Count Down #8 & #9– Looking for Glam and Fashion to wear this Holiday Season

The eighth and ninth stop on Aileen’s Count Down to the Holidays! is with Susie Duboe Bryant, owner of Hinsdale Furriers and Formally Hers in Hinsdale, IL.

Looking for something to spruce up your wardrobe? Going to another Holiday party but your one little black dress has been worn time and time again? Want to find something rare and warm that no else has?  Then head on over to Hinsdale Furriers and Formally Hers, here you will find an outfit for your next special event, without breaking the bank. 

A few months back my niece was in need of a gown for a pageant and after countless hours of shopping and trying on gown after gown at bridal stores she wasn’t able to find anything trendy yet eloquent.  I told her about Formally Hers and at first she was hesitant, but she gave it a shot. The first dress she saw and tried on she fell in love with.  It was the perfect color for her, trendy for her age with a taste of eloquence.

On this stop I hope you enjoy your experience with Susie’s stores just as much as my family has.


What inspired you to start your businesses?
Hinsdale Furriers is truly a family owned and operated business that has been located in Hinsdale, IL since 1952 and is currently owned by third generation owner, Susie Duboe Bryant.

In 1927, Susie’s grandfather began a furrier business in the State & Lake Building in Chicago.  Her father brought the business to Hinsdale in 1952 and Susie took ownership in 1982. The shop is currently managed by the fourth generation of the family, Melissa Waters.

Can you describe your store as if I knew nothing about it or the market?
Hinsdale Furriers is a full service furrier offering onsite cleaning, glazing, storage, repairs, remodeling, alterations and appraisals for furs.  They take great care with each and every garment that is brought into Hinsdale Furriers, making sure it stays in the best condition possible for as long as possible.

Hinsdale Furriers offers a large selection of new furs and shearlings at competitive prices.  Often times if they do not have exactly what you are looking for, they can order or make it for you.

They also have a section of the store called “This Old Fur” where they take gently used furs on consignment and sell them at unbelievably affordable prices.


What’s one big thing you want people to take away from when they visit your stores?
The atmosphere at Hinsdale Furriers is friendly and honest.  We hope that people leave us with a sense of trust and warmth.  We try to educate our customers so that they can make the best decisions possible for themselves.  We provide an honest opinion along with quality products.  It’s our excellent customer service that sets us apart from the rest.


What inspired you to start your businesses?
Since we started the “This Old Fur” section at Hinsdale Furriers – where we take used furs on consignment – customers began asking us where they could consign the gorgeous gowns that they only wear once on special occasions.  This planted the idea to start our own business of consignment formal wear, now cleverly called Formally Hers. We really owe the Hinsdale Furriers’ customers for coming up with the idea.

Can you describe the store as if I knew nothing about it or the market?
Formally Hers is an upscale consignment boutique located in downtown Hinsdale.  We accept formal gowns, cocktail dresses, prom dresses, fancy separates, shoes and evening bags on consignment.  All garments are in ready-to-wear condition.  We have many designer labels available at a fraction of the retail price.  Formally Hers benefits both the consignor and the buyer.  When items are brought to Formally Hers, they must already be cleaned and on hangers.  When we sell garments, the consignor receives a check for 50% of the selling price and the buyer receives a gorgeous, often times one-of-a-kind, outfit for their next special event, without breaking the bank.

What’s one big thing you want people to take away from when they visit your stores?
We pride ourselves on our boutique-like look and feel.  Many customers are shocked to discover that we are actually a consignment shop.  Our showroom is clean and beautiful and does not have that “consignment shop smell”.  People are also amazed at our fantastic prices.

Contact Information:

Hinsdale Furriers  &  Formally Hers
33 E 1st Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521                                                                                                                        Facebook Fan Page
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