Claire Dratch Inc

★★★☆☆
  • 7615 Wisconsin Ave

    Bethesda, MD 20814

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  • 301-656-8000

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Monday-Wednesday,Friday-Saturday: 10am-5:30pm; Thursday: 10am-9pm

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"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!!!

5
★★★★★

"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!!!

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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.

5
★★★★★

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.

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I happened upon this boutique while walking around Bethesda and just stumbled in looking for a dress. My consultant Annik was nice, but would not negotiate on prices at all to accommodate my budget. She mentioned that they used plastic on the bottom of their gowns to keep the samples clean for re-sale but when I asked to buy the sample she refused. She claimed that the gown I was trying on was exclusive to their store and made by a small designer that only they carried. As they remove the tags from the dresses, I had no way of knowing that the dress I was trying on was actually a Lazaro from the Fall 2008 collection which many, many stores carry or have stopped carrying because it is not the latest collection. I found this out a couple days later while perusing the internet, and I have bought the same dress as a sample for half the price this store was asking for.
I was not comfortable with their policy of removing the tags or their unwillingness to negotiate. I usually never make a big fuss over prices, but this dress was out of my budget and Annik was willing to lose a sale in order to charge the full price, while other salons have offered discounts of 10 to 30 % without being asked to do so.

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★★☆☆☆

I happened upon this boutique while walking around Bethesda and just stumbled in looking for a dress. My consultant Annik was nice, but would not negotiate on prices at all to accommodate my budget. She mentioned that they used plastic on the bottom of their gowns to keep the samples clean for re-sale but when I asked to buy the sample she refused. She claimed that the gown I was trying on was exclusive to their store and made by a small designer that only they carried. As they remove the tags from the dresses, I had no way of knowing that the dress I was trying on was actually a Lazaro from the Fall 2008 collection which many, many stores carry or have stopped carrying because it is not the latest collection. I found this out a couple days later while perusing the internet, and I have bought the same dress as a sample for half the price this store was asking for.
I was not comfortable with their policy of removing the tags or their unwillingness to negotiate. I usually never make a big fuss over prices, but this dress was out of my budget and Annik was willing to lose a sale in order to charge the full price, while other salons have offered discounts of 10 to 30 % without being asked to do so.

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I really enjoyed the service that Inna my bridal consultant provided and thought the dresses were lovely. I would recommend requesting Inna for your bridal appointment.

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★★★★☆

I really enjoyed the service that Inna my bridal consultant provided and thought the dresses were lovely. I would recommend requesting Inna for your bridal appointment.

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Dresses were lovely, salesperson, not so much. Does anyone answer the phone. They charge your credit card right away, but I can't seem to get a refund that quickly.

3
★★★☆☆

Dresses were lovely, salesperson, not so much. Does anyone answer the phone. They charge your credit card right away, but I can't seem to get a refund that quickly.

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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!!!

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★★★★★

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!!!

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I am a bride and had a horrible experience with this store and would tell all brides and bridesmaids to STAY AWAY!! A bridesmaid of mine went to the store and was not allowed to try on the dress that she was interested in, because she wasn't necessarily purchasing it through them. She was treated horribly by the rude, snobby, MEAN women who work there, causing her to think that she had done something wrong, when in fact it was their disgusting behavior and utter disregard for customer service that was the problem. Claire Dratch will never get my business again. Don't let anyone that you know get treated this way. Definitely shop elsewhere and stay away from Claire Dratch!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I am a bride and had a horrible experience with this store and would tell all brides and bridesmaids to STAY AWAY!! A bridesmaid of mine went to the store and was not allowed to try on the dress that she was interested in, because she wasn't necessarily purchasing it through them. She was treated horribly by the rude, snobby, MEAN women who work there, causing her to think that she had done something wrong, when in fact it was their disgusting behavior and utter disregard for customer service that was the problem. Claire Dratch will never get my business again. Don't let anyone that you know get treated this way. Definitely shop elsewhere and stay away from Claire Dratch!!

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My mother had bought her bridal gown from Claire Dratch and had always raved about how wonderful her experience was and how beautiful the dresses were.Naturally, I wanted the same experience so I came to Claire Dratch. Absolutely awful. My mother (who walks with a cane) could not go up the stairs to see me try on dresses as there is no handicapped access. The saleswoman was pushy and rude and kept barging in on me. The prices are much higher than other bridal shops and you get treated alot worse. Bad experience and would never recommend to anyone!

