Uniting Honesty and Fashion.

Cleveland, Ohio · 8 Sales


Uniting Honesty and Fashion.

Cleveland, Ohio 8 Sales On Etsy since 2011

SolitaryPearl is taking a short break

Christen Schneider

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Christen Schneider


Be beautiful. Do good.

Fashion is all about community. I think that's why I've always loved it so much. Brides lead the creation of something beautiful while they connect the artisans at every level of the process. At the wedding, they continue that connection with their loved ones. One decision can do the world good, even if it's just small changes. Every day at Solitary Pearl is driven by our love for connecting and helping to push each other to be better and happier.

Most of our silk is hand-woven using natural processes at a Fair Trade certified company in Cambodia. They support the women in their community and do absolutely beautiful work. The silks that aren't handwoven come from facilities our suppliers checks to make sure the artists are treated fairly. With the exception of a very small amount of laces, we work with all natural fabrics. All Solitary Pearl fabric waste is given to local artists at no cost. It helps them grow, and it helps us with our goal to be environmentally conscious.

Located just outside Cleveland, OH, you'll find corners of my work space filled with all things fabric and lace. Currently I make everything myself, but if you stick around you'll be able to be a part of my dream for expanding our reach in the community. We're working to open a studio to train single mothers in both business and creative careers while paying them living wages. We'll have high quality child care and education for their little ones right in the same space.

I love every piece of the process of this business and couldn't be happier that I get to create and be a part of it every day. Thank you for letting me share this with you!

"Go out into the world and do well. But more importantly, go out into the world and do good."
~ Minor Myers Jr.

Shop members

  • Christen Schneider

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a home-grown designer. My mom taught me to sew and I had my own machine by ten. I have a love of beautiful dresses and a big passion for social justice. I'm constantly working to improve Solitary Pearl's impact in our town and worldwide.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 14, 2013
Here at Solitary Pearl, we create gorgeous feminine wedding dresses from ethically sourced materials. I have a passion for offering brides the perfect dress to help their personality shine brighter and even more beautifully. Our basic principles are be fair, be nice, and do exceptional work. It’s simple and friendly because we believe things are usually better that way.

There are a lot of people involved in making a wedding dress and it's our goal to use our business to help as many of them as possible. We don’t order supplies unless we have talked to the supplier and know that everyone involved is being treated right. Some supplies are certified fair trade or organic. Some are made in the USA, Europe, or Canada. We try to encourage anyone who is making strides in ethical labor practices. We have some big dreams about our own company too, look at our About page for more.

My dresses are pretty and flattering, and practical enough that you can enjoy your day.There is a single pearl somewhere on each dress. It helps me focus on the big picture, and I hope it will help you remember how special you both are on your very important day!

Sincere best wishes,

Christen Schneider


I'm happy to set up payments at no cost! Just ask :)

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
Paypal is the accepted payment method. Once you pay, I start your dress. It's pretty simple!
Shipping is listed with the item. It will include insurance and confirmation for high price items like wedding dresses. I can add insurance to lower priced items if you request. I ship USPS unless you request otherwise.
Refunds and Exchanges
All standard size dresses are 100% returnable if shipped within 3 days of receipt (based on postage data). Buyer pays for return shipping.

Please note that if you request a mixed size gown (bodice one size, skirt another) we charge a 30% restocking fee. Because it is not a "standard" size, it is much harder for us to find it a new home!
Additional policies and FAQs
If you want to try a Solitary Pearl dress on in person, let me know! I can schedule a pop up trunk show in your area if we can gather a group of interested brides.