A dressmaking business in Chester is celebrating its 20th anniversary as it continues to go from strength to strength.
Simply Divine, offering bespoke dressmaking and alteration services, began its journey at Watergate building, Crane Wharf.
Josie Olsen had already spent 20 years in the sewing industry having been trained by a gentleman tailor at the age of 15 in Hull. She continued in the manufacturing industry before gaining valuable experience on bridal gowns at Abbey Gowns, then Diane Gray, both of which have long since closed.
The team was expanded when Josie was joined by others with similar expertise and quickly gained a reputation for excellence in both the manufacture of ladies' outfits and bridesmaids' outfits to complement wedding gowns.
In 2006, Watergate building was sold to British Waterways which prompted the move to their own studio at The Brambles, Parkgate Road, Mollington. There the team work as hard as ever in providing a unique service to the city’s bridal retailers, with Aristocrats being especially important partners for the most of these two decades.
They have fond memories of satisfied customers being so pleased with the high standards of work for their special day and commitment to getting it right in what is an increasingly complicated market with elaborate dress designs.
The team comprises Josie, Chris Jones, Carol Carew, and Ann Hodgson and together they have developed a strong friendship beyond work
More recently they have expanded what they offer with the addition of chauffeur driven classic cars.
To find out more visit the website www.simplydivine.me.uk or go to the Facebook page Simply Divine Cars.