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Fashion / Style File

Boots on the Ground

BY Laurann Claridge // 12.15.14
photography Kimberley Park

Since 1883, Lucchese has handcrafted boots in the Old World tradition. But, frankly not much had really changed about the Western-style ropers and cowboy boots made here in Texas, until recently. With a Dallas billionaire majority shareholder behind the brand (one who happens to play high-goal polo, too), it was his mandate to hire creative director and branding expert William Zeitz to retool Lucchese’s dated logo, launch the company’s first ecommerce website and introduce a sophisticated, luxury collection of shoes and handbags. A slew of stylish glossies — including Vogue, W, Elle, Harper’s Baazar, GQ and Departures — snatched them up for their fashion spreads. Now comes part two of Lucchese’s rebranding initiative: A stunning new store in Highland Village — Lucchese’s first in Houston — designed by Dallas architecture firm Droese Raney, which created the company’s archetype storefront in San Antonio more than a year ago. The Highland Village iteration, opening mid-December, has a rarefied ranch-house air and offers men’s and women’s footwear crafted from materials ranging from ostrich and alligator to supple calf leathers. There are exclusive styles of Western boots handmade in El Paso, and you can customize your own boots by changing up the toe shape, heel height, exotic skin inlays, embroidery … If you can imagine it, they can make it. But there’s more: Lucchese’s collaboration with Houston’s own Hamilton Shirts, luggage by Filson and belts made in house. Lucchese 4051 Westheimer Road in Highland Village,713.960.1121, lucchese.com.

Leather accessories from the new Lucchese collection.
Leather accessories from the new Lucchese collection.

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