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Claire Dratch

Bethesda , MD

LOCATION

7615 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda , MD US 20814 (map)

PHONE

301-656-8000
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
A few months ago, I purchased my wedding dress from Claire Dratch. I had a great experience there and found the woman who assisted me to be very helpful and caring. She worked with me on the price and everything. I absolutely LOVE my dress and can't wait to go back for my first fitting.
A few months ago, I purchased my wedding dress from Claire Dratch. I had a great experience there and found the woman who Read more...
A few months ago, I purchased my wedding dress from Claire Dratch. I had a great experience there and found the woman who assisted me to be very helpful and caring. She worked with me on the price and everything. I absolutely LOVE my dress and can't wait to go back for my first fitting. Read less
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Gayenell
Wedding:
2/17/2013
4.9/5.0
I went to all the typical places - Nordstroms, Neimans, Saks, but could not find anything I liked better than the dress from Claire Dratch. It was more expensive but very unique and flattering. I was thrilled. Service was great. It was delivered on time. The alterations were professionally done - the seamstress was very talented. I would very much go back again. The only negative note was the additional tailoring charge was not part of the original quote for the cost of the dress. I guess I should not be surprised that the last fine tuning for the fit had an additional cost. I would gladly go back. Don't be discouraged by the lack of updates in the design of the store. I was very happy with the final product.
I went to all the typical places - Nordstroms, Neimans, Saks, but could not find anything I liked better than the dress Read more...
I went to all the typical places - Nordstroms, Neimans, Saks, but could not find anything I liked better than the dress from Claire Dratch. It was more expensive but very unique and flattering. I was thrilled. Service was great. It was delivered on time. The alterations were professionally done - the seamstress was very talented. I would very much go back again. The only negative note was the additional tailoring charge was not part of the original quote for the cost of the dress. I guess I should not be surprised that the last fine tuning for the fit had an additional cost. I would gladly go back. Don't be discouraged by the lack of updates in the design of the store. I was very happy with the final product. Read less
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Sandy A.
Wedding:
11/5/2011
2.7/5.0
Our experience at Claire Dratch was a bit of a mixed-bag. On the one hand, Inna -- our sales lady -- was absolutely delightful to work with. Indeed, she was extremely patient, responsive, helpful, straightforward and not pushy at all. She also went way above and beyond the call of duty when -- in an effort to help me save some time during the week before my wedding -- she personally delivered some flower girl sashes to the boutique where I picked up my wedding dress. I thought that was awfully kind of her.

Unfortunately, my mother and sister (who also acted as my Maid of Honor) had negative experiences when they went to Claire Dratch to get their dresses altered, as both dresses came back badly botched. In fact, my mother could not wear the lovely gown she bought at Nordstrom b/c post-alterations, it was extremely unflattering and my sister's dress came back w/all sorts of problems (not to mention the fact that pins were still in it). At the 11th hour, she had to find another tailor to fix the dress enough that she could wear it to the wedding.

Also, I have to admit that, overall, I found Claire Dratch to be a bit disorganized (among other incidents, they briefly lost one of my bridesmaids' dresses -- then, I was told that one of my bridesmaids never came in for a fitting, when in fact, she had been in several times and was told to come back), and they do not answer their phones regularly, even during normal business hours. Moreover, they apparently don't have an answering machine, so it's hit or miss when you call there.

Overall, I'd give rave reviews to Inna, and I must say -- the bridesmaids dresses that we got there were absolutely stunning. That said, I'm thankful given the circumstances that I bought my wedding dress elsewhere.
Our experience at Claire Dratch was a bit of a mixed-bag. On the one hand, Inna -- our sales lady -- was absolutely Read more...
Our experience at Claire Dratch was a bit of a mixed-bag. On the one hand, Inna -- our sales lady -- was absolutely delightful to work with. Indeed, she was extremely patient, responsive, helpful, straightforward and not pushy at all. She also went way above and beyond the call of duty when -- in an effort to help me save some time during the week before my wedding -- she personally delivered some flower girl sashes to the boutique where I picked up my wedding dress. I thought that was awfully kind of her.

Unfortunately, my mother and sister (who also acted as my Maid of Honor) had negative experiences when they went to Claire Dratch to get their dresses altered, as both dresses came back badly botched. In fact, my mother could not wear the lovely gown she bought at Nordstrom b/c post-alterations, it was extremely unflattering and my sister's dress came back w/all sorts of problems (not to mention the fact that pins were still in it). At the 11th hour, she had to find another tailor to fix the dress enough that she could wear it to the wedding.

