Our Picks for the Best in Dallas Shopping

Check out our favorite stops for the very best in clothes (for him and her), shoes, and accessories. PLUS: local jewelry stores with bling broken down by price.

We put together designer duds from Highland Park Village that are sure to turn heads in the Park Cities.
DRESS: Luca Luca “Bocce” dress (Luca Luca/$1,550); CLUTCH: Kooba silver clutch ($345/Scoop NYC); WALLET: Hermes leather wallet (Hermes/$1,500); GLOVES: Chanel leather gloves (Chanel/$850); EARRINGS: Chanel classic “CC logo” earrings (Chanel/$225); SHOES: Tory Burch black patent “maddie” pump (Tory Burch/$225)
SUBURBAN CHIC (above right)
Soccer moms in the ’burbs can get a hip look like this at local boutiques and The Shops at Willow Bend.
JACKET: Rebecca Taylor tweed jacket (Sussie’s/$370); SHIRT: Marc Jacobs cotton eyelet top (Neiman Marcus Willow Bend/$188); BELT: red belt (Sussie’s); JEANS: Genetic Denim wide-leg trouser (Merge, Shops at Legacy/$242); WATCH: Tempus watch with mother-of-pearl face (Jacqueline Jarrot/$185); BOOTS: Gucci leather ankle boots (Neiman Marcus Willow Bend/$825)

Our Favorite Stores

Whether you’re looking for designer duds or shabby chic, these fashionable shops by local owners will keep you well-heeled. 

Ahab Bowen. Vintage finds for men and women. Unique accessories, hats, purses, gloves, and shoes round out the selection. 2614 Boll St., 214-720-1874.

B. Whitman. Owner Beth Whitman stocks the store with lines such as Ted Baker, Corso Como, and Matisse. 1443 Main St., Southlake, 817-410-3800.

Betty Reiter. Exclusive carrier of Yeohlee and Vincent Du Sartel in Dallas. Other designers include Krizia and Miller Et Bertaux, and handbags from Carrie Forbes. 4030 Villanova St., 214-373-9990.

Blues Jean Bar. Look no further for the latest trends in denim. Joe’s Jeans, J Brand, Rock & Republic, and more. Also t-shirts and accessories. 6810 Snider Plaza, 214-368-5326.

Cabana. Open two mornings a week. Lines include Paul & Joe, Seaton, Steven Alan, Samantha Tracy, and Thread Social. Also available by appointment. 9115 Devonshire, 214-674-9928.

Centre. A small, highly edited boutique. Lines include B.Son and Cassette for men, Evil Genius and Rojas for women. 5331 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 105, 214-821-2028.

Clothes Circuit. Resale shop. Designers found include Chanel, Chloe, and Prada, as well as Manolo Blahnik shoes. 6105 Sherry Ln., 214-696-8634.

Cotton Island. A staple for SMU girls. Dresses from Juicy Couture, T-Bags, Alice & Trixie. Seven for All Mankind jeans, Yellow Box shoes. 6601 Hillcrest Ave., 214-373-1085.

Counter Culture. Lines include Particle, Ezekiel, and Ginger for women, Green Apple Tree for men, vintage clothing and accessories. 5331 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 110, 214-414-1095.

Cowboy Cool. Boots from Liberty and J.B. Hill, jeans from True Religion, colorful cowboy hats, longhorn belt buckles. 3699 McKinney Ave., 214-521-4500.

Crimson in the City. Styles from owner Stefani Shultz. Lines include Abi Ferrin, Paper Denim & Cloth, and Ronen Chen for women, and Modern Amusement and Anthem Nation for men. Tom Ford eyewear. 1514 Commerce St., 214-655-2811.

Culwell & Son. Custom suits, tuxedos, alterations, and casual wear. Robert Talbott, Hickey Freeman, and Oxford. 6319 Hillcrest Ave., 214-522-7000.

Daniel Taylor Clothier. Menswear boutique. Lines include Ike Behar and Martin Gordon. 3699 McKinney Ave., 214-521-0433.

Dolly Python. An emporium of odd goods, from men’s and women’s vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories to antiques. 1916 N. Haskell Dr., 214-887-3434.

E.61st. Shoes from Stuart Weitzman and Donald J. Pliner. Accessories from Monsac and Lorren Bell. 61 Highland Park Village, 214-521-0828.

Eileen Kelley. Eileen Kelley custom-tailored pants, skirts, jackets, and shirts available, with a focus on pants. 8300 Preston Rd., Ste. 310, 214-746-7300.

Elements. Go-to shop for Park Cities partygoers. Lines include See by Chloe, Galliano by John Galliano, M Missoni. Handbags from Zac Posen. 4400 Lovers Ln., 214-987-0837.

