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Heels & Handshakes Meet A Member, Kelly Aratoon

Today, we have the pleasure of sitting with Kelly Aratoon of Modern Trousseau.

Modern Trousseau has been cemented as a favorite amongst brides worldwide for decades. The hallmark of the Modern Trousseau label is customization and couture fit. Modern Trousseau is proud to offer endless modification options to their gowns to create a custom couture garmet to suit a bride’s exact vision for her wedding day look. Modern Trousseau is known for luxury fabrics making each Modern Trousseau gown a one-of-a-kind, wearable work of art.

Modern Trousseau’s production house is based in Woodbridge, Connecticut, meaning all gowns are designed and made with love in the USA. Modern Trousseau bridal gowns and couture evening wear can be found at their Flagships across the United States and in select luxury retailers globally. Modern Trousseau Nashville is located at 425 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee

How did you enter into the hospitality industry?
I come from the world of big advertising in Washington DC. I joined the Modern Trousseau management team full time in 2018 out of Baltimore, Maryland, and haven’t looked back since. Today, I oversee all Modern Trousseau Flagships, retailer partnerships (watch for our gowns on that certain television show) and our global marketing. Most days you’ll find me, and my Goldendoodle Fall, in our Nashville Flagship located in downtown Nashville at 425 Church Street. Please come say hi!

What brought you to Nashville?
In June 2020 I left Washington DC to come to Nashville to interview additional staff for our Nashville Flagship. My trip was scheduled for three weeks and I haven’t been back to DC since. After only mere hours I felt at home in Nashville. I was especially wooed by the relaxed vibes, hot weather and steady stream of sweet tea.

Where are we likely to find you on the weekends or when you aren’t working?
Most weekend, especially Saturdays, you’ll find me at Modern Trousseau Nashville helping the women we are so fortunate to call clients find or create her perfect dream wedding gown or occasion wear. Yes, we do full evening wear. Modern Trousseau is a full couture house meaning we make everything ourselves in our Woodbridge, Connecticut, atelier. If you can dream it, Modern Trousseau can design and create it out of the most luxurious material, including every color of the rainbow. Outside of work I am a foodie at heart who loves to eat, especially patisserie.

Name 3 things you cannot live without.
My Goldendoodle Fall; good hot tea, I’m a sucker for loose-leaf English Breakfast, and experiences. Once we can really travel again, I’m itching to return to one of my favorite cities, London. I could live in the British Museum if they let me.

What are you currently listening to? Podcast? Favorite song that motivates you? I love classical music specifically Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Yo-Yo Ma’s edition of Bach’s Cello Suite. As someone who grew up with pop music, I forever love the Spice Girls. Fun fact, I have all five spice girl dolls in storage hoping they will appreciate in value. I’ve traveled globally to see the Spice Girls perform. It was awesome.

Where can members connect with you?
Please connect with me! My direct email is Would love to meet for tea or a puppy walk.

We highly recommend sending your bridal party and anyone looking for formal wear to Kelly! Make sure to track this in our program, Deals in Heels.


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