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Dallas Shops!

We’re total suckers for a retail jaunt because, frankly, Dallas has the best shopping in the world. And it’s the locally owned businesses that make our shopping landscape special. From out-of-this-world chic to down-to-earth coo
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Dallas Shops!

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If shopping were an Olympic sport, no doubt a Dallas team would win the gold. For many months of the year, it’s just too dang hot to do something outdoors. So to the malls we go-where all the clothes and shoes and other lovely items that we never knew we always wanted await us in air-conditioned heaven. Of course, the other reason we Dallasites are suckers for a shopping spree is because we have the best stores in the world. Neiman Marcus, the standard by which all other luxury retailers are judged, was born here. But it’s the mom-and-pop shops, the locally owned businesses, that make our shopping landscape truly special. So get out your Mapscos (we’ve already figured out the coordinates). From out-of-this-world chic to down-to-earth cool, these stores have the best goods in town.

Women’s Fashion

Angie Amadi. Every woman can find something in this shop that carries the perfect mix of attention-grabbing pieces and subdued options. Amadi buys the best of office-ready Poleci every season, Yanük jeans, tops by Vince, and beautiful evening picks by Vera Wang. 53 Highland Park Village. 214-559-4050. 35K

Avant. After more than two decades on Greenville Avenue, this shop is still going strong and is the place to get your dress on-literally. Special-occasion dresses are the draw here, including flirty and frilly Betsey Johnson and chic BCBG. In the back, find trendy tops and jeans by Grail and Allen B. 2716 Greenville Ave. 214-824-0260. 36T

Bella Bella. Shop for wardrobe staples such as Three Dots tees and Rock and Republic jeans. For the requisite girls’ night out, browse the stellar selection of slim-fitting party dresses. What else we love: it’s connected to Milan, so more shopping is right next door. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 304. 214-528-6677. 35Y

Betty Reiter. Who better than a chic Parisian to own a stylish clothing boutique? Reiter’s innate French style is represented well in the classic lines carried here. Beautifully produced Krizia, suede and leather by Chester, Les Copains, and Yeohlee are top sellers here. Nancy Gonzalez bags are still big for fall ’05, as well as accessories by Jose and Maria Berrera. Plaza at Preston Center, 4030 Villanova St. 214-373-9990. 25X

Blinc. If you haven’t been, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the very hip Shops at Legacy outdoor shopping center where this store resides. Top 40 tunes blast from the ceiling and get you in the mood for trying on Old Man River spare change belts, 2 B Free loungewear, Denim for Immortality, and Primp casual skirts and shirts. Shops at Legacy, 7201 Bishop Rd., Ste. E12, Plano. 972-378-9600. 555R

Cotton Island. This is a starter boutique for HP tweens. Juicy Couture, retro concert tees by Trunk, and bleach-splattered shirts by Grail are hot picks, while celeb fave True Religion rules the denim selection, with Seven, Hudson, and Rock and Republic rounding out the collection. 6601B Hillcrest Ave. 214-373-1085; 1900 Preston Rd., Ste. 258, Plano. 972-769-1085. www.cottonisland.com. 35H, 656U

Counter Culture. The second outpost of this groovy boutique is giving Urban Outfitters a run for its money. This indie spot is the real deal when it comes to mixing vintage with new. Its heavily edited selection of vintage finds blends well with more contemporary lines, such as denim by Serfontaine and Farmer; graphic-driven structured jackets and pencil skirts by OK47; Von Zipper sunglasses; and Particle, CC’s private line of reworked, already worn frocks. Mockingbird Station, 5331 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 110. 214-698-0117. www.counterculturestore.com. 36J

Cowboy Cool. Country goes very cool at this Western-chic hot spot. Snatch up bedazzled long-sleeved Western shirts by Frankie B. For something a little unconventional, put your plastic down for a Don Ed Hardy tattoo tee. Always in stock: Parasuco denim. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 407. 214-521-4500. 35Y

Crimson and the City. Owner Stefani Shultz had her work cut out for her, bringing lines to Big D that no one else had. But she’s done it. This fall, look for handcrafted Lillith Hiver skirts, Italian-made Jane August handbags, Citrine dresses, and Jarbo washed leather Cinderella skirts. 1514 Commerce St. 214-655-2811. 45Q

Elements. Connie Sigel’s groovy mix of clothing styles pleases both the cool Highland Park mom and her clothes-snubbing daughter-quite a feat. Sigel has imported English designers like Temperley London and Frost French, as well as other Euro imports like Just Cavalli, D&G, and Allegra Hicks. 4400
Lovers Ln. 214-987-0837. www.elementsclothing.com. 35A

Emeralds to Coconuts. You’ll have a tough time deciding which linen outfit from Flax and Mosiac you’ll want to live in. The whole front of the store is dedicated to easy-to-wear linen dresses, skirts, tops, and pants. Also a favorite: long prairie-style skirts that the store has had in stock for years-way before they were cool-that go perfectly with beaded Indian leather flats. 2730 N. Henderson Ave. 214-823-3620. 35V

AFFORDABLE STYLE: Find darling designs that won’t dent your pocketbook at Flirt.
Flirt. Good friends and business partners Kelly Elliott and Ashley Williams make it work at their new Uptown boutique. Exciting lines for fall that won’t get you in trouble with your bank account include fitted velvet blazers in turquoise and winter white by Debbie Shuchat, Central Park West bolero sweaters and dresses that can transition into holiday, and Tag lightweight cords. Be sure to sign up for e-mail notifications and receive special discounts and trunk show info. 2633 McKinney Ave. 214-754-7001. 45F

