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