I’ve just kicked off a new project in Dallas, a perfect excuse (I think) to visit one of my all-time favorite boutiques, Forty Five Ten. Since it opened in 2000, the store has been widely acclaimed for its beautifully curated vision, championed new, cutting-edge design houses, and made the Knox area of Dallas the cool destination neighborhood.
I’m happy to say the store is as luscious as ever – as thrilling as a trip to Colette in Paris. As Vogue described it: “The store has always brilliantly walked the line between a Texan’s innate love of glamour and glitz and a kind of darkly rich Euro idea of dressing up.” Then, there’s the amazing, luxe home collection, a perfectly edited mix of all my favorite brands and some new, interesting artisans. Take a peek:
I lingered over the turquoise jewelry designs, especially these gorgeous, sculptural pieces:
To refuel from my shopping exploits, I stoped at their T Room cafe, for a treat and a front-row seat to the city’s most stylish denizens. It’s no coincidence that Dallas has become a global player in contemporary art, fashion and design. Playing paparazzi is not my thing, but trust me, these folks have a commanding sense of style and native exuberance that are utterly disarming.
Owner Brian Bolke recently expanded his gilded empire with Five and Ten, designed more as a cabinet of curiosities and quite charming. But for me, nothing tops the original – dramatic, luxurious and completely inspiring.
Images by Susan Bednar Long