Forty Five Ten. Intellectual fashion fiends shop here for the likes of Rick Owens, Commes de Garcons, Marni, Stella McCartney, and de rigueur Proenza Schouler. The store also carries an eclectic mix of unique home accessories, such as mother-of-pearl spoons; paper-thin, mouth-blown drinking glasses; and pewter tableware by Match. 4510 McKinney Ave. 214-559-4510. 35V

The Glass Slipper.  Shop one of two fabulous locations of this boutique with a boudoir-like feel. Ladies who love being girls get giddy over the matching Nanette Lepore suits, pants by How and Wen, and skirts and tees made from t-shirt cotton by Ella Moss. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave. 214-526-2115; Southlake Town Square, 121 Grand Ave., Southlake. 817-329-0585. 35Y, 26G

Goodnight Moon/Lilly Pulitzer. Feel the East Coast vibe at this store when you scoop up lightweight v-neck sweaters in bright candy colors, printed cotton shift dresses in perfectly conservative knee lengths, and girlish belts made from grosgrain ribbon. 207 Preston Royal Village. 214-691-9393. www.gnmdallas.com. 25F

The Graye Concept. UNT grad Jennifer Madden has made her flagship store a well-stocked enclave for Petit Bateau tees, Molly B embellished denim jackets, New Scotland cozy knits, and jeans by Cambio. Also shop for her eponymous line of comfy shoes with colorful, unexpected flare. Plaza at Preston Center, 8314 Preston Center Plaza. 214-750-7463. www.graye.com. 25X

Gregory’s. Essentials for the international jet set can be bought at this North Dallas favorite. Specialties include red-carpet-worthy finds such as a Roberto Cavalli flesh-baring chiffon blouses and floor-length and cocktail dresses, as well as D Squared pants and tops with lots of bold colors and patterns. Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 365. 972-490-1285. 14R

H.D.’s Women’s. Dedicated to mostly European imports, this shop is for those who want to foster individuality. Brilliant blouses and tops with every kind of embellishment you can fathom work double time as clothing and accessories, while its well-known selection of Diesel keeps everything below the waist simple. 3014 Greenville Ave. 214-821-8900. www.hdsclothing.com. 36P

Jean Connection. The list of designer denim labels at this hot spot will make any jeans aficionado swoon. True Religion, Seven, Hudson, Hard Tail, Diesel, and Serfontaine have trendsters tricked out. Complete your ensemble with Free People button-downs and Three Dots cotton tees. Also to love: the new 600-square-foot section dedicated solely to kiddos. 5926 W. Northwest Hwy. 214-691-7894. www.jeanconnection.com. 25T

Krimson & Klover. Pop in this fall for coveted embroidered blazers by Joystick, People of the World jeans with hand-embroidered pockets and side seams, and French line American Retro. Be sure to say hello to textile designer Brooke Rydman. Her in-house studio door is always open to guests who want to watch her loom her handcrafted silk scarves. 3111 Cole Ave. 214-871-2334. www.krimsonandklover.com. 45B

Mary Nash. Get treated like a princess by any of the incredible salesladies at this mainstay in Inwood Village. They’ll show you all the best things to buy, like novelty jackets by Redd and Vorazoni that go smashingly with flying-off-the-shelves Vanilia all-stretch denim. This is also one of the only shops in town that specialize in sizes 4 to 20. 5550 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 163. 214-352-2603. 34D

MaryBeth. When you’re desperate for wardrobe staples, like basic black tees or white button-down shirts, put MaryBeth at the top of your shopping list. You’ll always walk away with something in your shopping bag, including Nally and Milie classic tops and embellished purses and shirts by Prashe. 4254 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-522-8444. 35T

Mesho. Jeans by Frankie B. and Allen B. reign supreme at this trendy spot, a favorite of SMU sorority girls. Polish off your ensemble with a Disney Couture cotton tee or mesh metal oversize tote. New to the mix are shoes by Seychelles, Chinese Laundry, and BCBGirls. Mockingbird Station, 5331 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 125. 214-827-4600. 36J

Milan. After picking up your Anne Klein shoes at Bella Bella, pop in next door to its sister boutique. Here you will find more serious treasures. Peruse racks with shirts by Hale Bob, mesh stretch tops by Sweet Pea, and pants by Frankie B. and Hype. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 305. 214-521-1133. 35Y

Movida. Budget-conscious girls love to shop Movida’s contemporary mix of denim from the likes of Big Star, James, and Seven. BCBGirls is the newest line of separates added to the mix, and it hangs alongside To the Maxx and Miss Me sparkly tops that beg to be paired with designer jeans. Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 130. 214-821-8669. 36J

Octane. Due to swift business, this Dallas favorite had to move to bigger digs. Check out the new space, which houses separates by Wash, Edun, Anna Sui, Ben Sherman for women, and Zooey tees. Also on the racks are a grand selection of denim by Chip and Pepper, True Religion, and Y-3 for stylish sports aficionados. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 310. 214-219-3118. 35Y

