With bridal season flourishing and prom season on the horizon, there’s no better time to launch an occasion-wear boutique than right now.

Catering to a whole host of brides-to-be, bridesmaids, prom-goers searching for the perfect dress for an event or celebration, Dressi offers an extensive range of gowns for any occasion.

The e-commerce retailer, founded by local entrepreneur Julie Blackie, opened its doors to family and friends on Friday 9 March on Salters Road in Gosforth for an exclusive launch event.

Accompanied by bubbles and a soundtrack from the eighties through to today’s chart toppers pumping through the new store, guests sifted through rails of stunning gowns and tried on a selection of shoes and accessories to get a feel for what the Dressi girl can expect.

Whether you love the glitz and glamour of sequins, show-stopping necklines and intricate detail, eye-catching colours or whether monochrome and stripping back to basics is more your style, there’s something for everyone in the boutique located just off Gosforth high street.

“We wanted to open a store as we noticed customers still want to have the boutique experience,” explains Dressi’s manager, Rio Beadie, a former fashion journalism graduate of the University of Sunderland.

“With any big occasion, the dress has to be perfect, so having a specialist on hand to help with enquiries in person is something special and you can’t get it online.

“Our range is split into bridal, bridesmaid, prom and party. We’re affordable, on-trend and stock every colour. We also stock shoes, bags and additional extras such as veils and hen party t-shirts.”

With an exclusive dressing room area, a sparkling chandelier and dusty pink furnishings, the boutique oozes a plush, pretty, warm and comfortable feel complete with friendly staff.

“The Dressi boutique experience is something that is not available on the high-street,” adds Rio.

“You can come in-store without an appointment or if you want an allocated, private appointment then that can be arranged also. We want to create a relaxed and comfortable environment.”

You can browse the Dressi collections online at dressi.co.uk or visit their brand new boutique on 149 Salters Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1DU