Meet The Team : Catherine Yatana , Founder & Head Designer
Flora + Lane strives to bring simple, delicate and romantic gowns that makes every bride swoon.Established in 2015, by founder Catherine Yatana who sensed the need of unique gowns for a modern bride with heavy emphasis on design, quality & fit. Each gown is constructed in our studio & our team works as a close knit family to create Flora + Lane as a way to bring affordable, one of a kind dresses that are assembled in small quantities, but delivered with great passion. Some will include carefully hand selected items and some will enclose pieces that are handmade to the very detail. Our gowns are a mix of feminine and soft silhouettes that are truly unique and one of a kind. We pride in ourselves to go above and beyond to make your journey to the altar an unforgettable experience. On your wedding day, we hope that you will walk down the aisle with the biggest smile and dance till dawn in our effortless gowns.
Meet our front lady, Catherine below.
Where are you from?
Proud to say that I am from Yangon, Burma! Since not a lot of people recognize the country, for easy reference, it is right next to Thailand.
What do you do at Flora & Lane?
I am the Founder and Head Designer. My job is constantly changing from time to time, that's what I love most about it. Throughout the day, I'll be brainstorming an upcoming design , pinning (virtually + physically) inspirational photos on the mood board,doing quality control on new sample pieces or scouting for perfectly blended fabrics at a local wholesaler. Sometimes you'll even see me behind the camera for creative direction efforts until the real photographers take over.
What are your morning & evening rituals?
My favorite way to start my day off is with some nice cup of Lavender tea and a super light breakfast. Spritz some rosewater for that extra glow and a morning pick-me-up. If I can squeeze a work out session in there, I give myself an A+ for the day. Check emails , social media and all that good stuff then off to the daily flow. Evening is when I get a chance to wind down for the day. My boyfriend and I love to cook together a lot. So, for dinner, I'll whip up a new recipe or we'll do a little date night out trying out our latest restaurant discoveries in town! On Fridays, we like to pick up a movie and just snuggle on the couch together with our puppy Kai.
How do you get inspired?
Aside from Pinterest & Instagram, I really get inspired by our real Flora & Lane babes. Tuning in on their likes & dislikes help me work towards creating an ideal dress that's not only unique but speaks the "girl" behind the dress. They are the reason behind everything that I do.
Do you have a secret talent?
I do actually! Programming! I finished school with bachelors in Software Engineering from Loyola University of Chicago. So I know a thing or two about coding.
What is your go-to lunch?
I love a good sushi bowl - with grilled eel, nori, watermelon radish, pickled ginger, spring onions , fried egg & avocados (or anything involving avocados , really).
Favorite song at the moment?
I just heard this at an airport during my recent trip and became my favorite song again, 1234 by Feist.
What are you working on right now that you're most excited about?
Something we've been dreaming about for years! Will reveal soon! So, stay tuned!!!