Nicole is the founder of Kayrouz Bridal. Her passion for elegance, sophistication and a touch of sassiness in her design and service aims to empower a woman to feel beautiful.
The sole designer of the fashion house is Berta Balilti. Berta founded her namesake brand in 2004.
Berta has an avant-garde design style, one that always tests the barriers and boundaries of the modern world of fashion design. Her style of design is famous for being bold, sexy and modern, all while combining vintage materials and retro styles. Aside from designing all the collections at the fashion house, Berta oversees the entire production processes in her studio still to this day, when she has over 150 retailers all around the world.
Berta quickly rose to stardom in the fashion world after she managed to surprise even the most veteran fashion editors and bloggers with her artistic approach to high-end bridal fashion. Her collections are considered among the most praised and anticipated in the fashion world.
According to the likes of ELLE and VOGUE, Berta is considered today as one of the world’s top-notch designers the bridal and evening wear scene.
ABOUT MARIA ELENA
The history of Maria Elena Headpieces is not just the story of a business, but the story of a family.
Over a decade ago, Maria Elena created her very first headpiece as a mother’s gift to her daughter Marile to wear on her wedding day. This headpiece was not just an accessory, but was and is a precious family heirloom that will be passed down through the generations of their family.
Today, Maria Elena and Marile wish to share this gift with brides everywhere to sell you headpieces that were created with the same love and commitment that Maria Elena had when she created Marile’s bridal headpiece, and to provide you with the beautiful design, excellent quality and unsurpassed customer service that we are committed to at Maria Elena Headpieces.
HISTORY OF 25 KING STREET
FORMER CITY BANK OF SYDNEY & POST OFFICE
25 King Street was constructed in 1890-1891 for the CITY BANK of SYDNEY (est. 1863) as their Western Branch, replacing an earlier City Bank building at the corner site.
The entrance to the generous banking chamber was located in the corner of the building. The bank’s strong room can still be identified by its heavy metal door. The cast iron spiral staircase opposite today’s lift led down to the basement, which contained another strong room. In addition to the bank, the building also accommodated a large post office in the eastern portion of King Street and various commercial businesses in the upper floor offices, accessed by a separate entrance on Sussex Street. The top floor contained two residential flats, including one for the housekeeper.
“Every convenience for the rapid transaction of public business”
Both bank and post officed served the busy commercial area near the Darling Harbour wharves, shopping offices and trading companies well into the 1960s. The city’s busy warehouses were located here, and King Street with its tram line provided a major link across the city. Converted to architect’s offices in the 1970s by Windermere Pty Ltd, the building was later known as Windermere Chambers.
“Fine stone premises – large, lofty, and well ventilated.”
Build of local Pyrmont stone in the Victorian Italianate architectural style, the building is an important work of noted architects Walter Liberty Vernon (1846-1917) and Howard Joseland (1860-1930). Government Architect Vernon was responsible for scores of highly quality public buildings in Sydney, including the NSW Art Gallery, while Joseland was a leader in developing the Federation style on Sydney’s residential North Shore.The corner tower emphasises the prominent location of the building, which is listed a local heritage item.