The Van Der Velde's
William & Colette Van Der Velde
Entrepreneurs from Chicago, owners William & Colette Van Der Velde have a passion for the bridal and fashion industry. They are proud to create a fashion house that, like all their business ventures, adhere to the highest of standards, standout in every detail, and take pride in artistry and customer service.
William has brought to life his design aesthetic alongside well-known couture bridal designer Matthew Christopher and the entire workroom and team at Van Der Velde.
Chicago based designer Matthew Christopher effortlessly blends influences from his extensive couture dressmaking background with his humble beginnings sewing alongside his grandmother.
Attending The Art Institute of Chicago and Iowa State University, his extraordinary talent landed him first with Demetrios, perfecting his craft with one-of-a-kind couture bridal designer Candace Solomen. He rose to head designer with Galina, even taking part in opening the bridal section for Watters and Watters. By 2002, Matthew had created his label that featured everything from intricate and embellished lace overlays to modern, sensual draping and effortless, classic silhouettes.
Consistently recognized as a top couture bridal designer, winning accolades and several nominations for the prestigious DEBI award, it is with great pleasure that Matthew joins the Van Der Velde team.