Sewing together memories
Dousman native opens bridal studio after six years of NYC experience

By Alex Nemec

July 11, 2019

 Kit Hunzinger stands next to bridal gowns inside of Kit’s Bridal Studio at
165 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

Alex Nemec/Enterprise Staff

OCONOMOWOC — A new bridal studio has opened in the heart of downtown Oconomowoc as Kristin Hunzinger brings her expertise and knowledge of bridal gowns and the fashion world back from New York City.

Hunzinger — who goes by her college nickname “Kit” — said Kit’s Bridal Studio opened June 1 and she has known she wanted to go into fashion since she was 7 years old.

“I started teaching myself sewing when I was 8 years old and I have been chasing that dream ever since,” Hunzinger said. Kit’s Bridal Studio will focus on bridal gowns — which Hunzinger sews herself — as well as bridal accessories and the occasional suit for men, she said.

Hunzinger said she never anticipated going into bridal, but found she enjoyed working with the women getting their dresses.

“I just fell in love with it and I fell in love with the value behind the gowns,” she said.

Hunzinger said she doesn’t have a specific story of helping a bride, but the general sense of helping brides is fulfilling. She added that people being more self-conscious these days, she has the ability to sit down and listen to people’s frustrations and insecurities and sew a dress to fit the unique bride.

“Being able to sit down with somebody and listen to what their trouble areas are and being able to address that and make them look at themselves completely different is honestly what keeps me going with it,” Hunzinger said.

The Dousman native went to college in Savannah, Georgia, swearing never to move back, and after college, found a job in New York City, she said. However, her plans changed when she was getting burned out living in the city that never sleeps.

“I actually decided I wanted to take a sabbatical from the city because New York living can be hard,” Hunzinger said. “I was getting pretty burnt out to be honest because working in the fashion industry, I’m a very hard worker and don’t ever take breaks and I was really pushing myself.”

Hunzinger added she wanted to work for herself and have her name on the things she created.

“I decided I wanted to go into business myself and have my name on everything I’ve been doing,” Hunzinger said. “I wanted to take a two-month sabbatical to write my business plan and design my first collection.”

Those two months back in Wisconsin has turned into three years in part because of her own business and because she met someone special.

“Life has a funny way of having its own plan or path set up for you,” she said.

Hunzinger still juggles her New York City life as she is still a contracted employee with Victoria’s Secret traveling back and forth quarterly to exercise her duty as their conceptual designer and sample coordinator.


‘Small-town, big-neighborhood feel’

Having been gone from Lake Country for over 10 years, Hunzinger said Oconomowoc has a few similarities to a big city like New York and it was a big shock coming back to Oconomowoc after all the changes the city has undergone.

“Obviously this might seem like a farfetched statement to make, but there are aspects of downtown Oconomowoc that remind me of places in Brooklyn that I loved,” Hunzinger said. “It has that small-town feel, but big-neighborhood feel to it.

“It’s just perfect. I miss the city terribly but I really feel like this is a great transition back.”

Hunzinger said she plans on bringing out her second collection of dresses in October and hopes to start doing lessons and classes in the near future.

For more information visit www.kithunzinger.com or follow her on Instagram at @sewkit.