AN Asian bridal designer has opened a studio with modest clothing as one of her most important values.

Raeesah Jassat  started her clothing brand, Valentina Rose last year in September, with bespoke dresses including bridal wear, simple gowns and ready to wear dresses.

The mum of three wanted to create a modest brand for especially Muslim girls but caters to every client regardless of faith.

Located in the Blackburn Enterprise Centre, the 31-year-old first started a clothing business 10 years ago but stopped after having and bringing up her three children.

She said: “I have always been interested in fashion and business.

“My husband and I run two restaurants, but I keep coming back to this and wanted to have my own brand.

“It is nice to represent and support all different kinds of women and have something for my daughters to look up to as well.

"And so many women look for modest wear that's still glamorous and affordable, I wanted to provide that because it's important for all women to feel comfortable."

Valentina Rose, Mrs Jassat often designs Asian bridalwear, with heavy embroidery work being completed in places like Lebanon and Turkey.

She also stocks a hugely popular modest clothing range, giving an option for every type of dresser.

In the beginning, Mrs Jassat designed and made everything herself, but as the brand has grown, she now only designs, while the dresses are made in places such as Delhi.

Everything but her ready to wear collection is designed by the mum herself.

She said: “A client will show us a dress from the internet, and we will recreate it to suit their budget.

“Initially I only did ready to wear collections, but a lot of people asked me about bridal wear.

“Usually people go for the glitzy glamorous dresses but since the pandemic they want something a little more sophisticated.”

Mrs Jassat and her husband run Wok to Work in Manchester, which is part of a franchise as well as a new pizza place called Crusts in Rochdale.

She said: “I was busy being a mum before and I do all the social media and marketing for the restaurants I run with my husband.

“I do want my daughters to see that especially an Asian woman can work as well as everything else, because we do take a lot on.”

The business was originally set to launch in February 2020 but after the pandemic halted her plans, Mrs Jassat finally started again in September.

To see more of her work follow the Instagram page