Katie Lee crafts luxurious custom bridal gowns and special occasion dresses that are known for their modern elegance. Gowns are made from fine fabrics with couture construction techniques and impeccable finishing details. Customers are taken through a process of sketching, fabric selection, a sample dress and fittings to create a personal, sophisticated dress.
Kate Nickols founded Katie Lee in 2012, recognizing a need for custom fashion in Kansas City. Over the years the company has grown to become a leader in custom bridal design in the city, being known for their fine fabrics, exquisite details, and impeccable fit.
Katie Lee designs have been featured in Kansas City Fashion Week, West Eighteenth Street Fashion Show and National Bridal Market. In 2013 the company was featured in "KC Weddings" magazine. In 2014 the designer was featured in questionnaire segment of "The Pitch." In 2015 Fox 4 News recognized her in a three part story in their "Metro Mogul" series.
"Many women envision themselves in a particular dress for their special day, often having trouble finding exactly what they want to wear. A custom dress by Katie Lee solves the problem by working with you to design the ideal dress. Through sketches, fabric selection and a sample dress the process allows you to visualize yourself in your dream dress and bring it to life."
Kate Nickols - Designer
Self-proclaimed perfectionist, designer Kate Nickols wants to make your dream dress a reality while giving you a memorable experience, paying attention to every detail.
Kate Nickols began developing her knowledge of the apparel industry as a student at Kansas State University. She interned at Macy's headquarters in New York City. While the experience was valuable, she realized she wanted to focus on custom fashion where she could interact directly with her clientele. An apprenticeship post graduation with a local bridal designer led her to the bridal industry. She then spent a year with Kaplan's Fabric where she gained an extensive knowledge of fine fabrics and laces and realized a need for custom fashion in the Kansas City area.
In 2016 Kate Nickols was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Kauffman FastTrac program by Rightfully Sewn, a non-profit with the goal to revitalize the garment manufacturing industry in Kansas City.