Off the Shoulder. This shop is our first stop for embroidered blazers by Johnny Was (with a less shocking price tag than you might expect), David Kahn jeans, and Glam beaded boleros. Dioscuri lacquered wood bangles and studded belts by Leather Rock are ideal for autumn. 3001 Knox St.,
Ste. 108. 214-520-1100. 35V

Pamela’s. Proprietor Pamela Cott keeps a good mix of modern-day clothing lines in her cute Coppell boutique. Standard denim by Paige Premium and Citizens of Humanity share space with Sherri Bodell jackets, Gold Hawk blouses and boleros, and new line Ecoganik. Handmade pieces by Jan Barboglio make great, thoughtful gifts. 106 N. Denton Tap Rd., Ste. 330, Coppell. 972-745-1800. 1AS

Premium 93. This is the place where cool, indie girls come to get their fashion fix. Buyer Liz Thompson has stocked the racks with downtown chic Daryl K, Alice Roi (both Dallas exclusives), jersey knits by Pegah Anvarian, deconstructed Wyeth, 12th St. by Cynthia Vincent, United Bamboo, jewelry by Ashley Montgomery, and handbags by Botkier. One thing you won’t find: attitude. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 405. 214-526-2884. 35Y

Rich Hippie. For truly one-of-a-kind pieces, you must see Rich Hippie’s private label reconstructed denim skirts, jeans, and tees. Fabric swatches fashioned into denim make for a funky mix of luxe patchwork pieces. If that’s too boho for you, go rich-girl glam with Sharon Segal’s new line. (Yes, darling, as in Fred’s daughter.) 5350 Lovers Ln., Ste. 127. 214-358-1968. 34D

Spicy II. This A-list shop in busy Snider Plaza has all the right stuff for casual days and nights. A big selection of Tocca, Theory, and James Perse can be bought, but our faves are the Le Tigre blazers and shirts. All the clothes are displayed and coordinated by color, so putting an outfit together is easy. SMU co-eds get a 10 percent discount with their student identification. 6607 Hillcrest Ave., Ste. 101. 214-361-6555. 35H

Stanley Korshak. A killer upscale department store that only exists in Dallas, this iconic shopping emporium always has what Dallas ladies want. Soiree swans find glamorous gowns thanks to the in-store Carolina Herrera boutique, while “it€VbCrLf girls can shop zigzag signature knits by Missoni and cool pieces from Chloé, Nina Ricci, and Valentino. 500 Crescent Ct., Ste. 100. 214-871-3600. www.stanleykorshak.com. 45F

St. Bernard Sports. When you can’t find that elusive Le Tigre polo or Paul Frank skull tee, this is the spot to shop. Frolic through the fall in great finds like Lilly Pulitzer sweaters, Lacoste shirts and hats, Seven and Yanük denim, and resort-ready Roxy. A gigantic selection of James Perse t-shirts is also worth perusal. Inwood Village, 5570 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 388. 214-357-9700. www.stbernardsports.com. 34D

Studio Sebastian’s. Dallas sophisticates flock to this husband-and-wife-owned boutique in Snider Plaza. Kobie and Sebastian Ahmadi carry Dallas exclusives like Anna Molinari and Blugirl; feminine creations from Catherine Malandrino, Jill Stuart, and Mayle; edgy Costume National; and fabulous blouses and dresses from See by Chloé. 6730 Snider Plaza. 214-360-9001. 35H

Sussie’s. Owner Rory Boyd was way ahead of her time when she opened this trendsetting boutique in Frisco 28 years ago (four years in its current location). Loyal clientele regularly come in for the contemporary mix of denim and jackets by Switch; feminine dresses by Milly; matching outfits by Trina Turk, Tracy Reese, and Rebecca Taylor; and hot denim by Red Engine, Hudson, and Yanük. Michael Stars tees are staples. 4760 Preston Rd., Ste. 204, Frisco. 972-335-2792. 456T

Turtletique. Strictly for the lady who takes sophisticated dressing to the extreme, this posh spot keeps businesswomen completely chic in finds like Yansi Fugel and Lafayette 148. Comfortable Fabrizio Gianni trousers in charcoal and khaki are fall essentials. 5550 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 168. 214-350-9393. 34D

Walker Row. Who said the bride is the only one who can shine at a wedding? We love the gorgeously beaded mother-of-the-bride satin and silk dresses and evening gowns in this relatively new boutique in Highland Park Village. California designer Lourdes Chavez supplies WR with divine cocktail dresses, while Max Mara and Christian Lacroix make for delightful casual options. 31 Highland Park Village. 214-373-6866. www.walkerrowdallas.com. 35K

Yaya’s Boutique. Owner Shannon Stone opened this Plano haven a year ago. Thank goodness. It has all things girlie and trendy. You can find a complete outfit, right down to the Cindy Says shoes. We put together a snappy little number-a Future Paradise tunic, FRX jeans (which are made with super-stretch nylon that lifts and shapes), Gerard Yosca baubles, and a pair of JC Acid kicks-and immediately hit the town. Shops at Legacy, 7201 Bishop Rd., Ste. E9., Plano. 972-473-9995. www.yayasboutique.com. 555R

Vintage & Resale

Ahab Bowen. High-waisted pants are back in full force this season. But you don’t need to spend a fortune on this trend. Come by this fashion insider’s paradise for chic finds that button in the middle of your belly. Top them off with a simple tank and one of the many colorful, vintage long strands of beads that are practically required for fall. 2614 Boll St. 214-720-1874. 45B

