timberland female boots Annabelinda dress shop to close as owner retires
The three story building not only houses Mrs O’Hanlon’s collection but is also where the dresses are designed and handmade. The walls are covered with examples of her designs from fashion shoots taken over the years.
Colleague Charlotte Evans said “Since announcing the closure, our phones haven’t stopped ringing with customers requesting orders.”
At the time, the new business was featured in the Oxford Mail, when Mrs O’Hanlon said she wanted to establish “a pleasant place where people feel they can just look”.
Mrs O’Hanlon grew up in Kent and studied geography at St Anne’s College in Oxford.
After making clothes for friends and tutors she took up freelance dressmaking when she graduated after being taught by her mother.
AnnaBelinda began life in 1970, in Park End Street before moving to Gloucester Green.
Shortly after, Ms Woodhead left the business to move to Italy with her partner.
AnnaBelinda employs about 11 people and has stuck to its distinctive style, ranging from tea dresses to flamboyant ballgowns and wedding dresses amid the emergence of mini skirts and power suits.