories ranging from veils to footwear. Jenny moved from Miami to Scottsdale in late September 2007 and, as of then, has worked in collaboration with Meghan.
The education and experience that both Jenny Pinto and Meghan Lawlor bring to the venture, ensures that they meet every brides need. It also ensures quality in their own designs and the retailed gowns. Jenny and Meghan are both experts in garment construction, textiles, color, and styling.