Also, I have to admit that, overall, I found Claire Dratch to be a bit disorganized (among other incidents, they briefly lost one of my bridesmaids' dresses -- then, I was told that one of my bridesmaids never came in for a fitting, when in fact, she had been in several times and was told to come back), and they do not answer their phones regularly, even during normal business hours. Moreover, they apparently don't have an answering machine, so it's hit or miss when you call there.

Overall, I'd give rave reviews to Inna, and I must say -- the bridesmaids dresses that we got there were absolutely stunning. That said, I'm thankful given the circumstances that I bought my wedding dress elsewhere. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
10/15/2011
4.6/5.0
I found the dress of my dreams at Claire Dratch! They seamstress there was incredible as the bustle on my dress was incredibly complicated to create without compromising the beauty of the dress. The prices there are not cheap, but aren't much higher than anywhere else for designer dresses. They carry lines that are difficult to find else where.
I found the dress of my dreams at Claire Dratch! They seamstress there was incredible as the bustle on my dress was Read more...
I found the dress of my dreams at Claire Dratch! They seamstress there was incredible as the bustle on my dress was incredibly complicated to create without compromising the beauty of the dress. The prices there are not cheap, but aren't much higher than anywhere else for designer dresses. They carry lines that are difficult to find else where. Read less
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Bon
Wedding:
10/9/2011
4.9/5.0
"Queen for a Day"...yes, that is how I was treated recently at Claire Dratch. OK, I kept putting off shopping for the "mother of the Groom" wedding dress until 12 days before the BIG date! Even though I am a perfect size 4 and easy to fit...I was not in the mood and did not want to spend any money! So, my sister came with me on a Tuesday afternoon, and we walked into Claire Dratch. It was a tentative beginning because of my misgivings, but soon grew into the BEST shopping experience ever! Annick was very attentive, patient, and totally flexible in considering options for me. Annick has terrific style, flare, and a keen eye to know what looks great on particular body types. My original intention was to wear a knit suit, low key for a country wedding, but I had adhere to a fall foliage color scheme requested by the bride. Eventually, I selected a dark rich brown Chinon Silk two piece outfit with a fitted top, small straps, and gently flared matching skirt. The whole experience from selecting the outfit and two fittings was completely pleasurable and I was able to stay within my budget. I highly recommend Claire Dratch to anyone in need of a simply nice outfit to a, "World Class Gown or Wedding Dress". Thank you Annick...you are the BEST!!!
"Queen for a Day"...yes, that is how I was treated recently at Claire Dratch. OK, I kept putting off shopping for the Read more...
"Queen for a Day"...yes, that is how I was treated recently at Claire Dratch. OK, I kept putting off shopping for the "mother of the Groom" wedding dress until 12 days before the BIG date! Even though I am a perfect size 4 and easy to fit...I was not in the mood and did not want to spend any money! So, my sister came with me on a Tuesday afternoon, and we walked into Claire Dratch. It was a tentative beginning because of my misgivings, but soon grew into the BEST shopping experience ever! Annick was very attentive, patient, and totally flexible in considering options for me. Annick has terrific style, flare, and a keen eye to know what looks great on particular body types. My original intention was to wear a knit suit, low key for a country wedding, but I had adhere to a fall foliage color scheme requested by the bride. Eventually, I selected a dark rich brown Chinon Silk two piece outfit with a fitted top, small straps, and gently flared matching skirt. The whole experience from selecting the outfit and two fittings was completely pleasurable and I was able to stay within my budget. I highly recommend Claire Dratch to anyone in need of a simply nice outfit to a, "World Class Gown or Wedding Dress". Thank you Annick...you are the BEST!!! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
12/18/2010
4.4/5.0
I had a wonderful experience here and found both my dress, all of my bridesmaids dresses, and my mom's dress. I worked with Inna, who was incredibly knowledgeable and a pleasure to have around. It is very expensive, but probably worth it. My only complaint is that I was not given a discount on my dress or alterations or any of the girls' dresses even though I had 15 bridesmaids, plus my gown and my mom's dress. This was really disappointing seeing as we sent SO much business there. In addition, one of my bridesmaids ended up getting her dress and her bridesmaids' dresses there. I think they would benefit by discounting a situation like that. That left a pretty bad taste in my mouth. Other than that, Inna was awesome, the dresses were beautiful and I was very happy!
I had a wonderful experience here and found both my dress, all of my bridesmaids dresses, and my mom's dress. I worked Read more...
I had a wonderful experience here and found both my dress, all of my bridesmaids dresses, and my mom's dress. I worked with Inna, who was incredibly knowledgeable and a pleasure to have around. It is very expensive, but probably worth it. My only complaint is that I was not given a discount on my dress or alterations or any of the girls' dresses even though I had 15 bridesmaids, plus my gown and my mom's dress. This was really disappointing seeing as we sent SO much business there. In addition, one of my bridesmaids ended up getting her dress and her bridesmaids' dresses there. I think they would benefit by discounting a situation like that. That left a pretty bad taste in my mouth. Other than that, Inna was awesome, the dresses were beautiful and I was very happy! Read less
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calgold31
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
My search for a wedding had been so frustrating until I came to Claire Dratch.
Salespeople in stores were very pushy and did not understand what I was looking for.