Artfunkles. Leave it up to the West Village to add a new vintage store to the mix. Packed into this narrow spot are groovy finds by Lacoste, Henri Bendel private label, Halston, Fendi, and Valentino, brought in from LA and New York. A stellar shoe selection means Bruno Magli and YSL heels are always abundant. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. C311. 214-526-5195. 35Y

Clothes Circuit. You never know what you’ll come across here, as new shipments arrive almost daily. One day a sleek and slim pair of contemporary Louis Verdad trousers and Prada wedges will be the ne plus ultra, while the next day a stunning St. John knit and Judith Leiber bag will be the winners. Our advice: call before you go and ask if anything exceptional has just been put on the floor. 6105 Sherry Ln. 214-696-8634. www.clothescircuit.com. 25X

Clotheshorse Anonymous. The varied stock keeps fashion addicts coming back for everything from Chanel to Gucci at this North Dallas consignment store. We regularly dig up business-ready Donna Karan and Calvin Klein and the occasional Valentino floor-length sheath. For everyday wear, Ann Taylor and BCBG take the cake. 1413 Preston Forest Square. 972-233-7005. www.clotheshorseanonymous.com. 15X

Counter Culture. The friendly atmosphere at this expansive store always makes us come back for more. We love to shop the racks of pristine and always clean dresses, skirts, and blouses from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Old Levi’s are the big draw here, so if you’re still in search of a pair of perfectly worn-in jeans, this may be your nirvana. 2707 Main St. 214-698-0117; Mockingbird Station, 5331 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 110. 214-414-1095. www.counterculturestore.com. 45M, 36J

Gratitude. You’ll need a lot of time to sift through the tightly stocked racks at Gratitude. Lots of costume jewelry (we love the oversize brooches and candy-colored strung-bead necklaces), gloves, and sunglasses are encased in glass cabinets up front, but we especially like the jam-packed back closet on the right that holds exceptional gowns from the ’20s and ’30s. 3714 Fairmount St.
214-522-2921. 45A

Labels Designer Consignment Boutique. This store is more like a high-end boutique than a consignment shop. The philosophy here is just say no to faux: everything is authentic. Owner Judi Gugel has been known to take questionable Louis Vuitton bags to the Galleria store to make sure they’re the real deal. Some recent good finds include a Carmen Marc Valvo gown, a pair of Jimmy Choos, and a quilted Chanel handbag. 18208 Preston Rd. 972-867-3366. 5G

Pandemonium. Get ready to dig at this charming yet packed shop. The far back wall is home to brocade shift dresses in wild color combinations like hot pink and silver or neon yellow and acid green. Costume-party regulars know this is the place to shop for inexpensive leisure suits and ’60s caftans, but our favorite finds here are the leather Western belts with names tooled into the back, as well as their own line of clothes made from recycled jeans. 2726 N. Henderson Ave. 214-370-5677. www.pandemoniumltd.com. 35V

RITZ BITS: Puttin’ on the Ritz is Dallas’ best-kept secret for vintage finds. (Well, not anymore.)

Puttin’ on the Ritz. Hands down, this is the best-kept secret in Dallas for high-end runway and couture vintage clothing. Long-sleeved, empire-waist chiffon caftans by Oscar de la Renta keep company alongside tweed Chanel suits, Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo jackets, Christian Dior dresses, and pristine Pucci dresses. Here’s the key: ask owner Siri Ahearne to take you to the back closet where the good stuff is. 6621 Snider Plaza. 214-369-4015. 35H

Ragwear. Walking into this wacky mix of vintage and costume gear makes you want to play dress-up. Check out short shorts with contrasting piping along the edge (perfect with tall socks and a pair of roller skates!), high-waisted pants with dramatically flared hems, highly flammable caftans, and wonderful costume jewelry, like oversize rhinestone medallions hanging from thick, gold rope chains. 2000 Greenville Ave. 214-827-4163; 13410 Preston Rd. 972-866-6555. 36X, 15P

Reventé Upscale Resale. Go to this well-known consignment store’s web site and print out a coupon for 25 percent off any non-sale item. You can always save on wardrobe essentials like black turtlenecks by Ann Taylor; swirly, make-you-wanna-dance dresses by Betsey Johnson; classic Ralph Lauren trousers; and the occasional smashing Jil Sander jacket. 5400 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 113. 214-823-2800. www.reventeresale.com. 36J

Robin Hood’s Designer Resale. We do adore a good find, and this spot has plenty of them. Don’t be discouraged by the layout, because within the disorganized racks are Miu Miu minis, Barney’s private label wrap dresses, Diane Von Furstenberg, Cavalli button-down blouses, and Seven jeans. Also worth mentioning are the shoes scattered about the back. We turned up a pristine pair of Delman quilted leather ballet flats that were so Audrey Hepburn. 6609A Hillcrest Ave. 214-360-9666. 35H

Zola’s Everyday Vintage. You can spend a day shopping the Bishop Arts District, and this cool shop is a must stop. We always leave with things as diverse as embroidered Mexican tunics and dresses; loud, vibrant caftans; shimmery costume jewelry; and cross-stitched handbags. Insider tip: go to the web site and print out the coupon for 10 percent off your in-store purchase. 414 N. Bishop Ave. 214-943-6643. www.zolaseverydayvintage.com. 54C


