Anna Maier~Ulla-Maija Couture
32 W. 39th St.
Clients travel from around the world (and pay a sizable fee, no less) to enter this wedding-gown showroom. But it may be worth it: Charles W. Bunstine II, former president of Barneys New York and Ulla-Maija’s head designer, promises not to let a bride leave without a perfectly fitted wedding dress. Although the brand sells in Bergdorf Goodman and Saks, those stores are limited in what designs they can offer; this private, spacious showroom holds all of the brand’s available dresses (two collections are produced each year, and the most popular dresses are always in production). The dresses are classic, white styles—some strapless, some big-trained—made from the same imported fabrics as the Hermès and Valentino lines. Because of the showroom fee, clients should know they love the brand’s sensibility before visiting, but only at this showroom (which is also where all the gowns are made) can brides receive a guaranteed three fittings with the design team and special alterations such as buildups for more coverage, straps, jackets, and adjustments to volume, draping, and angles.