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We first opened Molly Browns in 2008 at 62-68, Low Petergate in York next to L.K. Bennett and Paul Smith, selling gifts, jewellery and a small selection of evening dresses. As a boutique with very unique and elaborate table displays we quickly developed a name for ourselves and in response to increased demand we opened a second and much larger shop in 2010 next to Joe Malone and Mulberry Hall at 27, Stonegate, one of York’s busiest high streets.
We expanded our selection of giftware and jewellery and introduced new lines of daywear including feminine day dresses, lace cardigans and jackets as well as diamante heels and sandals, clutch bags, handbags and other accessories on the shop floor. We also increased our range of dresses to include prom, evening, cocktail and party dresses and began to stock big named brand designers including Sherri Hill, Jovani, La Femme, Mac Duggal, Tony Bowls, Forever Unique, Terani Couture, Tarik Ediz as well as both Paparazzi and Sticks & Stones by Mori Lee. We are now one of the largest retailers of prom and evening dresses in Yorkshire, and indeed the UK.
In 2012 we took one step further and introduced a collection of designer wedding dresses by Farage Paris, Diane Legrand, Tarik Ediz and Mori Lee Bridal in our Stonegate branch, complimented by a variety of new satin and lace wedding shoes and a selection of wedding jewellery embellished with Swarovski crystal and fresh water pearls. We also began to stock a diverse range of wedding gifts and accessories such as wedding garters, wedding frames and wedding guest books.
The following year in 2013 we refurbished our Low Petergate branch and changed its focus to Mother of the Bride. We introduced a range of dresses and dress suits suitable for the Mother of the Bride and Groom designed by Irresistible, Teresa Ripoll, Nati Jimenez, Carla Ruiz, Sonia Pena, Gino Cerutti and Social Occasions by Mon Cheri. In 2014 we introduced designer collections by John Charles, Condici and Ispirato. To match and make the perfect wedding outfit we also introduced a collection of wedding hats, fascinators, shoes, bags and jewellery. In our Low Petergate branch we also offered a range of race dresses, hats and fascinators suitable for Ebor and the Ascot races.
At the beginning of 2015 and after a very busy start to prom and wedding season we realised that space was still an issue and so we decided to take one step further and open a new branch at 21a, Stonegate in April. We relocated Mother of the Bride from our Low Petergate York branch to this much larger and impressive building full of character with old beam features, higgledy piggledy rooms, a mezzanine balcony, big chandeliers and ornate mirrors. To free more space for prom and evening dresses in our 27, Stonegate branch we decided to also relocate our collection of wedding dresses to 21a, Stonegate, which is now housed in its own private room along with a selection of wedding shoes, wedding veils, jewellery and accessories under the same roof as Mother of the Bride. We kept our original Low Petergate branch and transformed it into a luxurious accessories shop, offering a range of jewellery, silk scarves, hats, fascinators, embellished bags, sandals and sunglasses, still in-keeping with Molly Browns and the Molly Browns look.
For the next few years, we have proudly introduced a wide range of designers into our collection of ladieswear in York. These have included breath-taking wedding dresses from Maggie Sottero, Allure Bridals, Ladybird, Ellis Bridals, Martin Thornburg, Ronald Joyce and Olvi's Lace as well as elegant new outfits for the Mother of the Bride or Groom from designers such as Gabriela Sanchez, Ann Balon, Fely Campo, Ian Stuart and Ronald Joyce's Veni Infantino collection. Our Prom and Evening dress selection has been joined by Angel Forever, Tarik Ediz and Eleni Elias and our beautiful range of Occasion Wear, seasonal Daywear and Holiday Shop collections have grown into a whole Ladieswear category of their own, with stunning clothing from Joseph Ribkoff, Gina Bacconi, Diane Freis and Miss June.
As a family-run business with a focus on exceptional customer and after sales service everyone who shops with us can enjoy the attention they deserve both in-store and online. We are proud to cater to women all across the Yorkshire area and the North of England, including Harrogate, Sheffield, Leeds, Hull and Bradford, as well as the rest of the UK and offering international delivery.
Molly Browns - Prom, Evening & Wedding Dresses. 27, Stonegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AW.
Tel: 01904 289171
Molly Browns - Mother Of The Bride Outfits & Occasion Dresses. 21a, Stonegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8AW.
Tel: 01904 848778
Molly Browns - Accessories. 62-68, Low Petergate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7HZ.
Tel: 01904 624182
Opening Times: Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 5:30. Saturday: 10:00 - 6:00. Sunday: 11:00 - 5:00.