About Us

Lea-Ann Belter

Forever painting and drawing, Lea-Ann knew from a young age her future lay in her creativity.

Upon graduating from an art-focused high school, Lea-Ann continued her formal education at the Sheridan College of Crafts and Design, where she specialized in glass and textiles. She went on to earn her diploma from the International Academy of Design and Merchandising, after which Lea-Ann trained with a couturier where she refined the characteristics that define her work – flawless execution and impeccable quality.

Lea-Ann ultimately found her calling when she designed a wedding dress for her brother’s fiancée. She found bridal was the perfect expression of her love of fashion, amazing fabrics, timeless aesthetics, and meticulous execution. Before long, Lea-Ann opened her first wedding gown boutique in the exclusive Yorkville area of Toronto. Five years later, she launched the Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Collection through a network of retailers.

In 2005, Lea–Ann opened the Lea–Ann Belter Bridal flagship store on Toronto’s Queen Street East, and in 2007 she was named Wedding Gown Designer of the Year at the Canadian Wedding Industry Awards. Lea-Ann moved both her shop and production studio in 2012 to their permanent home in Toronto on the corner of Dundas Street and Broadview Avenue.

Her designs are available in a curated selection of bridal boutiques across North America and Europe.

Maxine gown
Fernando
Production Manager

I studied Fashion Design at George Brown College and graduated in 2013. My favorite gown is Rosamund for its simplicity, elegance and retro look. It is like looking at a Charles James dress. It is unique and the only gown we make in this satin silk damask fabric.

Ryan
Cutter

I studied at the International Academy of Design and Technology, the same school as Lea-Ann! I really like the freedom to be creative and work independently.

Barbara
Bookkeeper

I love working with everyone here in the shop, it keeps me young. (Barbara also just happens to be Lea-Ann’s mom!)

Vanessa
Vanessa
Retail Sales in the Flagship

I love working with brides and being part of their special day. From choosing the gown, to the fittings, to seeing the gown on it’s way to the wedding; it is important to me to make sure it is fun and stress-free.  Oh, and my favorite gown is Joy.

Kwan
Draper

I knew how to sew, thanks to a previous position, but I have learned so much with Lea-Ann. My favorite part of working here is the friendly environment and the people I work with. Did I mention two of them happen to be my sisters?

Estefania
Estefania
Draper

I studied Fashion Design at George Brown College and graduated in April of 2016. My favorite gown is Simone. Her shape and complexity is perfect. I love that I get to spend time everyday in such a creative atmosphere. My co-workers are amazing.

Brad
Brad
Cutter

I studied at the International Academy of Design and Technology. I got lucky and started this job the same week I graduated, ten years ago. The best part of working in the shop are the people I work with. They have become a family to me. Oh, and Blush, she is my favorite gown.

Jade
Jacket Maker

There are so many amazing things about working here. I can always guarantee at least a couple good laughs each day. I love the people I work with and all of the jokes we share. Having the opportunity to work with my hands each day is awesome, too!

Daniel
Diseiye
Jacket Maker

I graduated from the International Academy of Design in March of 2016. I like working here because of the creative freedom that the job allows. We are an artistic community that uplifts and supports each other. My favorite gown is Lucille.

Nina
Nina
Veil Maker

I have worked for Lea-Ann since 1992. I LOOOVE working here. I get to work with such talented people and have learned so many new skills. I am enamored with the gorgeous laces that I work with every day. My favorite veil is Meryl. She is so classic and beautiful.

Fumika
Hand Finisher

I came from Japan and studied Fashion Design at George Brown College. I love all of the various roles at Lea-Ann Belter, but I am happiest hand-sewing lace and beads and making our accessories.