Style

Matthew McConaughey’s Favorite Austin Clothing Store Makes a Big Statement in Dallas

Austin-based Stag Provisions for Men, which opened in a temporary Knox-Henderson location in 2014, has unveiled a permanent, roomier Dallas locale on Cole Avenue that appeals to the confident, laid-back gentleman (Johnny Depp and Matthew McConaughey are customers). Conceived in Austin by owners Don Weir and Steve Shuck, the store pairs high with low, mixing Read

Stag Provisions counts Johnny Depp and Matthew McConaughey among its clientele.

The Queen of Prep-Chic Roars into Dallas: Palm Beach Style Is Here

When we think Palm Beach, three things come to mind: The Breakers, CZ Guest poolside photographed by Slim Aarons, and socialites swathed in colorful prints invented by the queen of prep-chic, Lilly Pulitzer. The late Mrs. Pulitzer’s brand evolved in the ’50s after she designed a patterned dress to hide the orange-juice stains often acquired Read

Lilly Pulitzer's Cosmos romper

Houston’s Hottest New Stores: The Ultimate Shopping Cheat Sheet — from River Oaks and Beyond

Editor’s note: The shopping scene in Houston is forever changing — and growing more upscale. It’s hard to keep up with all the new stores and big events. But don’t worry, PaperCity has you covered. Jeweler John Hardy opens its first proprietary U.S. store in a 1,000-square-foot space in River Oaks District this September. Luxury neighbors include Tom Ford, Dior, Read

Jo Malone is now open in River Oaks District.

In Defense of the Diamond: Houston’s Jewelry Princes Scoop Up Two Storied Stores — Employees and All

If he who has the gold rules, then Tenenbaum’s Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black are next in line for the throne. Houston’s anointed princes of gilt have just expanded their fiefdom by scooping up notable vintage jewelry merchants Past Era Fine Antique Jewelry and Queen of Heirs. This is hardly a surprise, considering Tenenbaum’s sizeable investment in Houston to date: Bradfield and Black Read

New partners: Tenenbaum's Kevin Black sits with Past Era's Marion Glober.

California Meets Texas: Duo Behind Knox-Henderson Boutique Has You in Mind

by Gabriella Bradley
photography Imani Chet Lytle

What’s in a name? Esther Penn, the treasured Fort Worth boutique with a brand new storefront in Knox-Henderson, derives its moniker from the streets its co-owners grew up on: Alyson Johnson on Esther Street in California, and Kacey Cargile on Penn Oak in Arlington. The boutique’s offerings are a cool fusion of Johnson’s California roots Read

Esther Penn's second shop is now open in Knox-Henderson.

Interiors

A German Soccer Star’s Furniture Company Kicks Into Dallas With High-Tech Fabrics

Last month, Germany-based furniture company Dedon opened its first Dallas showroom in Dallas Design District. A Houston location opens in late July, as part of a national rollout that includes Boston, Chicago and Miami. The 2,700-square-foot Dallas showroom includes an exterior courtyard to showcase the sought-after Orbit XXL daybed and hanging NestRest seating. Dedon was Read

Dedon Barefoot Luxury Outdoor Furniture, featuring Lou lounge
system, Mbrace lounge collection, Fedro floor rocker, Porcini
table collection, Dala lanterns and Mangrove table

Lighting the Way: A Top Dallas Store Adds Houston Illumination to Its Lineup

Gallerie Noir owner Melissa Enriquez has added Kelly Wearstler’s full collection of lighting to a lineup of enticements that includes Lucite furniture from Alexandra Von Furstenberg, sleek tabletop and lighting from Billy Cotton and candles featuring the work of  Jean-Michel Basquiat. Wearstler’s 100-piece collection, designed for Houston-based Visual Comfort, includes table and floor lamps, sconces, Read

Arts

Leaving Dragon Street Behind: A Dallas Art Power Couple Jumps to a Space Designed By a Renowned Architect

After two decades and two locations, gallerists Missy and Burt Finger have pulled ahead of the pack with a new Design District spot for their respected Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery. This spring, the duo jumped from a sea of Dragon Street dealers to a truly prime place directly across from the Dallas Contemporary — 3,800 Read

Burt and Missy Finger (Photo by Don Netzer Photography)

Dallas’ Most Interesting New Art Space: A Giant White Cube Transforms an Old Warehouse Into a Marvel

After 30 years in Deep Ellum, one of Texas’ most respected dealers begins a new chapter. Not only has Barry Whistler joined the ranks of Design District gallerists, but he’s also on the leading edge, with an aesthetically avant-garde program that never verges on the trendy. Decades before authenticity was the buzzword, his eponymous gallery Read

Barry Whistler with Linnea Glatt's "Together," 2016 (Photo by James Bland)

The Mistress of The Menil: The Surprising Story of the Woman At the Front Desk of the World’s Most Vaunted Private Collection Museum

photography Jack Thompson

Thelma Smith does not hold showy academic honors or boast a high-profile history of curatorial accomplishments or museum directorships. Nonetheless, her role in the Texas art world and the American museum realm is significant: This pleasant, intelligent woman oversees the front desk of one of the world’s most vaunted museums, The Menil Collection. Over coffee and a subsequent email conversation, we queried Miz Smith about her Read

Thelma Smith is for many the face of The Menil Collection.

