Don’t let the unassuming name fool you. Fashion junkies from Ottawa to Kingston and everywhere in between make the pilgrimage to Carleton Place, Ontario to get their fix at this boutique/design studio!
Like to swim against the current of fashion? Indie label lovers go gaga over the in-house label, Dominica Maazur! The custom option allows fashionistas to choose their own colour, length, and small details, just enough change to express yourself perfectly! Prefer to follow the latest trends? The shop is stocked full with varying high fashion labels! Whatever your fashion whims, chances are, you will find your style vibe at The Dress Shop.
With a studio on site, eco-fashionistas flock there for quality, hand-made pieces, by Owner/Designer, Olena Androschuk. Knowing that their clothing is ethically sourced, made with sustainable, Canadian fabrics is important to so many of their clients.
Hard to fit? Get it here! Custom work is the same ticket price of the garment. No additional fees. True story! Another advantage shopping slow fashion: you get a perfect fit, just for you. And who doesn’t love being personally fitted by a designer?
Olena’s designs are cut for real women, and are the talk of the county. With a diploma in Fashion Design from the Ukraine, Olena took to the fashion houses in London, England to perfect her art. “In London, the standards for fashion are very high, it was there that I learned to perfect a pattern”.
While her precision and skill come from her training, her designs come from the heart. Her label, Dominica Maazur was named after her grandmother who taught her to sew. “My grandmother was a very strong woman, yet very feminine. I design to bring out the beauty of a woman’s curves and her very own personality signature”.
If the in-house label doesn’t make you swoon, you are sure to fall in love with at least one of the others. This spacious shop is filled with fave Canadian labels such as Lisette L, (Oprah’s favourite pant) as well some other European designs (check out: Bella Amore, a whimsical, billowy Italian line that will make you feel like you’re in Milan).
While you’re looking for that perfect dress, (you will find every style from casual to black tie) stock up on cute tops, amazing pants, locally designed scarves and accessories!
The Dress Shop is located is 141 Bridge St, Carleton Place, Ontario. (613) 253-8080