Contributed by Michelle Williams
Pine floors, and space to browse around without bumping into crowded racks are some of the best features about the atmosphere at Anne Hung. But the best part of the store for me (besides the clothes) is that it's size friendly. It isn't sized in s, m, l and xl or even from size 0-14. Anne Hung fashions are in Anne Hung sizes from 0-5 where a 0 is 3/4 and 5 is a 13/14.
Yes, I am definitely feeling Anne Hung and not just the store but the owner. I recently walked into the store, the first customer on a Saturday morning, and started small talking with the staff and found out that I was talking to Anne Hung herself. The Ryerson grad has been a designer for over 13 years and her shop on Queen Street West has been open for the past 5 years. She designs dresses and sportswear but her store is currently offering dresses exclusively. Bridesmaid, prom and formal dresses were displayed throughout the two floor store. Anne Hung also offers alterations on her dresses and gowns.
Its black, red and white decor make the store look chic. All the dresses are Anne Hung and come in an assortment of colours. The prices range from $100-$300 plus. I found some very cute summer dresses (perfect to wear for a wedding) as well as very sophisticated gowns.
The staff is laid back yet knowledgeable. I know how much people hate a pushy sales person especially in a boutique where you haven't been in before but that was not how it was at Anne Hung. I was able to walk around and see the different dresses without feeling pressure to buy or even try on anything but I knew if I need assistance I would be able to get some promptly.
Overall, the fact that Anne Hung specializes in dresses makes me confident that there isn't an occasion that I couldn't find a dress for inside there. It was also cool to shoot the breeze with Anne Hung and find out about her designs. She is very experienced, having worked in New York and having her creations purchased in Tokyo and Beijing for retail. She has been in the fashion realm before the opening of her store in 2002 and is now a lecturer at Ryerson.