|BOTTOM LINE: Eileen Kelley sells ready-to-alter pants at her new store.
photography by Joshua Logan
What started as a class assignment at SMU has blossomed into a successful business for Dallas-based designer Eileen Kelley. As a frustrated consumer, Kelley (who is 5’3”) went in pursuit of the perfect women’s pant. “We are subject to ambiguous, non-standard sizing,” says Kelley. “I wondered why women can’t get on-site tailoring in the same quality and shop by inches like men.” Her solution: ready-to-alter pants that are 90 percent finished and 10 percent custom-tailored. Unfinished bottoms and waistbands allow the pants to be outfitted to each individual’s style preference (cuffed, wide-leg, high-waisted), body type (hourglass, pear, apple), and height. In 2006 Kelley operated by appointment only and developed a following, leading her to open her first flagship store in May. All pants are made of 100 percent natural, high-quality fabrics such as tropical wool and year-round gabardines, ensuring a flattering drape and finish. “You will look like you dropped 5 pounds instantly,” Kelley says, “Your rear is our reputation.” Kelley is expanding the line to include tops and washable cotton pants. All orders take at least two weeks to complete. Other special services: they can replicate your favorite pair of pants and special-order fabrics. Pants are priced $125–$175. 8300 Preston Rd., Ste. 310. 214-746-7300. www.eileenkelley.com.
|SHOP BOY: Chris Hornbeak came to Dallas from San Antonio to open Klad.
photography by Joshua Logan
Klad, a collaboration of brothers Chris and Jeff Hornbeak, stocks hip yet sophisticated lines for men and women. Chris, the older (and single) of the Texas twosome, ventured to Dallas from San Antonio to open their second location in Victory Park. They originally opened their first store, Cork, because there were “no good men’s stores in San Antonio.” (They eventually added women’s wear as well.) On the recommendation of a friend, they decided to expand into the Dallas market. With lines like Rufus flying off the racks, it looks like they have again found their niche. Some of our favorite finds include Virgins, Saints & Angels (handcrafted belt buckles), Modern Amusement (eclectic tees and reversible board shorts), Db Clay hand-silkscreened wallets, Mek jeans, feminine dresses by Saja and Walter, and chic separates by Designers Remix Collection. With prices between $30–$350 you’re sure to go home with an addition to your wardrobe that you won’t feel guilty about. Klad 2308 Victory Park Lane. 214-979-0099.
For the past 19 years, Travel Jewelry Precious Gems has been replicating Dallas’ finest gems so customers can travel without the risk of losing their precious jewels. The copies are usually made with cubic zirconium and other synthetic stones set in the metal of your choice (gold, platinum, or silver). Plan ahead; it takes two to three weeks to produce. Prices range from $250 to $2,500. 6123 Berkshire Ln. 214-369-4722. —ALLISON COOKE