We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Copeland and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elizabeth, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The best way to describe Texas-based designer Elizabeth Copeland is simply put a “Free Spirit”. Her designs speak volumes to who she is as not only a designer but also to who she is as a person. Although Copeland is an admitted free spirit when you meet her you are quickly reminded of her determination to accomplish an ambitious set of design and business goals. With over 10 years of design experience, Copeland, captures a unique aesthetic that balances playfulness with exceptional detail. There is no doubt that Her imaginative interpretations and desire to stay fresh and playful have provided a foundation for providing a clientele with not only quality pieces but also staying true to her love for being different. Copeland fully embraces the creative process and understands that quality should never be compromised. Copeland and her team of professional seamstresses have worked countless hours to provide garments that provide perfectly-fitting gowns with the highest quality. No detail is spared when creating each piece. Her love for all things vintage inspired with a hint of couture are the basis for fabric selections. Copeland only works with the finest of fabrics and trims. Her fabric of choice being lace as well as other handmade fabrics and other specialty fabrics. Each piece designed is meticulously crafted with the utmost attention to detail and quality. Copeland’s designs have been showcased on the runway in Los Angeles, New York, Austin and Dallas. Her designs are highly sought after from stylist, photographers and brides from around the world. Another passion for Copeland is her love for supporting and building confidence in young girls. Copeland has spent the last 10 years working with young girls to help build esteem through fashion. While fashion is her passion, her mission is to continue to help young girls continue to find their confidence and know that they can achieve their dreams much like she has. Her testimony is what drives her to be the very best she can and along the way try to help others also find their dreams and passions. Copeland believes anything in this life is possible with just a little hard work and determination. Copeland has designed and gifted to stars such as: Mackenzie Hancsicsak (little Kate) of THIS IS US, Elle Whitfield child actress for the movie Den of Thieves, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Archie Punjabi, Kate Flannery and Janina Gavankar, Alexis of Real Housewives of Orange County, Natalie Skyy, Alisa Reyes, Melissa Gorga of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, fashionista Jaime Hilfiger, Frankie Muniz, Forever and Forava, Ava Kolker, and many more. No dream is ever to big to reach. Set your goals…never let anything stop you. You can either let your circumstances hold you back or use them to change your life for the better.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Honestly, when I started my first company 13 years ago- I thought I’d work less hours and have more freetime. I have definitely learned that being an entrepreneur is not for the weak. I work longer hours and only go on vacation once a year now. But, I would definitely never trade it for another corporate career. I feel more myself now then ever before. I feel more creative. Juggling a very busy and growing company while also being a mom of two boys and a wife- can be overwhelming. There are days where I just shut off the work emails and just spend alone time with my children and family. Finding a work life balance is critical to avoid burnout. My passion and love (outside of my family) is continuing to build my company. We have come along way the last few years. I’ve spent hours sourcing the best fabric, and creating gowns that are quality.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Honestly- I’m a huge foodie. I would take them to DiDi’s Downtown in Frisco for dinner and drinks and live music. I find it relaxing to also just drive the hidden backroads in Frisco and Mckinney. There are so many beautiful scenic routes and hidden fruit and vegetables farms.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are too many people to thank alomg my career path. I’m grateful to April Massad Photography and Stacie Paris Photography for their constant encouragement and friendship.

Website: Www.bentleyandlace.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/bentleyandlace?igshid=1lx49vr7zvdbd

Image Credits
April Massad Photography

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