Cowboy Cool. Rock star meets urban cowboy at this one-of-a-kind boutique. Customize cowboy boots and Western shirts in any imaginable color or design. Stock up on Ed Hardy tees (huge sellers at Kitson in LA) and vintage-style band tour shirts. Then complete your Dwight Yoakam or Colin Farrell bad-boy look with sterling skull belt buckles, jewelry, and more. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 407. 214-521-4500. www.cowboycool.com. 35Y

MAN, OH MAN: Culwell & Son is a Dallas institution for classic menswear.
Culwell & Son. This Park Cities staple is like a full-service department store for both men and boys. Where else can you either order custom or buy off-the-rack clothing, score a school uniform, get a haircut, rent or buy a tux, and have your clothes dry cleaned and altered? The custom wear here features only the finest-Oxxford, Hickey Freeman, H. Freeman, and Southwick. 6319 Hillcrest Ave. 214-522-7000. www.culwell.com. 35H

Daniel Taylor Clothier. Conservative, classy dressers swear by the made-to-measure suits, sport coats, and trousers by Samuelson available here. Daniel Taylor Clothier also has you covered for business casual: there are plenty of crisp khaki pants and country-club shirts by brands such as Ike Behar and Nat Nast. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 313. 214-521-0433. 35Y

Forty Five Ten. Owners Brian Bolke and Shelley Musselman’s fashion mecca on McKinney Avenue is your destination for high-end, contemporary style. The men’s section features mostly casual wear and jeans by style-setting brands such as Moschino Men’s, Tenka 24, Adam, D Squared, and Rick Owens Slab. The store’s Zen-like atmosphere makes even the anti-shopper want to stay awhile. 4510 McKinney Ave. 214-559-4510. www.fortyfiveten.com. 35V

H.D.’s Clothing Company. You won’t find that “conforming consultant€VbCrLf look here. H.D.’s-celebrating 25 years in business-specializes in colorful “after 6€VbCrLf shirts by European designers. The fashion-forward casual wear includes several new lines this year, such as Think Pink, Velvet, and Project Red, as well as jeans by Meltin’ Pot and Kasil. 3018 Greenville Ave. 214-821-5255. www.hdsclothing.com. 36P

Jean Connection. Nylon magazine calls Jean Connection the best place on the planet for jeans, and now you can purchase your denim desires online, too. Seven, Diesel, Meltin’ Pot, 575, and Big Star brands dominate the men’s selections. Modern Amusement tees, shirts, and blazers and Reef flip-flops are the perfect match for your new blues. 5926 W. Northwest Hwy. 214-691-7894. www.jeanconnection.com. 25T

Ken’s Man Shop. When you want to dress to impress, Ken Helfman and son Kory will suit you up in elegant offerings with brands such as Brioni and Equilibrio. In the casual-wear section, Ernest Sewn jeans are a favorite. New this fall are leather jackets signed by Robert Comstock and a heavenly fragrance by Italo Ferretti. As always, Ken’s offers one-of-a-kind antiques and gifts for the man who appreciates the extraordinary. 309 Preston Royal Village. 214-369-5367 www.kensmanshop. 25F

Luke’s Locker. Famous for the expert, hands-on assistance in fitting customers with the perfect athletic shoe, Luke’s also has all the Nike workout wear, casual wear, and other gear you need to get noticed on the Katy Trail or the trail to the 19th hole. You can also work on your stride and running style in the organized running groups or marathon training programs. 3607 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-528-1290. Multiple locations. www.lukeslocker.com. 35X

Mallasadi. The vibe at this venue is very Euro, with sleek styles by brands such as Brioni, Stefano Ricci, Zanella, and Equilibrio. Even the t-shirts are Italian. Our favorite find: the Luciano Moresco two-toned dress shirts, which add a bit of contrast with stand-out collars and cuffs. Village on the Parkway, 5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 610. Multiple locations. 972-404-4045. www.mallasadi.com. 14D

M.L. Leddy’s. This famed store in the Fort Worth Stockyards is a family business that began in 1922 with a reputation for fine custom boots and saddles. They’ve still got everything a cowboy covets, from exotic skin boots to the perfect belt buckle. City slickers can stock up on custom suits, sport coats, and shirts. 2455 N. Main St., Fort Worth. 817-624-3149. www.leddys.com. 62G

Octane. Denim freaks, look no further. At Octane you’ll find only the hippest brands of jeans and the coolest of casual wear, such as Uppercut (check out the tailored tees and jackets), Penguin, 575 Denim, and Edun-Bono’s new clothing line. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 310. 214-219-3118. 35Y.