Elle by Elements. A hip sister to neighbor Elements. Lines include Plenty by Tracy Reese, LaRok, and P2 by Poleci. 4408 Lovers Ln., 214-987-0831.

Forty Five Ten. High fashion for serious shoppers. Lines include Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garçons, doo.ri, and Proenza Schouler. 4510 McKinney Ave., 214-559-4510.

Gregory’s. DSquared2 for men and women, and Azzedine Alaia and Alessandro Dell’Acqua for women. Best shoe selection in Dallas. Dallas Galleria, 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 1365, 972-490-1285.

HD’s. Lines include For Love and Liberty, Twisted Heart, and Fresh Ink for women, and Raw 7 and Velvet for guys. 3014 and 3018 Greenville Ave., 214-821-5255.

Jean Connection. Men’s and women’s denim: Red Engine, James, Diesel, and William Rast. 5926 W. Northwest Hwy., 214-691-7894.

JL by J. Lindeberg. Golf and sportswear for men and women from J. Lindeberg’s JL line. 2410 Victory Park Ln., 214-953-2252.

Jolie Boutique. Lines include Rachel Pally, Voom, Susana Monaco, plus shoes and jewelry. 2316 Victory Park Ln., 214-855-5566.

Kacky & Carl. Lines include Christopher Deane, Eva Franco, and Walter. Bags by Kage, as well as vintage luggage and jewelry. 2722 Routh St., 214-295-4486.

Ken’s Man’s Shop. Lines include Ike Behar, Brioni, and Eton. Suits, casual wear, shoes, accessories. 309 Preston Royal, 214-369-5367.

Klad. Women’s lines include Corey Lynn Calter and Alice + Olivia; men’s include Rufus and Joystick. Handmade accessories from Virgin Saints and Angels. 2308 Victory Park Ln., 866-510-1749.

Krimson and Klover. Trendy women’s clothes. T-Bags dresses and tops, Denim for Immortality and Joe’s jeans, accessories, purses, Hanky Panky undies. 3111 Cole Ave., 214-871-2334.

LFT. Mega store with brands including Diane von Furstenberg, James Perse, and Dune Furniture. With an Avalon hair salon and restaurant in the works. 2350 Victory Park Ln., 214-635-2150.

Linus Lounge. Shoe boutique open most months by appointment only. Lines include Barbara Bui, Ruthie Davis, and Komodo. 2724 Routh St., 214-965-0180.

Lou Lou. Owner Molly Thayer offers lines such as Charles David and Beverly Feldman. Hype accessories, too. 4417 Lovers Ln., 214-521-8333.

Melanie Gayle. Well-edited boutique full of women’s lines such as Jenny Han, McKenna, Vanitas, and Twinkle. Jewelry by Amanda Sterrett. 6818 Snider Plaza, 214-369-1700.

Merge. Lines for women include Mint, Vince, and Geren Ford; men’s include Steven Alan and Trovata. Jewelry, shoes, and handbags. The Shops at Legacy, 5800 Legacy Dr., 972-378-5242.

ML Leddy’s. Specializing in custom-made cowboy boots, saddles, belts, hats, and clothes. 2455 N. Main St., Fort Worth, 817-624-3149.

Neiman’s Downtown. Designers include Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Dior, Versace, and Yves St. Laurent. 1618 Main St., 214-741-6911.

Octane. Brands include Ted Baker, Chip & Pepper, and Custo. 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 405D, 214-219-3118.

Pockets Menswear. Lines include Zegna, Canali, and Sartorio. 46 Highland Park Village, 214-368-1167.

Pumps. Mother-daughter team buys lines such as Loeffler Randall, Bettye Mueller, and L’autre Chose. 217 N. Kentucky, McKinney, 972-562-4555.

Q Shirtmakers. Ties from Robert Talbott, Ted Baker, and Duchamp London. Custom shirts and suits, too. 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 303, 214-780-9888; 85 Highland Park Village, 214-780-0555.

Rich Hippie. Men’s and women’s offerings. Lines include William Rast, Mike & Chris, and t-shirts by Sharon Segal. 5350 Lovers Ln., 214-358-1968.

Sebastians. Designers include Matthew Williamson and Vena Cava, with shoes by Marc Jacobs and Costume National. 6730 Snider Plaza, 214-360-9001.

Sebastian’s Closet. Mostly men’s. Lines include Hugo Boss, Eton, and Pal Zileri. Shoes, handbags, and jewelry. 5100 Belt Line Rd., No. 540, 972-387-0888.

St. Bernard Sports. In addition to ski gear, find Lilly Pulitzer, Penguin, and Fred Perry. 5570 W. Lovers Ln., No. 388, 214-357-9700.

