Tuesday February 12, 2013
Bridal Reflections Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary
Bridal Reflections has been one large family affair for owner Tony Micari who formed the company with his wife, Maria, forty years ago. Opening the doors on February 3, 1973 to the first Bridal Reflections salon location in Long Island, The Micari’s have dedicated countless hours building the salon’s name and impeccable reputation from the ground up.
Today, Bridal Reflections has expanded from a small salon run by a husband and wife team, carrying a handful of designer gowns to three spacious locations in New York City and on Long Island carrying over a thousand designer gowns offering a wide variety of fashion for every taste and style. With a dedicated staff of over 125 professionals who share a passion to exceed every customer’s expectations, Bridal Reflections’ three New York locations also offer an extra convenience, in that brides can purchase in one salon and have their fitting in whichever salon is most convenient.
To celebrate Bridal Reflections 40 year anniversary, Tony Micari answered a few questions for us.
What was the exact day the first Bridal Reflections store was open? Where and why? How did you pick the name?
The Massapequa salon opened on February 3, 1973. When we first opened we were actually a franchise and decided several years later to go at it alone.
Do you remember the first wedding dress that was sold then?
The first gown we ever sold was by Charmante Bridals.
Who is the bridal designer that you have worked with for the longest?
We’ve worked with Eve Muscio of Eve of Milady for 40 years, as long as we have been in business!
What can you say about bridal fashion then and now?
The Fashion today is a light year beyond what it was in 1973. New techniques and technology have allowed fashion to really evolve. Of course you will always have those classic and timeless styles.
Have brides themselves changes?
Brides today have so many choices when it comes to designers and styles of gowns. As a result the brides themselves are much more demanding.
Who are your most popular designers now?
Some of our popular designers now are Ines Di Santo, Romona Keveza, Lazaro, Stephen Yearick, and Victor Harper just to name a few.
What are your plans for the next 40 years?
We are always looking to improve the business and exceed our client’s expectations. We have some exciting plans in the works that will greatly change the dynamics for Bridal Reflections. We have nothing but high hopes and expectations for the next 40+ years!
About Tony Micari
For the last 40 years, being the owner and president of Bridal Reflections, one of New York’s most premiere bridal boutiques that caters to worldwide clientele, has been one big family affair for Tony Micari. “If there’s any gift that I gave my children and my employees, it was an adherence to work ethic that’s a cut above.”
Photo credit: Bridal Reflections