TenOverSix in downtown Dallas, photographed by Jonathan Zizzo


Headington Cos. Acquires TenOverSix and Removes Taylor Tomasi Hill

TenOverSix co-founder Kristen Cole will serve over TenOverSix and Forty Five Ten.

If you’ve ever tried to reference Forty Five Ten, and accidentally found yourself mentioning TenOverSix — or vice versa — you’re not alone. It happens sometimes! Those number names are hard. Remember when Forty Five Ten’s TTH used to be Five & Ten? What a time!

All of this number talk is to say that if you’ve ever second guessed yourself when it comes to referencing the bold, black-painted downtown Dallas department store or the newly Miami-based concept store just across the street, you’re about to be even more justified in doing so. (Although you were totally justified already — those number names, man.)

In another big move since Tim Headington acquired Forty Five Ten in 2014, Headington Companies has purchased TenOverSix, and appointed Kristen Cole, who co-founded the store with her husband Joe Cole in Los Angeles in 2008, as the president and chief creative officer for both Forty Five Ten and TenOverSix. It’s a move that consolidates the leadership team of the ever-growing Forty Five Ten footprint (a 16,000-square-foot Manhattan store was announced earlier this month) and will give Forty Five Ten a bit of a presence in Miami, where Cole will oversee the opening of a new TenOverSix flagship store later this month.

A press release also references “additional brick-and-mortar locations” and “a robust digital transformation” for both stores, which likely means more of a focus on e-commerce. (TenOverSix currently has an e-commerce site, but nothing can be purchased on Forty Five Ten’s site as of now.)

Tomasi Hill in TTH, photo by Samantha Jane

Our biggest question in all of this is what will happen to the aforementioned TTH, named after former Forty Five Ten vice president and creative director Taylor Tomasi Hill. A rep from Forty Five Ten and TenOverSix confirmed that the crimson-haired street style star and former Teen Vogue fashion editor, as well as the TTH brand, are no longer affiliated with Forty Five Ten. It’s unclear what this means for the future of the Highland Park Village concept shop (the TTH page on Forty Five Ten’s site is currently down), which showcased emerging designers aimed at a slightly more youthful shopper (Fallon chokers and distressed GRLFRND jeans were store fixtures), but we’ll keep you apprised of any news.


  • RompingWillyBilly

    There was a time in the early eighties when Dallas retail wasn’t known as luxury, but typical high standard and very competitive Dallas retail. As women’s fashion powered the retail market, there still existed a local garment industry. During that time, the so-called luxury market wasn’t based in the area of NorthPark Center, Highland Park Village, Preston Center, or along the Miracle Mile (Inwood Village). It existed further in four malls three of them indoor and the other outdoor. In very close proximity to each other, they were the Dallas Galleria, Sakowitz Village, Prestonwood mall, and Valley View mall. In those malls were an incredible total of six luxury department stores!
    As this mostly outside luxury retail in Far North Dallas competed with the high competitive traditional retail of Dallas, a bloodbath resulted. Far North Dallas got its hat handed to it as a result. Five of the six luxury department stores in Far North Dallas no longer exist today. Neiman Marcus relocated from Prestonwood to what was planned to be a new luxury shopping center called Willow Bend Mall. Then Willow Bend got its hat handed to it.
    The point in all of this is that having a lot of luxury retail in Dallas isn’t a good thing. Having lots of that stuff signals that the local market has become weak. The garment industry has disappeared. As most products today are manufactured in communist China, the garment industry has relocated from the U.S. to factories in India that deploy slave labor.
    My question is, where is the prime beef today in Dallas retail? How can cheap products made in China and India be pieced together into quality products.

    • S. Holland Murphy

      Very interesting, RompingWillyBilly! I’d love to chat more with you. Email me at [email protected] or call – 214-523-5203.

      • RompingWillyBilly

        Thanks for being the first to be impressed with the point. There are very few cities on earth that, when every level of the industry is taken into account, can match the dynamic retail market of Dallas. I received some insight into just how dynamic it is reading what Brian Bolke had to say about the early eighties. He said Forty Five Ten today was intended to be a condensed version paying homage to all those shops that once lined up along Lovers Lane. Specifically, this is the little shopping district of the Miracle Mile located east of the Dallas Parkway in University Park. Yet, all that former glory has now moved on southwards to locate in Highland Park Village! While one of the most special retail pinnacles on earth has to be where a Neiman Marcus department store meets up with NorthPark Center, it would anchor Preston Center before then!
        As those six former luxury department stores in Far North Dallas have all either been demolished, remodeled, or relocated, the retail in central Dallas has since come roaring back to life!
        People in Dallas seem blind to this lightening in a bottle. Pound for pound, when it comes to retail, there is no place like Dallas.