When I came to Claire Dratch, Inna helped me and immediately understood what I was looking for. She also educated me on other styles that I had rejected because I thought they would not be complimentary to my figure.
Because of her patience and her expertise, I picked a wedding gown that I would not even have tried, but that is so special and perfect on me.
I did not feel the pressure for the sale like I did in the other stores I visited.
And, the best part is that I ended up spending less money than I thought I would.
I thought Claire Dratch carried only expensive gowns, but they do not. Their price point is less than other stores and the gowns have a very expensive look to them.

I would recommend coming to Claire Dratch also for their incredible expertise in alteration. They can and will do anything the customer wants during the alteration.

I will always remember this wonderful experience.
My search for a wedding had been so frustrating until I came to Claire Dratch.
Salespeople in stores were very pushy Read more...
My search for a wedding had been so frustrating until I came to Claire Dratch.
Salespeople in stores were very pushy and did not understand what I was looking for.

When I came to Claire Dratch, Inna helped me and immediately understood what I was looking for. She also educated me on other styles that I had rejected because I thought they would not be complimentary to my figure.
Because of her patience and her expertise, I picked a wedding gown that I would not even have tried, but that is so special and perfect on me.
I did not feel the pressure for the sale like I did in the other stores I visited.
And, the best part is that I ended up spending less money than I thought I would.
I thought Claire Dratch carried only expensive gowns, but they do not. Their price point is less than other stores and the gowns have a very expensive look to them.

I would recommend coming to Claire Dratch also for their incredible expertise in alteration. They can and will do anything the customer wants during the alteration.

