Chevy Chase Bridal Holds Liquidation Sale
The legendary Friendship Heights wedding dress boutique will close in October.
It's the end of an era in Friendship Heights: Chevy Chase Bridal—the only remnant of the legendary Harriet Kassman high-fashion boutique that closed in 2009 after more than 30 years of dressing Washington's socialistas—is holding its going-out-of-business sale.
The liquidation sale starts on Friday, Aug. 17, and doors will close in October, Barbara Martin, a store spokesperson, told Patch.
Closing sale discounts will start at 30 to 50 percent, and will get bigger as the closing date approaches. The entire inventory—bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses, veils and eveningwear—will be sold, according to a store statement. Wedding dress prices start at $199.
Designers include: Anne Bowen, Badgley Mischka, Douglas Hannant, Justin Alexander, Mark & James, Pattis Bridal, Legends by Romona Keveza, Rosa Clara, Simone Carvalli, Stephen Yearick, Ugo Zaldi and YSA Makino. Bridesmaid dress designers include: Jim Hjelm Occasions, Simone Carvalli and Siri.
Chevy Chase Bridal—located on the second floor of the Mazza Gallerie, at 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC—originally started out as the Harriet Kassman boutique, founded by Harriet Kassman, who died earlier this year.
Kassman ran her boutique store in Friendship Heights (first on Jenifer Street NW and then in the Mazza Gallerie) from 1977 until she retired in 2009. The Harriet Kassman boutique was known as the place to go for a special dress, which Kassman would help a customer to select, and which would be custom fit by one of the store's full-time seamstresses, reported The Washington Post when the Harriet Kassman boutique held its final going-out-of-business sale in 2009.
The Harriet Kassman boutique could not withstand the recession, but Kassman's bridal gown salon, which was adjacent to the boutique, was kept open by her son and business manager, Nick Kassman, as Chevy Chase Bridal.