Pockets Menswear. The finest Italian designers, such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Canali, and Luciano Barbera, are stocked deep here, with plenty of gorgeous suits, dress shirts, and ties. This ultra-classy store also features all the must-have accessories for elegant, sophisticated dressers, such as exquisite leather wallets, shaving accessories, and cufflinks. 46 Highland Park Village. 214-


Premium 93. For the style-savvy man who doesn’t want to look like the guy at the next desk, Premium 93 has designer casual wear as well as modern tailored suits and dress shirts by brands such as Suiz Vingt, Moschino, Paul Smith, and Ted Baker. Look for owner Ort Varona’s third store, Lift, a Fred Segal-style fashion headquarters the size of a city block, coming to Victory Park in 2006. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 405. 214 526-2884. 35Y

Q Shirt Makers. With a second store now open in Highland Park Village, brothers Raja and Ravi Ratan ensure that their clients are dressed to kill in perfectly tailored custom suits and dress shirts in sharp colors and patterns. We can’t resist the monogrammed shirts and the endless selection of glam ties and cufflinks. West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 303. 214-780-9888. 85 Highland Park Village. 214-780-0555. www.qshirtmakers.com. 35K

Sebastian’s Closet. In addition to the fine suits, sport coats, and business wear (think Vestimenta Collection, Eton, Pal Zileri, Zanella), we love the relaxed, casual looks here. Sebastian’s Closet carries several brands of jeans, plus lightweight, stylish shirts perfect for business or pleasure. Village on the Parkway, 5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 540. 972-387-0888. 14D

Stanley Korshak. The sophisticated wardrobe and chic accessories required for your luxurious lifestyle are available at this world-renowned shopping oasis. Armani has its own in-store men’s boutique, as does Ralph Lauren. You’ll find sportswear by Etro, John Varvatos, Trovata, Project E vintage tees and polos, and the very best of the denim lot: True Religion, AG, Chip and Pepper, and Meltin’ Pot. 500 Crescent Ct., Ste. 100. 214-8713610. www. stanleykorshak.com. 45F

St. Bernard Sports. This huge Inwood Village store has everything-and we mean everything-you need for ski or sun vacations, whether you’re into extreme sports or just want to look the part. The shop also stocks casual separates from brands such as Lacoste, Tommy Bahama, Ben Sherman, Seven and Paper Denim jeans, hilarious (and so LA) novelty tees, and Fred Perry casual wear, new this year. 5570 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 388. 214-357-9700. www.stbernardsports.com. 34D

Threads. Owner Michael Elliott and Charles Williams probably look familiar. Their wives own Flirt, the women’s boutique next door. The hubbies saw the success of their significant others’ shop and quit their day jobs to bring men affordable fashions. Look for staples such as Penguine, Le Tigre, and Sacred Blue denim, or shop for more risky duds such as Waraire Boswell button-downs. If trying on clothes wears you out, hang out at the bar or relax on a recliner and enjoy the PlayStation. 2633 McKinney Ave., Ste. 170. 214-754-7066. 45F


Dallas Shops! Spotlights

Rory Boyd, Sussie’s >>
While perusing the racks of denim at Sussie’s, I pick up a pair of jeans I’ve seen Gwyneth Paltrow wearing in the pages of Us Weekly. Then the front door swings open, and a pint-size woman with a chic hairstyle, tragically hip outfit, and well-manicured nails confidently strolls in: owner Rory Boyd. She introduces herself, gives me a warm hug, and looks me up and down. “Yup. You’d look great in a pair of Hudson jeans. They will fit you perfectly.€VbCrLf What she doesn’t know is that the label is one of my favorites because it fits me like a glove. She’s good. Boyd chalks it up to 28 years in the biz. (Sussie’s is the longest-standing small business in Frisco.) But her customers will tell you it’s her intuition and honesty. “I like my customers to feel pretty,€VbCrLf Boyd says. “If you are wearing a shirt that you don’t need to be wearing, I’ll tell you.€VbCrLf Because she has been in the business for so long, she does it the old-fashioned way: she is a buyer, merchandiser, personal shopper, wardrobe consultant, and friend. She has earned the respect of women from all walks of life, from ages 15 to 80, within a 100-mile radius. “Watch the scene in Pretty Woman. My philosophy is that every woman should be treated the same no matter who she is.€VbCrLf -R.M.

<< Vicki and Harry Demarco, H.D.’s Clothing Company
Twenty-five years ago, Vicki and Harry Demarco made a decision that would change Dallas fashion. The couple, celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary at the Mansion pool, chatted about how they would love to open their own store. At the time, Harry was a sales rep for jeans giant Brittania Sportswear, and Vicki worked as a buyer for Fashion Bar Stage and Sanger-Harris.”We shook on it, and 64 days later, we opened H.D.’s,€VbCrLf Harry says. H.D.’s was one of three original stores in the United States to carry Diesel jeans, the first in town to stock Guess denim, and Vivienne Tam’s second customer. The Demarcos have spent the past two decades traveling to Europe (sometimes five or six times a year), building relationships with merchandisers. They go with customers’ wants in mind and buy according to what they think will look good on certain people. The couple describes it as a “hunt,€VbCrLf and they’re always on the prowl for the next trend. Sometimes the things they bring back are in the fashion magazines months later. So, if you are planning a shopping trip in Paris, cancel that plane ticket and drive to their Greenville Avenue digs. The Demarcos have already done the dirty work. -R.M.
Liz Thompson, Premium 93 >>
Liz Thompson grew up in the fashion biz. Raised in and around LA, Thompson was attending market at age 14, and by the time she was 21, she owned her own store on Ventura Boulevard. Although she’s reluctant to admit to her star-studded background, celebs such as Heather Locklear and Robin Wright Penn were regulars. Thompson was married to a musician at the time, and her fashion sense was inspired by the creative people-from rock stars to actresses-who were constants in her life. “I picked up cues from their style,€VbCrLf she says. “People with individual style are so refreshing.€VbCrLf Thompson landed in Dallas five years ago and was a partner in the launch of brands such as Seven and Blue Cult Denim jeans to Stanley Korshak, Neiman Marcus, and others. Before Premium 93 opened, owner Ort Varona sought her out to be the women’s wear buyer. Now she’s dressing style-savvy Dallas women who have a desire for beautiful, unique pieces. Local singer-songwriters Lyle Jackson and Jenny Kirkland are clients of Thompson. They could be the poster girls for her clientele: a little bit boho chic, a little bit rock ’n’ roll. “Premium 93’s customers love style but don’t bow down to trends,€VbCrLf Thompson says. “They don’t want to look like everyone else.€VbCrLf -C.D.

