In the bustling heart of Islip, Long Island, a quaint yet elegant boutique named Adrienne’s of Paris emerged in the 1950s. Founded by the talented Parisian fashion designer, Adrienne Kranz, this charming salon swiftly became a beacon for bridal elegance, offering an exquisite selection of custom-made bridal, evening, and mother-of-the-bride/groom dresses.
As the years passed, Adrienne's passion and expertise were seamlessly transferred to her European protégée, Waltread Berdimurat. Known fondly as Walli, and affectionately called "Adrienne" by her loyal clientele, she ran the boutique for two decades.
Upon Walli's retirement in 1990, the mantle of leadership was passed to the skilled hands of Maryann Greco, a young and ambitious dress designer who responded to an advertisement in Women's Wear Daily. Under Maryann's stewardship, Adrienne’s not only maintained its legacy but flourished.
In 1998, a significant chapter unfolded as the boutique relocated to a beautifully restored historic landmark, an architectural gem built in 1865 by the notable Halsey family. This new location, standing proudly across from the Islip Town Hall, became a landmark in its own right.
The turn of the millennium saw further expansion. The business grew to include the Carriage House on the property, endearingly referred to as “The Maids Cottage,” dedicated to bridesmaids' attire.
Maryann's daughter, Gina, having been immersed in the family business from a young age, brought a fresh perspective after her tenure at Vera Wang. In 2023, she championed the idea of a second location in Manhattan, catering to the budget-conscious yet discerning NYC professional bride. The pilot shop at 155 Orchard St. rapidly expanded, soon encompassing the building across the street at 156 Orchard St.
Due to the late 2000s economic downturn, coupled with personal loss, Maryann had to make a difficult decision. Recognizing the demographic shift and urban migration trends, she consolidated the business in 2010 to just the Orchard Street locations in Manhattan. In 2012, she merged the two shops into a larger space at 134 Orchard St.
In May 2022, seeking a new location, Adrienne’s moved uptown to 140 West 36th St., nestled between Broadway and 7th Avenue. Here, in this vibrant and accessible location, the legacy of Adrienne’s bridal elegance continues to thrive, blending Old New York with contemporary style.