Like a Belgian Lace Veil, our business has been rooted and driven by our Family. Formally Tica Designs, this Birmingham based business was started by designer, Tics Sydnor. Before retiring, Tica was a dress designer focusing on wedding, bridesmaid, and debutant gowns, Tica saw the demand for quality handmade veils to match her designs. In 1990 she began working with a lace family in Belgium and started importing veils to the United States. She advertised her designs and veils in the first Martha Stewart Magazine. At that point, America fell in love with Belgian Lace veils and we continue the tradition today as Mariée Lace Veils.
Jacqueline Sydnor became the owner of Mariée Lace Veils in 2016. Jacqueline had her first experience with Belgian lace when she became the fourth bride to adorn the Sydnor Family Veil in 2005. It was a true honor to be a part of such a rooted tradition. Ten years and three children later, Jacqueline took a leap of faith and asked Tica to send her old files regarding Belgian lace. Jacqueline became engrossed in the business and was captivated by the history of the lace craft. Wanting to learn everything she could about the practice and process of the Belgian Lace crafts, Jacqueline started working closely with our lace sources in Belgium. She began importing custom handmade veils back to the United States once again.
Today, Jacqueline’s time is spent juggling life with her husband Cas, their three young boys, and her not so miniature Dachshund, Bear. All this is done while happily helping brides choose the most exquisite wedding accessory they will ever wear.
WHY IS THIS AN IMPORTANT TRADITION?
Lace has always been a status symbol. In the past, it was such an expensive luxury item that only ladies from the noble class could afford to purchase it. At the end of the 19th century, there was a lace boom. Women of every class wanted to possess lace. As the demand for lace was exceptionally high, the commercialization of lace was necessary. Therefore, a new type of lace was introduced at the end of the 19th century in Belgium. It was called Princess lace. The introduction of this lace was an immediate success. Queen Maria-Hendrika was a dedicated fan of it, and the Belgian royals were so pleased that they granted the permission to call this Belgian lace Princess lace. In 1993, there were still 15 lace merchants who ordered lace makers to make Princess lace. But today, the number of Princess lace merchants and lace makers is decreasing, to only a few. Today Princess lace is a unique piece of art that, if passed down from generation to generation, will be treasured forever.