I will always remember this wonderful experience. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
5/30/2010
5.0/5.0
I went to eight different bridal stores...Claire Dratch was the second one I visited and I wound up getting my dress there. They are amazing and extremely knowledgeable! Inna was wonderful and Svetlana altered the dress perfectly! I loved my experience there. They have many different price ranges and are accommodating in terms of sizes.
I went to eight different bridal stores...Claire Dratch was the second one I visited and I wound up getting my dress Read more...
I went to eight different bridal stores...Claire Dratch was the second one I visited and I wound up getting my dress there. They are amazing and extremely knowledgeable! Inna was wonderful and Svetlana altered the dress perfectly! I loved my experience there. They have many different price ranges and are accommodating in terms of sizes. Read less
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SG
Wedding:
9/27/2008
4.5/5.0
I went to 4-5 different places to look for a wedding dress, ranging from David's to fancy boutiques. I had the best experience at Claire Dratch. I wasn't able to try on any of the dresses because I'm a plus size (18-20 in normal sizes, 22-24 in crazy wedding dress sizes), which is why I don't give them a 5-star review. But I worked with Inna, who was amazing at finding dresses that had cuts that would flatter me. She was super-nice, professional, and never gave me the "hard sell," which is what I hated so much at the other stores. She was like shopping with a really great older aunt who is no-nonsense and knows exactly what will look best on you. I found a gorgeous dress there that was about $1800 - a bit above my price range, but worth it. Since I couldn't try it on in my size, Inna would hold the dresses up against me and show me how they would work on my frame. It was a bit of a leap of faith to order a dress I couldn't try on, but in the end, they were able to get my size, and the dress came in when they said it would - and looked fabulous! I would definitely recommend Claire Dratch and especially Inna.
I went to 4-5 different places to look for a wedding dress, ranging from David's to fancy boutiques. I had the best Read more...
I went to 4-5 different places to look for a wedding dress, ranging from David's to fancy boutiques. I had the best experience at Claire Dratch. I wasn't able to try on any of the dresses because I'm a plus size (18-20 in normal sizes, 22-24 in crazy wedding dress sizes), which is why I don't give them a 5-star review. But I worked with Inna, who was amazing at finding dresses that had cuts that would flatter me. She was super-nice, professional, and never gave me the "hard sell," which is what I hated so much at the other stores. She was like shopping with a really great older aunt who is no-nonsense and knows exactly what will look best on you. I found a gorgeous dress there that was about $1800 - a bit above my price range, but worth it. Since I couldn't try it on in my size, Inna would hold the dresses up against me and show me how they would work on my frame. It was a bit of a leap of faith to order a dress I couldn't try on, but in the end, they were able to get my size, and the dress came in when they said it would - and looked fabulous! I would definitely recommend Claire Dratch and especially Inna. Read less
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Valerie
Wedding:
5/24/2008
5.0/5.0
Beautiful dresses, great service, great tailoring...Ina made us smile and truly provided that special moment of picking THE dress...
Beautiful dresses, great service, great tailoring...Ina made us smile and truly provided that special moment of picking Read more...
Beautiful dresses, great service, great tailoring...Ina made us smile and truly provided that special moment of picking THE dress... Read less
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triciawdc
Wedding:
5/3/2008
5.0/5.0
I feel compelled to write a review based on my several visits to Claire Dratch - as their customer service, dress selection, and consultative sales associates provided me and my mother with nothing short of extraordinary shopping experiences. My first visit was this past February after visiting several other bridal boutiques in the DC metro area - all of which were disappointing experiences all around. The associates in the Claire Dratch bridal department, Symphony and Inna, were incredible. Symphony was terrific - producing the dresses I wanted to try on, and then suggesting others which I had not considered; of course I went with the one Symphony selected - it was exquisite! Just this past weekend, my mother came to DC for the weekend for the express purpose of buying her mother-of-the bride dress. While we intended to return to Claire Dratch, we stopped at a few other places on the way - Saks, Saks Jandel, Nordstrom, Neimens. Once again, the selection at these high-end stores was lacking and the customer service, while good, lacked the chemistry we were looking for. As soon as we arrived at Claire Dratch, once again, we were given undivided attention, and were the beneficiaries of a consultative approach. The dresses were stunning, and with the help of Annik, my mother found the most beautiful dress to wear at my wedding. Another point I want to make - the experience was fun. We bonded with the staff and felt good about the purchases. After my several visits to Claire Dratch, I find it very hard to believe that anyone can have a less than perfect shopping experience here - but perhaps it's all in the attitude of the shopper. If you want to have a fun and memorable day finding the perfect dress for you, I highly suggest visiting Claire Dratch and asking for Symphony, Inna or Annik. Have a great time!!!! We did!!!
I feel compelled to write a review based on my several visits to Claire Dratch - as their customer service, dress Read more...
I feel compelled to write a review based on my several visits to Claire Dratch - as their customer service, dress selection, and consultative sales associates provided me and my mother with nothing short of extraordinary shopping experiences. My first visit was this past February after visiting several other bridal boutiques in the DC metro area - all of which were disappointing experiences all around. The associates in the Claire Dratch bridal department, Symphony and Inna, were incredible. Symphony was terrific - producing the dresses I wanted to try on, and then suggesting others which I had not considered; of course I went with the one Symphony selected - it was exquisite! Just this past weekend, my mother came to DC for the weekend for the express purpose of buying her mother-of-the bride dress. While we intended to return to Claire Dratch, we stopped at a few other places on the way - Saks, Saks Jandel, Nordstrom, Neimens. Once again, the selection at these high-end stores was lacking and the customer service, while good, lacked the chemistry we were looking for. As soon as we arrived at Claire Dratch, once again, we were given undivided attention, and were the beneficiaries of a consultative approach. The dresses were stunning, and with the help of Annik, my mother found the most beautiful dress to wear at my wedding. Another point I want to make - the experience was fun. We bonded with the staff and felt good about the purchases. After my several visits to Claire Dratch, I find it very hard to believe that anyone can have a less than perfect shopping experience here - but perhaps it's all in the attitude of the shopper. If you want to have a fun and memorable day finding the perfect dress for you, I highly suggest visiting Claire Dratch and asking for Symphony, Inna or Annik. Have a great time!!!! We did!!! Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
