Welcome to MONTE MONDAYS! Every Monday for the next few weeks, we will feature our dear friend Monte Durham from TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
LSGS: Many of our clients know you from “jacking” up brides on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta. Many DON’T know that you have been in the fashion and beauty industry for years. How did you get started?
Monte: I was born in the hills of West Virginia. My father was quite the dapper dresser in college, and my mother was always a great dresser with an impeccable, understated sense of style. … I was always surrounded by changing fashions because of my three sisters. I tell everyone that when I started school, I started in a one-room schoolhouse that my grandfather helped build. [Later] I went to a very small merchandising school … and went into department stores in visual merchandising (at the time, it was called display). When I transitioned to the sales floor and became a personal shopper … women would say to me they could never find anybody to alter their clothes properly or do their hair the way they wanted. I thought, “I can’t sew, but I can do hair!” I went to Graham Webb International and took the advanced course [in London] and then worked for Elizabeth Arden. [After that] I opened my own salon, Studio M at The Resort at Glade Springs in West Virginia.