- March 20, 2013
The relative calm of fashion designer David Peck’s new Upper Kirby studio belies its impressive output. Between his own line, CrOp (which is in its full third season and expanding steadily into new boutiques around the country and in Houston to such stores as Tootsies, Myth & Symbol, and Cunningham & Co) and production of collections for other designers, Peck and his staff are manufacturing 60,000 units per year and are on track to go well beyond that in 2013. The 6,000-square-foot studio contains rows of sewing machines, an enormous central cutting table and racks upon racks of sartorial stunners — some in their finishing stages, some in production and some still barely sketches, waiting to be realized. In front is an open, airy salon where customers can browse the racks of Peck’s ready-to-wear collection and, increasingly, where you’ll find some of the city’s brightest social swans and brides-to-be consulting with Peck for custom and semi-custom creations. It’s certainly a step up from the Montrose garage where Peck was formerly operating. “We’ve grown a lot, and very quickly,” he says. Peck recently showed his Fall 2013 CrOp collection, which draws upon influences from film, to a select group of editors to rave reviews. 3200 Kirby, 713.524.3514; Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm; Monday, Friday and Saturday by appointment only.