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Society / The Seen

Houston’s New Cotton Club Gains a Hip Third Life

Hallowed Store Has New Fashion Buddy Owners

BY // 09.26.17

If indeed the third time is the charm, the Cotton Club Collection is headed for greatness. Since purchasing the hip retail boutique on the edge of River Oaks in February, the shop’s third round of owners, Jennifer Cunningham and John Maguire, have been transforming the hallowed space into a contemporary riff on the store founded by Terrell Swan in early ’80s.

Working to maintain the boutique’s comfortable DNA, Cunningham and Maguire are maintaining the grasp on labels including Lilith, Porto, Sarah Pacini and Stella Caraksi while continuing to scout the globe for lines that will be available only at the Cotton Club Collection. Think chic casual.

“We both love color, whimsy, and shine so you will see more of those qualities in the merchandise,” the duo said in a statement. “Given our buying backgrounds (John in dresses and Jennifer in denim,) our clients will find a renewed focus in those departments plus a huge push in accessories – handbags, scarves, and footwear.”

Cunningham and Maguire acquired the business from Lisa Spain, who decided to retire after running the boutique for 28 years.Their retail creds are compelling — Cunningham as a senior buyer for a decade at Foley’s and Maguire at Saks Fifth Avenue and Lillie Ruben before they both landed as senior buyers for Tootsies. That’s where their friendship was born and a vision for the next chapter of the Cotton Club Collection imagined.

After several months of redecorating and refurbishing that included adding a new roof and siding, new paint and artwork and new furnishings — all with the store open — the pair tossed the doors open for a “new store reveal.”

Next door neighbor Ouisie’s provided the party foods while DJ Robert Gamble spun the disks. In between taking in the expanded clothing collection, guests were invited to swoon over the jewelry offerings brought in by guest designers Vincent Peach, Fern Freeman, and Aleksis Baltmanis of Todd Reed.

Holiday Gifting

  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Elaine Turner - Felicia Stole in Magenta
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Wayne Smith
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Asher Gallery
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Cotton Club
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Elaine Turner - GiGi Flats
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Cotton Club
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Wayne Smith

Who: April Lykos, Roz and Alan Pactor, Dana Kantalis, Victor Vega, Carrie and Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl, Iman Hypolite, Rhonda Smith, Jana Giammalva,  Mel Poet, Daryl Shorter, Gabrielle Gunn, Betty Auldish, Carrie Chaplan, Bryce Kennard, David Watson, Michelle Garcia, and  Gerry Gibson.

Home, chic home.

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