Where Dallas’ Hottest Designers Shop

Local fashion designer William Reid reveals his six favorite boutiques.

DALLAS FASHION DESIGNER WILLIAM ReID HAS BEEN BUSY. IN two short years, he has received national attention. The exclusive Fred Segal and Saks Fifth Avenues nationwide carry his creations. Locally his designs can be found at one of D’s favorite boutiques. Forty Five Ten. Not bad for a local boy who began his career at Stanley Korshak.

Reid made his debut in the spring of 1998 with a 40-piece men’s collection. For the first three seasons, Reid focused on classic men’s clothing with a modern twist. But the line had such a unisex appeal that women started buying his clothes, too. Now, Reid is creating a women’s collection for fall 2000, and the result are clothes that are sexy and feminine. For example, he might mix a men’s suiting stripe trouser with a delicate transparent chiffon blouse. Reid’s line for men and women is classic chic with an off-beat attitude. What’s his secret? “Each fabric I select has to be interesting,” says the designer.


This quaint vintage shop off McKinney Avenue on BolL Street is hidden in a two-story house that looks like it should be in Bar Harbor, Maine. But don’t worry about missing it; the owner always has unique clothes hanging from the beams of the covered porch. Like so many designers who love to research how garments were made, Reid admits, “I love vintage shopping. Usually when you go, the shops are so unorganized that it’s hard to find the good stuff. Ahab doesn’t have a lot of clothes, but what they do have is the right vintage fashion.” 2416 Boll Si.


IF YOU LOVE ART DECO, YOU’LL LOVE ARTIFACTS. THE OWNERS AND stoic buyers scour Europe frequently for the very finest art deco pieces-from ashtrays, antiques, and sculptures to sconces and other hard-to-rind objects. 1525 Turtle Creek Blvd.


This vintage fashion store has the tidiness of a “real” shop, with great ’70s apparel. Rag Wear is known for its quirky mannequins dressed in unusual and fun get-ups. 2000 Greenville Ave.

Reid’s women’s collection will be in stores this August, and he also has plans to expand his lines with leather, sweaters, and accessories- including shoes. The William Reid Boutique is slated to open in 2001 in New York City, but hopefully he won’t forget to add his hometown to the list.

We caught up with Reid, one of fashion’s most promising rising stars, to ask him about his favorite shops in Dallas. If anyone would know where the hot spots are. it’s Reid, who has seen every retail store and bou-tique in the country.


The Voyager Trading Co. is located in the heart of the arts district-Deep Ellum-and is known for its eclectic finds. “They really search South America for unique pieces and display them in a beautiful environment at great prices.” says Reid. 2550 Elm St.


Reid views this upscale boutique in Crescent Court as one of the highest quality. “Korshak carries an array of designer fashions for men and women,” he says. “This is a can’t miss. I see a lot of retail stores [while] traveling, and Stanley [Korshak] is one of the finest and the service is impeccable.” 500 Crescent Ct.


Don’t let the gardening-shop facade fool you; Sticks & Stones is a real gem. Not only does this shop off Henderson Avenue carry a lot more than azaleas and zinnias, but they also have every knick-knack imaginable for your home and patio. When we asked Reid about his favorite shops. Sticks & Stones was the first that came to mind. That says it all. 5016 Miller Ave.


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