Say Yes to the Dress Wedding Dress Designer Pnina Tornai
Bridal designer Pnina Tornai bases her brand on the foundation of love. Her favorite thing in the world is making brides feel happy and confident in their dream wedding dresses, which they’ve been able to source exclusively at Kleinfeld for over 15 years. But her initial experience at the iconic store in New York City will surprise you. “When I first brought my gowns to Kleinfeld 17 years ago, they told me, ‘Thank you, but no thank you’ because my dresses were so different from what was available in the American market. I insisted they at least try putting my gowns on the floor, and the rest is history. Now, I am proud to say that my dresses changed the face of bridal in the US and worldwide.”
“When I first brought my gowns to Kleinfeld 17 years ago, they told me, ‘Thank you, but no thank you.'”
Pnina hosts consistent trunk shows at Kleinfeld, and she’s also a reality TV veteran at this point, having appeared on 19 seasons of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, as well as Big Brother and Masterchef VIP in Israel. “I can tell you that everyone edits themselves when they know there are cameras around. We can’t help it! We are all only human,” she told POPSUGAR of her time working with the beloved host of SYTTD Randy Fenoli.
Randy is not the only one who wants to work with her. She recently rolled out engagement rings with Jared and plans to expand into men’s wedding bands and fashion jewelry too. Pnina relates her jewelry line to her couture bridal collection in the sense that they send a similar message. They’re both “called ‘One’ because in these challenging times, the only way we can move forward is if we remember that we are all one and remember to care for one another. The only thing that can save this world is love,” she said.
Ahead, we talked to Pnina Tornai about where her journey with Kleinfeld has led her, and some of the tidbits she’s learned along the way.