Brian Harrell, General Manager of Shores, had the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas for a conference with the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists (AWGS). What is AWGS, you may be thinking. It’s a non-profit trade association, tested and endorsed by the Association of Bridal Consultants, Green Bride Guide, and The Wedding Planning Institute, of specialty cleaners.
Members of AWGS must be certified to ensure that wedding gowns and heirloom textiles are cleaned according to established museum standards and preserved in archival-quality materials. More importantly, each member of AWGS is required to honor the written international guarantee of every Certified Wedding Gown Specialist. If you return your wedding gown preservation to any one of the members, including Shores, your gown will be inspected and pressed at no charge.
During the week-long conference, members met with wedding industry experts, toured local cleaners, presented a long-time member with an annual award, and elected officers. One of the incoming members of the Board of Directors is none other than our own Brian Harrell. “This is a great opportunity to network with some of the best preservationists around the world,” said Brian. “The knowledge shared in this setting is unmatched in quality and quantity, as it pertains to restoring and preserving wedding gowns and other vintage items. I am honored to have been selected to represent Shores Fine Dry Cleaning and look forward to serving on the AWGS board for the next 3 years.”
We too feel honored that Brian has been selected for this important role, though we are not surprised. Brian has spent the last 18 years representing Shores quite well – working hard, leading by example, staying up on the latest technology, and making our customers happy. We can confidently say that both Shores and the AWGS will greatly benefit from this new relationship.