The Menil’s New Woman in Charge: America’s Most-Watched Museum Director Opens Up on the Challenges of Her Houston Return

We posed four questions to Dr. Rebecca Rabinow, The Menil Collection’s newly appointed director — the first woman to helm this very vaunted, world-renowned museum. Over email, we caught up with the Houston-raised scholar, who arrives from a plum spot at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a parallel path set by the Museum of Fine Read

Dr. Rabinow at The Met's Impressionist galleries. (Photo courtesy The Met)

The Return of a Master: James Surls Gets His Own New Place in The Heights

It’s time. “We’ve been thinking about this for quite awhile. It was time James had a presence again in Houston,” confides Gus Kopriva, a partner in an art venture that proposes a new model for representing a senior master. Kopriva is referring to the mighty James Surls, who’s considered the founder of the Houston contemporary art scene as we know it, Read

Gus Kopriva and Linda Clarke at Clarke & Associate’s showroom for James Surls. (Photo by Max Burkhalter)

The Pumpkin Lady: A Daring, Surreal Artist Gives MFAH a Texas Coup: Step Inside a New Art Universe

by Catherine Casey

Yayoi Kusama and her whimsical genius have made their way back to Texas. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston welcomes Kusama: At the End of the Universe — the first time the artist’s work has been exhibited in the Lone Star State since a 1997 installation at the Rice University Gallery. Here’s the scene: As you enter the museum, a massive pumpkin Read

Yayoi Kusama, "Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity," 2009, at MFAH

A New Restaurant Makes This Museum Even Cooler: Dallas’ Hottest New Hangout Spot?

The Dallas Museum of Art’s redesigned north entrance, dubbed the Eagle Family Plaza, is the ideal environment for chic idling in the Dallas Arts District. Designed by Dallas-based firms Studio Outside, Hocker Design Group and Morrison Dilworth + Walls, the sleek new main entrance has a steel façade, wood decking and a manicured lawn anchored Read

Rebecca Warren's "Pas de Deux (Plaza Monument)" at the DMA’s new Eagle Family Plaza

Culture

Who’s Your Doddy? An Honest Look at Houston’s Most Hyped New Burger Restaurant

The first thing you notice is the line. It snakes around the side of the building in River Oaks District, 45 or so individuals sporting eager countenances, some browsing on their phones, others chatting with companions. You’d be forgiven for thinking they were queuing for the latest Tom Ford or Cartier creation — but you’d be wrong. These eager souls are braving Read

Beer and a burger is a must at Houston's new Hopdoddy.

River Oaks’ Favorite Gourmet Cafe Is Moving — and Morphing Into a Full Restaurant With Grand Visions

photography Julie Soefer

Relish Fine Foods amassed a loyal clientele during its four years in a quaint gray clapboard building on San Felipe Street, in the Ouisie’s and Janus et Cie nexus. The River Oaks location houses a variety of housemade and locally crafted goods, all masterfully curated for a streamlined shopping experience. Then there are the signature sandwiches and salads (even comfy Rice Krispies treats) responsible for packing Read

Relish proprietor Addie D'Agostino and husband and executive chef Dustin Teague are making some changes.

Parties

Houston’s Top Bloggers and Influencers Make This River Oaks Party an Event — and J. McLaughlin Lives Up to the Moment

WHAT:  J. McLaughlin In-Store Summer Shopping Event WHERE: J. McLaughlin in the River Oaks Shopping Center WHO: Host Caroline Knapp of House of Harper, style blogger Alice Kerley of Lonestar Looking Glass, Alex Carreno of Adorned by Alex, Sarah Jawda and Saba Jawda of Jawda and Jawda, Elly Brown of Uptown With Elly Brown, Valerie Dittner, Read

Ailee Petrovic

A Lyme Disease Eye-Opener for Houston’s Fashion Elite: Posh Patio Party at Tootsies Tackles a Misunderstood Disease

by Mia Davis

What: Tootsies Party on the Patio Benefitting Lyme Disease Awareness. Where: On the patio of Tootsies in West Ave. Who: Hosts Joanie Jacomini Herring, Beverly Jacomini, Tiffany Masterson, and Libby Watts; Founder Cindy Garbs of Divine Design Houston and Tootsies owner Mickey Rosmarin; Armando and Cinda Palacios; Robin Simon, Sharon Worley, and Marsha Tucker. PC Read

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