In 2002, the three Slavin sisters created a custom tank top with “Bride” written across the front in crystal rhinestones. Ten years, 500 retail stores, and numerous media mentions later, they are now the creative force behind Classy Bride and Cotton Sisters.
Classy Bride takes a fun and practical approach to wedding wear, designing everything from custom panties to wedding day accessories. Classy Bride products have been featured everywhere from InStyle Magazine to The Washington Post. After three weddings, three bachelorette parties and numerous showers, the Slavin sisters realized there was nothing available for the modern bride-to-be to wear during her last night out as a single girl. Desiring something stylish, contemporary and original to don on such an important and festive evening, the sisters put their thinking caps on and put their creativity to work. The first sister to be married adorned a ribbed tank top with "Bride" tastefully grazed across the chest in crystal rhinestones. For an added touch, the sister also wore panties with her groom’s name playfully embroidered across the front. In early 2002, while working for their mother’s clothing manufacturing company, Allison Slavin and her two sisters, Bridget and Tiffany, created a small line of custom embroidered panties and cotton tanks adorned with crystals to give at their friend’s bridal showers. The panties and tanks were a smash at each party. This was the start of a new era in fashion for the modern bride-to-be and a fresh company called Classy Bride. Soon after they opened an online store, retailers started calling and wanting to place orders. Realizing there was a demand for their products, the sisters took the Classy Bride line to market. Within weeks of receiving the bridal line, many boutiques reordered and requested more items that would appeal too a broader range of woman. To accommodate their client’s wishes, Classy Bride launched their newest line of loungewear and lingerie in early 2004, Cotton Sisters. Cotton Sisters offers maternity loungewear and tanks, baby apparel, velour pajamas and cotton intimates. In the past 10 years, over 800 stores have picked up the Classy Bride line including bridal salons, department stores, fine apparel shops, gift stores, and lingerie boutiques.