<< Janet and Jay Finegold, Kid Biz/The Biz
What does it take to run one of the hippest stores around for kiddos? Mini versions of the season’s hottest trends. Check. A friendly staff versed in fit, fabric, and fashion. Check. One of the best buyers in town. Check. But it doesn’t just happen overnight. Ten years ago, husband-and-wife team Janet and Jay Finegold purchased Kid Biz. Janet, a former buyer for Foley’s and rep for Ralph Lauren, saw the store’s potential. She stocked the racks with items found nowhere else in Dallas, and her husband Jay opted to run the business and marketing side. A couple of years later, customers who shopped for their toddlers and grade-schoolers were begging for a more mature store their kids could grow into. The Biz was born. But, if you ask Jay why the stores are so successful, he replies with one word: Janet. “No one else buys like she does,” Jay says. And the fashion gene runs in the family. The Finegolds have three daughters who already show a flair for style. The eldest loves working in the store, the middle daughter helps with the accounting and business side, and the 12-year-old does the sketching and designs. All three love to go to market to help Mom buy. Looks like our kids’ kids might be shopping with the Finegolds. -R.M.


Dallas Shops! Extras: Lingerie, Shoes, Kids

The Latest Wares in Underwear
Top shops for pretty, posh, or practical lingerie.

The folks at Ginny’s Underworld (Preston Park Village, 1900 Preston Rd., Ste. 199, Plano. 972-867-7252. 656U) have been fitting bras for 35 years, so they know a thing or two about underpinnings. Standard bra lines include Chantelle and Wacoal, and we love Simple Pleasures and Verena cotton knit pants and camis. Lucky Girl (Shops at Legacy, 7205 Bishop Rd., Ste. E5. 469-241-1649. 565R) is for cutting-edge girls who like a little couture with their underwear. The favorite here is Dutch import Marlies Dekkers, an out-of-this-world European line with sexy, strappy bras, bustiers, and unusual panty designs. Lingerie Collection (520 Preston Royal Shopping Center. 214-691-3710. 25F) is the ultimate source for romantic, affordable lingerie, including to-the-floor cotton nightgowns, thigh-skimming yet demure silk chemises, and delicate loungewear. Loretta’s Intimates (721 N. Central Expwy., Ste. 420, Plano. 972-633-9100. www.lorettasintimates.com. 7D) is known for its skilled staff and extensive line of mastectomy products, but this store just went through a major overhaul-interior and product lines. Pretty bras, bustiers, and panties by lacy Chantelle, sexy LeMystere, and feminine Wacoal can be found among Spanx body shapers and Hanky Panky thongs. Highly personalized service has kept the family-owned Maddox Shop (130 Casa Linda Plaza. 214-328-3009. www.maddoxshop.com. 38J) in business for more than 70 years. Post-op pieces for mastectomy clients include Amoena and Airway, plus mastectomy swimwear by Ceeb of Miami, T.H.E., and Amoena. Brides get a wedding-night boost with Dominique bustier. Whether you want something completely practical or totally fantastic, Sheers (4266 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-528-7292. 35T) never disappoints. Show-stopping looks by Honeydew Intimates float our boat. At Très Pink (4415 Lovers Ln. 214-522-PINK. www.trespink.com. 35A), we can’t get enough of the Arianne jammies, stretchy, ultra-soft nighties and pjs made from beechwood (yes, beechwood). Also here is the largest color selection of Hanky Panky panties in town. Calling all brides. All those monogrammed bathrobes for pedi parties, rhinestone-emblazoned panties with your new name, and sexy wedding-night lingerie are stocked at Trousseau (West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 103. 214-520-9333. 35Y). Gorgeous intimates by Simone Perele, Arianne, and Roberto Cavalli can be had for special days, while everyday wares like Cosabella thongs round out the offerings.

Fancy Footwork
Shop these stores for the perfect pumps or sexiest slingbacks.

