HuminskaJanice Huminska opened her charming little dress shop doors in 2001, but has been designing apparel and accessories out of pure need (she towered over her peers) and love since childhood. Huminska started as a custom milliner.  In the 80’s she sold her hats to shops around town and on the street.  She apprenticed at Roth Imports with darling ladies who had been making hats since the 1940’s and 50’s, chatting up a storm and learning all the secrets of the trade.  After a little over a decade of selling her own line nationwide, and including shops like Barneys, Bendels, Nordstrom, Fred Segal et al, and adorning stars for shows and weddings, like Helen Gurley Brown, LL Cool J, Ricky Lake she decided to move on to dresses. 

Relying on word of mouth she has garnered a following that stays true blue with her… dressing  everyone  from the waif to the full figured gal, in her  20’s to 60’s. 

“I do like to make a hat now and again for fun, and display them therein as well along with a few choice purses and a shoe line from time to time,  which serve more as props, since the dresses are all anyone sees when they enter the shop.”

Store Location

315 East 9th st between 1st and 2nd aves… and my studio is greenpoint, brooklyn


All dresses are handmade in NYC, sold off the rack, need no alterations per the perfect fit, and are in limited editions.

Price Point

$325-$995 per dress 


Janice Huminska

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