Having a custom made gown is a unique experience that all Jeffrey James clients absolutely love, which is why he finds it so rewarding working one-on-one directly with brides. The designer feels developing a relationship with each bride and contributing to her big day is an honor that he takes very seriously.
Jeffrey strives to provide excellent service and exceed all expectations, helping each clients to look and feel beautiful and confident in a gown they absolutely love.
Some of his clients would like to share their thoughts and experiences...
Believe it or not, I was probably one of the only brides not looking forward to wedding dress shopping. I didn’t like the idea of trying on dresses while friends and family rated how I looked in them. However, I did go to a few places and tried on dresses that either didn’t do up or we’re too big. It was hard to get an idea of what the dress would look like in my size and the only way to do that was to place an order. While shopping for dresses I recognized the same lace, patterns and shapes that many of the brides I’ve seen wear at their weddings.
Dress shopping wasn’t quite all it was cracked up to be, until one of my clients referred me to the VERY talented Jeff MacKinnon.
When my mom and I arrived at his place, he was friendly, kind and extremely humble for being such a good designer. He showed us his portfolio with celebrities like Gigi Hadid wearing his dresses and we chatted over tea about when he was on Project Runway Canada. He explained the world of fashion and wedding dresses to us, which only made us want to support a self-made designer more. I went through a few photos and options and together we chose the dress of my dreams. People have asked if I was nervous about not seeing the final product, but I wasn’t, after seeing his work and getting to know him, I knew I was in good hands and Jeff would do anything to make his brides happy.
I saw Jeff 5 times and my dress was complete! He would send me photos of fabrics he was looking at while he was shopping in Toronto. He built the dress piece by piece on my body and explained what he was doing and the fit was perfect. There was no need for alterations. When we saw the hand sewn beading on the top, we were blown away by the detail. He explained and showed me all the fabrics, shape and colour for the skirt, it was so cool to see and know every process of making the dress and how much hard work goes into it.
I would recommend Jeff MacKinnon to every bride out there. You can literally show him a designer photo or create a dress with him and he will make it happen. He made the fittings comfortable, fun and exciting. All my friends wanted to come to the fittings just to meet him!
Thank you Jeff for turning a moment I was dreading into an unforgettable memory! You are one of the most talented people I’ve ever met and I can’t wait to see all the great things you get up to!
One happy bride,
I was super excited to go wedding dress shopping but quickly got discouraged with everything that I was seeing. After several shops and dozens of dresses, I found an Oscar de la Renta dress that I absolutely loved. But not only would the designer not alter the cup sizes (even with a larger dress size), the dress was way over my budget at $7000.
I sent photos to Jeffrey and met with him and he assured me that he could make that exact dress for less than half the cost of the original. Not only did he use the same silk fabric but he tailored the dress to fit my shape exactly. The dress was perfect! I couldn’t have imagined wearing anything else to my wedding. I am still so in love with the dress and I wish I could wear it again!
Thank you Jeffrey for making me feel beautiful and for making the most amazing dress!
I cannot begin to thank Jeff for making the gown of my dreams for one of the most important days of my life.
Jeff's unrivaled talent, combined with his years of experience, hard work and dedication, makes him a force to be reckoned with.
Anyone would be lucky to have an original Jeff MacKinnon gown.
I tried on almost every gown in Toronto to realize there wasn't one that I really loved so I decided to have one made. I have never had a custom gown made before my wedding gown, I'm sure this is true for most women. The idea of adding a custom gown to your list of one million things you already need to accomplish for your wedding, can seem like a daunting task, or so I thought. Jeff was able to guide me through this experience with ease due to his knowledge and patience. If given the opportunity I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Jeff's attention to detail is what made my gown so breathtaking, from the long train, the oh so many layers of tulle, the perfectly hip hugging fitted bottom, to the beautifully detailed and perfectly placed lace appliqué. This is definitely a red carpet worthy gown.
Thank you Jeff from the bottom of my heart!