At Accomplice (West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 501. 214-520-8535. 35Y), slip on edgy styles for fall, such as Michele Bertelli round-toe wedges and shearling short boots and brocade ankle-strap heels by 12th St. by Cynthia Vincent. Italian handcrafted Bolo shoes get owner “B.€VbCrLf thrilled about fall shipments at B. Whitman (Southlake Town Square, 1443 Main St., Southlake. 817-410-3800. 26G). Other jump-for-joy lines include classic Delman, French Sole, and easy-to-wear Jessica Bennett. Boots are so Sienna Miller nowadays. To get the same style with a tad more oomph, head to Cowboy Cool (West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 407. 214-521-4500. www.cowboycool.com. 35Y) for customized kicks. E. 61st (61 Highland Park Village. 214-521-0828. www.e61st.com. 35K) always has great finds from Anne Klein, Donald J. Pliner, Isaac Mizrahi, and Stuart Weitzman. But the real reason to come here is the amazing selection of Delman. Alongside The Graye Concept’s (Plaza at Preston Center, 8314 Preston Center Plaza. 214-750-7463. www.graye.com. 25X) collection of boots by Frye and Ted Baker London, we like to peruse the great selection of cheeky, colorful Rafe shoes and handbags. At Gregory’s (Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy. 972-490-1285. 14R), sky-high and sexy Azzedine Alaia, fashion favorite Alexander McQueen, newcomer Edmundo Castillo, and church-worthy Pollini will have you in high heaven. Krista de la Harpe Shoe Salon (2609 Hibernia St. 214-220-0243. www.kristadelaharpe.com. 45F) has a loyal following. Most of her designs have a bit of a square toe, which means your piggies don’t get pinched. Everyone can find something to love at Lou Lou (4417 Lovers Ln. 214-521-8833. 35A). Beverly Feldman pointy-toe stilettos and wedges hold court beside Hype and Steven slip-ons and BCBGirls round-toe pumps. For a little bit of funk mixed with a lot of glam, head to Studio Sebastian’s (6730 Snider Plaza. 214-360-9001. 35H) for shoes by Costume National, Christian Louboutin, Sergio Rossi, Marni, and Dolce and Gabbana. At Stanley Korshak, (500 Crescent Ct., Ste. 100. 214-871-3600. www.stanleykorshak.com. 45F) try on kitten-heel slides by Bottega Veneta, attention-grabbing stilettos by Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo, or Lambertson Truex flats. We love a man who loves shoes, and Steven Spodek (5600 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 123. 214-350-3883. 34D) is obsessed with them: Taryn Rose, Kors and Michael Kors, or attention-seeking Isabella Fiore.

Threads for Tots
These boutiques keep kids clothed in style.

At Animal Crackers (1900 Preston Rd., Ste. 260, Plano. 972-867-4802; Southlake Town Square, 120 State St., Southlake. 817-416-6246. 656U, 26F) babies get trendy with cool lines like Little Mass, Annie’s, and Sofi, while edgy toddlers express themselves in Italian line Nolita. Bebe Grand (2013 Abrams Pkwy. 214-887-9224. 36Z) is tops for ultra luxe baby gifts and clothing. We’re smitten with the choices by Tea and Cotton Tail Originals and glorious christening gowns. At For Children (4408 Lovers Ln. 214-363-1651. 35A), we can’t get enough of the Amanda Remembered smocked cotton shorties and dresses, as well as the  super-soft cotton pants and tees in adorable prints by Zutano. Jumpers from Baby CZ and Bonpoint and thick cotton-knit hats for your precious one beg to be had at Goodnight Moon (207 Preston Royal Village. 214-691-9393. www.gnmdallas.com. 25F). We’re obsessed with Haute Baby’s (Inwood Village, 5350 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 128. 214-357-3068. www.hautebaby.com. 34D) private line of matching tops and pull-on cotton pants with pink chenille heart cut-outs on the knees. Hip Hip Hooray (6906 Snider Plaza. 214-369-2788. 35D) has the best selection of Petit Bateau in the city. Clary’s white leather shoes are classics. Janie and Jack (Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. 469-366-0707. Multiple locations. www.janieandjack.com. 655R) takes baby clothes up a notch with darling bibs, special-occasion gowns, heirloom-quality silver baby cups and picture frames, and precious layette gifts. Fashionistas tote their Mini Me’s to Kid Biz (Plaza at Preston Center, 8408 Preston Center Plaza. 214-692-5437. 25X) for tiny versions of their own stylish gear. Boys always look sport-ready in tees and shorts by Quicksilver and cargo by Da Nang; girls go for the large selection of Juicy Couture. Safari Kids (5960 W. Parker Rd., Ste. 240, Plano. 972-473-3336. 655H) has a carefully edited selection of children’s clothing, including Wes and Willy, Charlie Rocket, and Flapdoodles for boys and Little Mass, Lipstik, and Zaza for girlie girls. Hot lines for fall at Sugar (4100 Rowlett Rd., Ste. 200, Rowlett. 972-475-6208. 30G) include Barefoot Dreams, Frisco-produced My Vintage Baby for boys and girls, Cash Cash, At Home, and Cozy Toes. At Ten Monkeys (5600 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 143. 214-350-2888. www.ten-monkeys.com. 34D), we’re huge fans of the extended selection of Da Nang, perfect for the growing fashionista. For infant and toddler boys, you cannot go wrong with matching short and pant sets by Deux Par Deux.

Photos: Tiffany: Bode Helm; Flirt, Ritz, Culwell: Scott Womack; Sussie’s, HD’s, Premium, KidBiz: Lisa Means


Highland Park Village
An Ode

How do we love thee? Let us count the ways.
We love thee for Jimmy and Ralph and Anne.
Our souls can feast, with Mi Cocina at hand.
For timeless silk scarves, we have Hermès.

We love thee for Chanel’s and St. John’s
Most stylish suits, or jewels from Calame.
We love thee freely, as men yearn for Pockets’ display;
We love thee purely, as we browse at Madison.

We love thee with the passion and the grace
Of a loyal patron, and with a spender’s zeal.
We love thee with a love for a special place
With old-word charm, we love thee for Kiehl’s,
Calvin, Calypso, and Peeper’s! and, if Visa embrace,
We shall shop thee until we drop or keel.



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