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★☆☆☆☆

My mother had bought her bridal gown from Claire Dratch and had always raved about how wonderful her experience was and how beautiful the dresses were.Naturally, I wanted the same experience so I came to Claire Dratch. Absolutely awful. My mother (who walks with a cane) could not go up the stairs to see me try on dresses as there is no handicapped access. The saleswoman was pushy and rude and kept barging in on me. The prices are much higher than other bridal shops and you get treated alot worse. Bad experience and would never recommend to anyone!

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I just recently ordered my prom dress from Claire Dratch and it was a good experience for me. The women there were all willing to help me, and they did a very good job. I was pleased at how fast and accurate they were. They found the dress, measured, and ordered it for me, all in thirty minutes. I was very please with my experience at Claire Dratch.

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★★★★☆

I just recently ordered my prom dress from Claire Dratch and it was a good experience for me. The women there were all willing to help me, and they did a very good job. I was pleased at how fast and accurate they were. They found the dress, measured, and ordered it for me, all in thirty minutes. I was very please with my experience at Claire Dratch.

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I visited this store to look for my wedding gown but was extremely disappointed with the customer service and their bridal gowns. The saleswoman I worked with was extremely snooty and rude. Her behavior was so appauling that I left after about 5 minutes. Although I did not get to see too many of their bridal gowns, those that were shown to me were obviously over-priced and not made from very good fabric. I regret wasting 75 cents in meter-money on this visit. It was definitely a waste of time and money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I visited this store to look for my wedding gown but was extremely disappointed with the customer service and their bridal gowns. The saleswoman I worked with was extremely snooty and rude. Her behavior was so appauling that I left after about 5 minutes. Although I did not get to see too many of their bridal gowns, those that were shown to me were obviously over-priced and not made from very good fabric. I regret wasting 75 cents in meter-money on this visit. It was definitely a waste of time and money.

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After my sending measurements for several bridesmaids, they dropped the ball on 5 dresses. They are rude and not helping any bridesmaids who are out of state, since their dresses were shipped and all incorrect. They are a disaster and will only add frustration to your life. Do not walk, RUN from them!!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

After my sending measurements for several bridesmaids, they dropped the ball on 5 dresses. They are rude and not helping any bridesmaids who are out of state, since their dresses were shipped and all incorrect. They are a disaster and will only add frustration to your life. Do not walk, RUN from them!!!!!!!!!

Pros: NONE

Cons: EVERYTHING

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I have never been so humiliated or disappointed in a place with such a high reputation. At my second fitting for my bridesmaid's gown the salesperson at Claire Dratch commented that I had put on a lot of weight and then proceeded to instruct me to not eat any bread between the time of the fitting and the wedding I was to be in...I am 5'8" and have never weighed more than 140lbs. In addition, a friend of mine who went to try on wedding gowns was admonished by the sales staff and told to go on a diet plan before the wedding. I would highly recommend, if you do not want your self esteem torn to shreds, that you avoid Claire Dratch at all costs. Who would want to pay thousands of dollars to a store where the staff humiliates you?

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★☆☆☆☆

I have never been so humiliated or disappointed in a place with such a high reputation. At my second fitting for my bridesmaid's gown the salesperson at Claire Dratch commented that I had put on a lot of weight and then proceeded to instruct me to not eat any bread between the time of the fitting and the wedding I was to be in...I am 5'8" and have never weighed more than 140lbs. In addition, a friend of mine who went to try on wedding gowns was admonished by the sales staff and told to go on a diet plan before the wedding. I would highly recommend, if you do not want your self esteem torn to shreds, that you avoid Claire Dratch at all costs. Who would want to pay thousands of dollars to a store where the staff humiliates you?

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I came here to get a bridesmaid's dress for a friend's wedding. Since she had already chosen the dress, I just had to try it on, get my measurements taken, and pay. The woman who helped me was very unfriendly. She had me order a VERY large size (which was more expensive) because of my measurements and then I had to pay extra to get it MAJORLY altered.

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★★★☆☆

I came here to get a bridesmaid's dress for a friend's wedding. Since she had already chosen the dress, I just had to try it on, get my measurements taken, and pay. The woman who helped me was very unfriendly. She had me order a VERY large size (which was more expensive) because of my measurements and then I had to pay extra to get it MAJORLY altered.

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Claire Dratch has a nice selection of designer bridal gowns and an even larger selection of bridesmaid and mother of the bride dresses. The sales associates are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Their prices are higher than your average bridal shop but in line with other designer gown retailers.

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★★★★★

Claire Dratch has a nice selection of designer bridal gowns and an even larger selection of bridesmaid and mother of the bride dresses. The sales associates are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Their prices are higher than your average bridal shop but in line with other designer gown retailers.

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