Leslie Gilbeaux - Owner + Designer
Family and Design. Those are the two loves of designer, Leslie Gilbeaux and the inspiration behind her bridal design company, Marie Victoria.
Launched in 2013, Marie Victoria is an Atlanta-based bridal company that creates privately commissioned custom wedding gowns, as well as produces a high-end bridal collection.
Designer Leslie Gilbeaux has always been creatively inspired by her family, especially her grandmothers - Doris Marie Gilbeaux and Ellen Victoria Brackens- for which her collection is named. Coming from a lineage of women with a great appreciation for style, it wasn’t a surprise that Gilbeaux ended up pursuing a career in fashion. Coupled with being a self-confessed hopeless romantic, bridal design was a natural fit for her.
As a young woman, Gilbeaux always listened intently when her grandmothers shared stories of their engagements and wedding days. However, she was heartbroken when she eventually learned that neither of her grandmothers were able to experience the thrill of selecting and wearing their own special gowns on their wedding day. Their stories prompted Gilbeaux to understand her innate reverence and awe of weddings and especially their centerpiece – the gown.
Gilbeaux believes every bride deserves to look and feel her absolute best on her wedding day, while wearing the gown of her dreams. She works closely with brides around the country to create the custom wedding gown that perfectly suits their unique, personal style.
A native of Syracuse, NY, Gilbeaux is a graduate of the renowned Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta GA 2011
B.F.A. Fashion Marketing and Management, Minor: Fashion Design
Owner/Designer - Marie Victoria
Atlanta, GA - 2012-Present
Work with private clients to design and produce their dream wedding dress. Responsible for marketing implementation and sales to brides and bridal boutiques. Design and produce a yearly collection for the Marie Victoria bride. Completed all daily operational requirements. Achieved financial objectives by preparing a budget & analyzing financial reports.
Boutique Manager and Marketing Strategist - Runway Atlanta - Atlanta, GA - 2007-2009
Completed all daily store operational requirements. Achieved financial objectives by preparing a budget & analyzing financial reports. Developed & streamlined a marketing strategy that generated successful traffic and sales. Conducted sales reports & guided buying decisions. Developed & maintained relationships with new & current vendors.
Wardrobe Assistant - Whitestone Motion Pictures
Buford, GA - 2011-2012
IMDB credits, please visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4578919/
Assisted Head Costumer in selecting material & design appropriate for cast/scene. Prepare garments & dress cast; select accessories & shoes that enhance visual presentation. Trusted in maintaining detailed precision & an elevated standard of wardrobe in each take. Design & create garments as required by supervisor.
Sales Associate - ALDO
Atlanta, GA - 2006-2007
Assuring new customers and repeat customers are fully satisfied with the product and the service when shopping. Responsible for meeting daily and weekly sales goal. Also responsible for suggesting and encouraging add on sales; such as accessories, shoe care products, jewelry and other non-shoe items.