5/19/2007
4.2/5.0
My dress was the highlight of the night. The service at Claire Dratch was excellent. I had the perfect number of fittings and I never had a wait. I didnt even have an appointment the first time I popped in and they made sure to accomidate me. I got nothing but compliments all night!
My dress was the highlight of the night. The service at Claire Dratch was excellent. I had the perfect number of fittings Read more...
My dress was the highlight of the night. The service at Claire Dratch was excellent. I had the perfect number of fittings and I never had a wait. I didnt even have an appointment the first time I popped in and they made sure to accomidate me. I got nothing but compliments all night! Read less
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Alisha
Wedding:
3/11/2007
3.2/5.0
The selection is somewhat limited but I found my dress there and the pricing was the best around.
The selection is somewhat limited but I found my dress there and the pricing was the best around.
The selection is somewhat limited but I found my dress there and the pricing was the best around. Read less
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Evin
Wedding:
9/2/2006
4.9/5.0
My dream dress was available [as a floor sample] at this lovely boutique. The wedding section is in the upstairs part of this shop. They also took care of the alterations in-house and we ordered a hand-made mantilla veil.
My dream dress was available [as a floor sample] at this lovely boutique. The wedding section is in the upstairs part of Read more...
My dream dress was available [as a floor sample] at this lovely boutique. The wedding section is in the upstairs part of this shop. They also took care of the alterations in-house and we ordered a hand-made mantilla veil. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/11/2005
3.8/5.0
I only went to one bridal shop- this one, so I'm not sure how it compares, but my experience here was very nice. The salespeople were very helpful and not pushy at all. I think they would be willing to give honest opinions and make sure you look your best, whether that means getting a dress from them or not. I also got my alterations done there, which was not that great of an experience, as it was very experience and I didn't think it turned out that well, but it was overall a pretty good experience.
I only went to one bridal shop- this one, so I'm not sure how it compares, but my experience here was very nice. The Read more...
I only went to one bridal shop- this one, so I'm not sure how it compares, but my experience here was very nice. The salespeople were very helpful and not pushy at all. I think they would be willing to give honest opinions and make sure you look your best, whether that means getting a dress from them or not. I also got my alterations done there, which was not that great of an experience, as it was very experience and I didn't think it turned out that well, but it was overall a pretty good experience. Read less
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Catherine
Wedding:
4/3/2005
1.4/5.0
The worst decision of the wedding was chosing this place for the dress. They did not have dresses that fit but used a binder clip to hold it together in back and promised that the real dress would fit or could be altered to fit properly. I had to call to find out that my dress had been in for a week and that they were waiting until closer to the wedding to notify me. When I tried my dress on for the first time I burst into tears as it was not at all the fit that I was expecting. The sales clerk was unsympathetic and admonished me for crying telling me that most brides cry because they love their dress. She proceeded to sit down and do paperwork. I was torn between starting the hunt over again for a dress and wasting the $3000 that i had already spent or keeping it and hoping that it looked good even though I hated it. I had it altered, had buttons put on the back down the zipper which were applied crookedly and had to be reattached. It was a most miserable experience and one that I so regret. If only someone in the store had seen the tears each time I came back for the fitting and alterations. Even though the dress looked good on the wedding day it still was uncomfortable to wear and made me so sad to see it. It had french lace a lot of beading. The morning of the wedding I had to super glue some of the beading back onto the bodice as several spots came off and were spilling beads in a very noticeable part of the dress. Go to a real bridal store and not one that pretends to be a bridal store. Price does not guarantee that it will be the dress of your dreams. I got talked into it by the initial sales clerk who, by the time of pick up, was long gone. Avoid Claire Dratch for your wedding gown. Don't even stop in there to try on anything. Horrible staff attitude and expensive alteration costs.
The worst decision of the wedding was chosing this place for the dress. They did not have dresses that fit but used a Read more...
The worst decision of the wedding was chosing this place for the dress. They did not have dresses that fit but used a binder clip to hold it together in back and promised that the real dress would fit or could be altered to fit properly. I had to call to find out that my dress had been in for a week and that they were waiting until closer to the wedding to notify me. When I tried my dress on for the first time I burst into tears as it was not at all the fit that I was expecting. The sales clerk was unsympathetic and admonished me for crying telling me that most brides cry because they love their dress. She proceeded to sit down and do paperwork. I was torn between starting the hunt over again for a dress and wasting the $3000 that i had already spent or keeping it and hoping that it looked good even though I hated it. I had it altered, had buttons put on the back down the zipper which were applied crookedly and had to be reattached. It was a most miserable experience and one that I so regret. If only someone in the store had seen the tears each time I came back for the fitting and alterations. Even though the dress looked good on the wedding day it still was uncomfortable to wear and made me so sad to see it. It had french lace a lot of beading. The morning of the wedding I had to super glue some of the beading back onto the bodice as several spots came off and were spilling beads in a very noticeable part of the dress. Go to a real bridal store and not one that pretends to be a bridal store. Price does not guarantee that it will be the dress of your dreams. I got talked into it by the initial sales clerk who, by the time of pick up, was long gone. Avoid Claire Dratch for your wedding gown. Don't even stop in there to try on anything. Horrible staff attitude and expensive alteration costs. Read less
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