Stanley Korshak. High-end store featuring women’s couture, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, home design, beauty, and bridal. 500 Crescent Court, Ste. 100, 214-871-3600.

Sussie’s. Carries lines such as Rebecca Taylor, Milly NY, Robert Rodriguez, and Ella Moss. 4760 Preston Rd., Ste. 204, Frisco, 972-335-2792.

The Shak. Houses contemporary lines from Stanley Korshak. See by Chloe and 3.1 phillip lim for women, and John Varvatos and Trovata for men. Denim, jewelry, and handbags. 500 Crescent Court, Ste. 100, 214-871-3600.

Zola’s Everyday Vintage. This Bishop Arts store has men’s and women’s vintage items, as well as coats, furs, purses, and accessories. 414 N. Bishop Ave., 214-943-6643.

photography by Vanessa Gavalya

Brian Bolke and Shelly Musselman

What They Do: Owners and buyers, Forty Five Ten  What They Say: For fall, Bolke says you must have something short. “Go a little shorter than you’re used to.” (Tip: you can always wear opaque tights to be less risqué.) Musselman says, “Something shiny. Fashion is all over the map right now. Nothing is wrong.”  Why They’re Awesome: Bolke, who also owns Avant Garden, and Musselman, a former Kim Dawson model and mother of four, paired up seven years ago to open their renowned Dallas fashion haunt. Responsible for filling the 8,000-square-foot space on McKinney Avenue, the stylish duo scout New York, Milan, and Paris at least twice a year for perfect pieces. (New this season at Forty Five Ten? Glad you asked: Marchesa, Miu Miu, and Y-3.) “As buyers we have learned many lessons, one of which is to listen to our gut,” Bolke says. “Our biggest successes are because we watch and listen to our best customers, not what everyone else is doing.” Stocking unique items (such as a black Comme des Garçons jacket with 3-D hands on the lapel) has always been important to both, as many visit the store for a visual escape. “People who shop here don’t need what we sell,” Bolke says. “It has to be special.”

photography by Vanessa Gavalya

Jeff Denton

What he does: Assistant manager, Billy Reid NorthPark  What he Says: All employees at Billy Reid look at the store as their home, and they want customers to feel like guests. Which is why, if you respect his home, Denton will offer you a beer and a seat on the couch. And if you disrespect his home, he may ask you to leave.  Why he’s Awesome: When he was a student sportswriter at University of Kansas, Denton stood out by showing up in the press box with flat-front pants, jacket, and pocket square. Today, on a casual Sunday morning at Lucky’s on Oak Lawn, he’s pointing out the fine stitching on the inside pocket of his sports coat. “See this,” he says, leaning forward, excited. “This is a great ivory soft-shoulder lightweight jacket. But look here. This pocket is stitched with fabric from a seersucker.” He grins. He’s done his job: he’s made a potential customer (this reporter) crave his own ivory soft-shouldered lightweight sports coat. It’s this personal touch that leads everyone from area CEOs to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kurt Eichenwald to OutKast lead singer Andre Benjamin to shop at Billy Reid. “Because it’s relaxed and sophisticated,” Denton says. “Because we form relationships, whether they’re buying t-shirts or $1,000 pair of shoes. Because it’s my job to make them look good and feel good.”

photography by Vanessa Gavalya

Nancy Klompus

What she does: Personal shopper  What she says: The best value for fall is a good vintage coat and elbow-length gloves; the best t-shirts, wraps, and cozy sweaters are found at Rich Hippie; her favorite bra fitter is Blanca at Nordstrom; and Lou Lou is a great spot for inexpensive evening shoes.  Why she’s awesome: Klompus earned her shopping cred at stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, and Neiman Marcus before breaking out on her own about three years ago. Now, she guides her clients through a wardrobe overhaul, using some of what they have and shopping for the rest. The first visit is to your closet, where, gasp, stuff often gets tossed. “It doesn’t go back into the closet unless it’s fabulous, you love it, and it makes you feel pretty,” she says. (She’s serious about pretty.) Next, she compiles a list of your fashion needs that complements your lifestyle (cocktail party frequenter, business traveler, etc.). Then comes the good part: you and Klompus either hit the stores together (favorite haunts include Elements, Melanie Gayle, Barneys, and Neiman’s), or she brings the goods—in your size, tailored to your taste, needs, personality, and budget—to you for your own in-home dressing room experience. “That’s when we make magic happen,” she says. —SARAH EVEANS

Just Jewels

No matter what your budget, these local haunts ably fulfill your accessory needs. 

