As a local fashion reporter, I get to speak with a lot of designers and artists -- perks of the job. Being invested in the success of Houston's emerging designer community bleeds into my daily life as well, and I find myself frequenting shops that support local talent; maybe it's penance for my H&M addiction, too.
Texas has in its ranks some of the most talented artisans and I appreciate those shop owners looking to showcase their wares. Here are a few Houston boutiques that make it a point to give some Texas love.
Just about one of the cutest stores in the city, Hello Lucky isn't just a store but an experience. Opened by Teresa O'Connor smack-dab in the middle of the Heights, this specialty shop is overflowing with works from a myriad of Texas-based artists, including Angie's Sweatshop, known for their snazzy skirts, work by illustrator Lisa Chow, and art jewelry by Monique Weston.
Think Soho meets Venice Beach and you get Sam and Lilli. The West Ave boutique has become a Houston favorite since its opening in 2012, and it boasts a healthy list of local Texans in its designer ranks. Capsule jewelry collection Brass Threads by Lilah Gabriel, rings by Sweet Suri and handbags by Shanaz Designs round out an accessories collection to die for.
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Stationed on Almeda Road near Southmore Boulevard, Melodrama is on the hit list for anyone in love with high-impact fashion. Found on their shelves are pieces from local designers Andre Redou, Karissa Lindsay of A Leap of Style, and Onyii Brown's Onyii & Co. Boutique owner Jackie Adams took her support of Houston designers to the next level with the launch of her co-op/consignment program this year. My Flaming Heart
Reserved for the curious and those comfortable living off the beaten path, My Flaming Heart is THE place. Brimming with unique vintage clothing, jewelry and gifts, the one-of-a-kind boutique is not for the faint of fashion heart. Works by local artisans Y.E. Torres, jewelry maker Debbie Sakach and shop owner Judy Masliyah fill this Midtown gem.
Designed by owners Leila and Carlos Peraza to be a platform for creatives based in the U.S., Space Montrose carries more than 130 artists, half of whom are local. The 1,200-square-foot space is an eclectic mix of gifts, stationery, home goods and accessories, some of which are one-of-a-kind. I wish I could name all of the talent represented, but the list would get kind of long and I really can't pin down my favorites. You just need to check it out.