Latest News: All change at Atelier 19...! We will be closing our shop at 19, Suffolk Road on Sunday 16th June and relocating to The Well Walk Tea Room, 5-6 Well Walk, Cheltenham GL50 3JX from Summer 2019....more news to follow!

Atelier 19 Cheltenham

Bridal and Vintage Boutique in Cheltenham

Located in 'The Suffolks" area of Cheltenham, Atelier 19 is a vintage inspired bridal and vintage boutique and atelier of award winning designer Jan Knibbs. Jan specialises in couture embroidery and, together with her team, can create any style dress and all of the accessories to turn your wedding dreams into reality.

She can also customise an existing wedding dress, or upcyle any vintage treasures you may have, to make your outfit truly unique and personal. Jan devotes the utmost care and attention to detail with all her creations, making each one a work of art, which will be a treasured family heirloom for years to come.

The journey begins with a no obligation appointment for an initial chat, where the bride-to-be can share all of her ideas and aspirations for her special day. Jan will then come up with a design and together choose the perfect fabric, embellishment and lace. A toile will then be made to ensure the perfect fit before the adventure begins.


Jan Knibbs' style is perfect for pretty bridal wear especially if you’re looking for something completely unique for your special day. Not only can she make a bespoke wedding dress, she can also customise an existing dress and make all the finishing touches including headwear, shoes, sashes and bags for you and your bridesmaids to make sure the entire wedding party co-ordinates.


Whether you are the bride, mother of the bride (or groom) or a guest at any special occasion, Jan can make you an exquisite embroidered outfit or any of the accessories you might need. She can also adorn existing hats, shoes, bags or other items with her signature style of embroidery.


Jan also makes embroidered jewellery including neck pieces, wristbands and earrings in her unique style incorporating many different embroidery techniques sometimes with vintage finds. Jewellery can also be commissioned to match any existing outfit for any special occasion.

Wedding Blogs

Jan Knibbs / Atelier 19 has been featured on the following:

Way Out Wedding
Wedding Ideas Magazine


Jan’s competitive nature has led her to be successful in many competitions. She has won the Embroidery category in the British Bridal Awards, come 2nd twice in the international Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery as well as being awarded the Swarovski Prize.


Jan has collaborated on many themed photo shoots with talented photographers, models, hair stylists and make-up artists. This has led to an interest in styling for other shoots and curating mixed exhibitions as well as providing vintage tea parties and shoots for their own vintage hen party venue.

Jan Knibbs Design Studio

Let Them Eat Cake
Marie Antoinette

Vintage inspired design perfect for the modern bride.

Christmas Open Studios

Faeland Tour PosterAtelier 19 will be participating the Cheltenham Christmas Open Studios events in The Suffolks from 9th to 11th November 2018.

We will be opne from 10am to 4pm each day.

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Faeland Tour Poster
Jan Knibbs and Atelier 19 are really happy to have been involved the the new look for folk-pop band Faeland.

One of Jan's creations is the jacket worn by Martin (on the left of the photo on the tour poster).

Faeland create songs for the spirit, folk-pop with a mystical Celtic edge.

Based in Bristol and Stroud, UK, Faeland fuse deep folk tradition and acoustic instrumentation, bringing an innovative and subtly experimental approach to contemporary music. They recently released their debut album, All My Swim, which has received support and acclaim from BBC 6 Music (via Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson), Uncut Magazine, Folk Radio UK and a host of others.

The band features some of the South West’s finest folk musicians, with singer Rebecca Nelson and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Morrison at its songwriting and musical core. Martin Solomon (Celtic harp, violin, accordion) and Lizzie Tucker (double bass) regularly join them live and in the studio.

Faeland is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Rebecca Nelson and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Morrison, a project designed to break them both out of their comfort zones and to allow them to do meaningful work, not merely start another band. Their combined efforts picked up steam quickly and led to sold-out gigs and a successful crowdfunding campaign. That led to All My Swim, an album that deals with the deeper themes of humanity like love, healing, and magic. Both Nelson and Morrison come from families of artists, creatives, and healers and this gives a natural quality to these ideas that would flounder in lesser hands.

The sound is acoustic guitars and basses mixed with drums, harp, santour, and violin. Ethereal, bittersweet vocals float across the mix and complete the picture. Echoes of Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, and Gillian Welch are detectable but the vibe is original and individual.

Find out more about Faeland.


Jan Knibbs

Jan Knibbs is a fashion and textile designer specialising in embroidery currently based in the Cheltenham and serving clients over a wide area of The South West, Wales and The Midlands. She creates amazing items of wearable art ranging from jewellery to bridal wear, all adorned with her distinctive signature style of rich hand-worked embroidery, inspired by nature and the changing seasons, incorporating delicate floral designs in appliqué, ribbon embroidery and beadwork, especially Swarovski crystals. Jan often incorporates vintage fabrics, off-cuts and antique lace as well as pieces of vintage costume jewellery into her designs for her label “something old…something new” which means it is also ethical.

Jan's designs are now featured on the Way Out Wedding Blog as part of the a Marie Antoinette photo shoot at Homme House in Herefordshire.

Midsummer Mayhem from The Finishing Touch on Vimeo.

You can also see some of Jan's designs in Wedding Ideas Magazine, Perfect Wedding, Fae Magazine and Faerie Magazine (see video by Sophie Vanessa Videography of Faerie Magazine shoot by Daniella Jaine above).


The Suffolks, Cheltenham

Inside Atelier 19 Cheltenham

Atelier 19 is located in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham which is set around the mid-19th century Suffolk Square is in the heart of Cheltenham's chic, bohemian Montpellier district. Find us at 19, Suffolk Road, GL50 2AF.

Named after the Earl of Suffolk, who briefly owned the area from 1808. The square contains predominantly late Georgian and early Victorian villas and terraced houses that give a distinctive identity to the area.

It has recently been described as "the Notting Hill of Cheltenham" and is home to established and new range of interesting restaurants, cafes and deli's, while a variety of antique and interior shops and a range of boutiques including vintage clothing, giftware, jewelry make this area of Cheltenham a shoppers paradise.

Many consider these streets to be the true artisan area of Cheltenham, with many of the creative professions, such as landscape designers, interior designers, silversmiths and photographers, choosing to locate here away from the bustle of the town centre.

Jan Knibbs

Jan Knibbs offers a variety of luxury, handmade designer garments and accessories ranging from earrings to complete wedding outfits. Her designs allow clients to buy into new luxury and enjoy a unique range of garments, accessories and statement jewellery reflecting on the past whilst looking to the future.


Autumn-Winter 2018 Workshops

29 Sep - Crochet

27 Oct - Machine Embroidery

3 Nov - Embroidered Buttons

17 Nov - Dressmaking

21 Nov - Flower Brooch

22 Nov - Macramé plant pot holders

24 Nov - Beading

29 Nov - Ribbon Work

1 Dec - Cushion Covers

8 Dec - Christmas Stocking


Jan's designs are perfect for vintage fantasy themed or boho weddings. Jan likes nothing better than getting involved in the overall styling for your special day to make sure everything co-ordinates. Her designs are vintage inspired, perfect for the modern, discerning bride.

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Jan has taken part in many exhibitions, including Unexpected Excesses at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. She also curated an Alice in Wonderland inspired exhibition at the Art Couture Gallery in Painswick.

Now a member of Blue Patch.

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