This trendy and affordable West Village boutique supplies a selection of more than 500 styles and colors of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Made of Austrian crystals, semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls, and sterling silver, many pieces are designed and handmade in-house. Customers can commission custom creations, too. 3699, McKinney Ave., Ste. 502, 214-252-3870. www.accentsfashionaccessories.com.

Om Imports. If you’re looking for something fashion-savvy yet budget-friendly, this wholesale and retail shop has it. Specializing in items directly imported from China and India, you’ll find all the latest trends in fashion and costume jewelry. 11464 Harry Hines Blvd., 972-243-5666. www.omimportsdallas.com.

Sam Moom Trading Co. Once upon a time this wholesaler was a hidden treasure chest of trinkets for thrifty and stylish fashion insiders only. Now the trendy bargain baubles are available to the masses. 11826 Harry Hines Blvd., 972-484-3084. www.sammoon.com.

Silver Moon Sterling Jewelry. The style savvy flock to this small shop in Mockingbird Station for well-priced sterling silver and custom creations. A selection of unique pieces made with Boma (Native American turquoise) and freshwater pearls draw a crowd, too. 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln., No. 107, 214-828-4641.

Simon G rose, white, and yellow gold and diamond ring; Pampillonia Jewelers

Two Blonde Lizzards. This collection of semiprecious baubles, designed by local gal Elizabeth Wimpress, consists of the finest hand-carved pieces and premium stones. Her collection can be found in various stores in Dallas including Elements and Neiman Marcus. 4520 Fairfax Ave., 214-521-0705. www.twoblondelizzards.com.

[ SENSIBLE & STYLISH ]Beading Dreams. This popular bead and jewelry supply store stockpiles precious and semiprecious beads, rare stones, and mixed metals. Also find unique hand-beaded adornments made by owner Eliza Epstein, or you can create an original with the help of the skilled staff. 5629 W. Lovers Ln., 214-366-1112. www.beadingdreams.com.

Jools. This art gallery of jewels offers an eclectic yet elegant selection of unique handmade treasures made of semiprecious stones and sterling silver or solid gold. The key is that each piece is designed and handmade by the artist, all less than $5,000 (averaging $200). 5100 Belt Line Rd., 972-788-4143.

Pampillonia Jewelers. The Pampillonia family has been assisting customers for more than 100 years. This store showcases designer jewelry and custom designs as well as an outstanding selection of estate jewelry without being intimidating. Find many stunning pieces for less than $5,000. 640 N. Coit Rd., Richardson, 972-792-8100. www.pampilloniajewelers.com.

Park Cities Jewelers. For 11 years this shop has stocked fine jewelry and estate pieces but prides itself on friendly faces and reasonable prices. In addition to designer timepieces, we hear they have a remarkable selection of refurbished watches. 2222 McKinney Ave., Ste. 280, 214-520-6148.

Ylang 23. Joanne and Charles Teichman opened this fashion-forward jewelry shop in 1985. Always ahead of the trend curve, Ylang stocks fresh up-and-coming jewelry collections as well as the latest by established designers such as Cathy Waterman and Me and Ro. 13350 Dallas Pkwy., No. 1300, 972-980-0819. www.ylang23.com.


Bachendorf’s. With more than 100 years of expertise, the family-owned business celebrates 30 years in Dallas. Find collectibles and handmade custom jewelry; designer gems by Cartier, Chopard, Gregg Ruth, and Mikimoto; and an extensive collection of fine watches. 13350 Dallas Pkwy., No. 1415, 972-392-9900; 8400 Preston Rd., 214-692-8400. www.bachendorfs.com.

DeBoulle. Established in 1983 by Denis and Karen Boulle, this elegant boutique houses luxury designer jewels by Bulgari, Charles Krypell, Fred Leighton, and Oscar Heyman, as well as its own collection of estate and handcrafted designs. It also offers more than 20 timepiece collections. 6821 Preston Rd., 214-522-2400. www.deboulle.com.

Eiseman Jewels. For 40 years, this family business has put as much emphasis on customer service as it has on the precious jewels it stocks. Find classic pearls, cutting-edge diamond rings, and one-of-a-kind custom creations. 514 NorthPark Center, 214-369-6100. www.eisemanjewels.com.

Matthew Trent. From exquisite diamond rings to hammered 22-karat gold cufflinks, all creations are handmade by the designer and his jewelers on-site at the Maple Avenue shop that also carries a well-edited selection of estate pieces. 2508 Maple Ave., 214-871-9170. www.matthewtrent.com.

William Noble Rare Jewels. Jeweler Bill Noble opened shop in 1983 and provides Dallasites with some of the rarest selection of jewels in the world. The entire staff has at least 20 years of experience and can even help you scour the globe for a coveted estate piece. 100 Highland Park Village, No. 370, 214-526-3890. www.williamnoble.com.