Essense Designs Nominated for 2016 International Bridal Industry Awards

Essense Designs - 2016 DEBI Awards Nominee

​​​​​​​​​​​​International bridal gown design house, Essense Designs, has been nominated in three out of three eligible categories for the 2016 Distinctive Excellence in the Bridal Industry (DEBI) Awards. The awards are regarded as the highest honor for design and manufacturing in the bridal industry, and are presented  by National Bridal Market Chicago and New York International Bridal Week.

Essense Designs is returning to defend its title in the coveted ‘Bridal Manufacturer of the Year’ category for Essense of Australia as well as the Bridesmaid category for its Sorella Vita collection; both of which it proudly won at last year’s 2015 DEBI Awards. The ‘Bridal Manufacturer of the Year’ Award recognizes the manufacturer that excels in every single part of business including: customer service, design excellence, customer satisfaction, reliable delivery, and overall excellence. In addition, the Stella York collection has been nominated for ‘Collection of the Year’ for design innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction.

"We are so honored to be nominated for these prestigious awards. One of our core values is to create mutually beneficial and truly long-lasting relationships with our stores, so to be selected by retailers in this manner is quite meaningful."

Martine Harris, Chief Creative Officer

“We are so honored to be nominated for these prestigious awards.” said Martine Harris, Chief Creative Officer. “One of our core values is to create mutually beneficial and truly long-lasting relationships with our stores, so to be selected by retailers in this manner is quite meaningful.”

The award winners will be announced during National Bridal Market Chicago. This year’s award ceremony will be held at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois on the evening of September 10, 2016.

About Essense Designs

Essense Designs was founded in Perth, Western Australia, by Wayne and Martine Harris in 1992, with the mission to exceed brides' expectations by designing, manufacturing, and wholesaling to retailers wedding gown collections with fashion-forward styling, superb fit, couture finishing, and extraordinary customer service. The company's Overland Park, KS, office in the greater Kansas City metro area, serves as the hub of its northern-hemisphere business, while its original office in Perth, Australia, serves the southern hemisphere.  In addition, the company has offices in the UK and Switzerland, as well as over 1,000 retailers worldwide. Essense of Australia, Stella York, Martina Liana wedding dresses, and Sorella Vita bridesmaids dresses can be found in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. Dresses can be viewed online at the company website, and blog,


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Notes to editors:

Full list of awards and finalists:

Manufacturer of the Year

  • Casablanca Bridal

  • Essense of Australia

  • Maggie Sottero

  • Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Collection of the Year (Design Innovation)

  • Lillian West

  • Madison James

  • Sophia Tolli

  • Stella York

Special Occasion Nominees

  • Jovani

  • Mon Cheri

  • Morilee by Madeline Gardner

  • Terani Couture

Prom Nominees

  • Alyce Paris

  • Clarisse

  • House of Wu

  • Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Bridesmaid Nominees

  • Allure Bridals

  • Bill Levkoff

  • Morilee by Madeline Gardner

  • Sorella Vita

Headpiece Nominees

  • Bel Aire Bridal

  • Marionat

  • Maritza’s Bridal Veils, Inc.

  • Richard Designs

Flower Girl Nominees

  • Amalee Accessories

  • Joan Calabrese by Mon Cheri

  • Lille Couture

  • Rosebud Fashions

Men’s Formal Wear Nominees

  • Allure Men

  • The David Tutera Men’s Collection

  • Ike Behar New York

Quinceanera Nominees

  • Bonny Bridal

  • House of Wu

  • Mary’s

  • Vizcaya

Source: Essense Designs

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About Essense of Australia

Combining a superb fit with couture finishing, Essense of Australia brings an attention to detail that sets our wedding dresses apart from those of many other designer labels and makes your wedding truly memorable.

Essense of Australia
15500 W 113th St , ##300
Lenexa, Kansas


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