Mark Ingram: A Man Who’s Mastered the Bridal Gown

April 14, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — A clotheshorse ever since he could toddle, Mark Ingram ultimately selected an item of clothing he will never wear himself — the wedding gown — as the focal point of his business, the Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, in Midtown. Mr. Ingram, 52, opened his couture bridal shop in 2002 after accumulating 20 years of experience in the clothing industry. He lives in Hamilton Heights.

Dressing up: My grandparents lived in Harlem, and from the time I was a toddler, I remember spending weekends with them and going up and down Fifth Avenue window-shopping. They loved to dress me. On Saturdays I’d go to fittings at Best & Company and B. Altman.

Business first: I grew up in the Bronx and Mount Vernon; I attended the High School of Music and Art, and then I went to N.Y.U. My parents sort of pushed me toward business and marketing.

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