Fashion / Style File

Shopping in a Cloud

A Hip, Quirky Rice Village Store Pops Up in Montrose While Keeping Its Sights Set on the World

BY // 04.25.16
photography Jenny Antil

Traipse through the doors of Rice Village boutique Saint Cloud, and you’re met with countless international commodities. For starters, the name Saint Cloud was inspired by jaunts through France, and the store’s flourishing stockpile, which features everything from caftans to candles to Indie periodicals, touts origins from countries such as Mexico, Guatemala and Morocco.

Of course, domestic artisans also shine, including quirky curiosities like a patch collection from Dallas-based illustrator The Blake Wright.

Saint Cloud co-founders Jessica Rodriguez and Cecilia Marquez joined forces in 2012 after uncovering a shared interest for transporting trinkets from their travels to Houston. The shop launched soon after, in November 2013, providing Houstonians with small luxuries from across the world.

We recently caught up with Marquez to discover what’s next and new for the boutique:

Stocking Strategy. 
I go to market in New York several times a year, but more importantly I still travel quite a bit because I feel that’s how I find the best pieces and lines for the shop. Right now, I’m excited about our new delivery of Moroccan bread baskets and our expanded clothing and kids selections.

Travel To-do’s. 
I am always working when I am traveling, even if it is not strictly for the store. Buying for the shop feels like a natural extension of my love of travel, and my desire to explore. I love visiting countries with rich artistic heritages, such as Mexico, Turkey, Guatemala and Morocco. Sophisticated design is ingrained in their traditional crafts. 

Must-own Inventory.
A caftan, because we’re all about that #caftanlife.

Grown Alchemist skin products make an appearance in Saint Cloud.

Journal Journeys.
We love our Journal. It gives us a way to share the background and narrative of our favorite lines or how we found certain items. I work with our social media manager, Sanaa, to develop the stories and we collaborate on content and images.

It is truly a team effort, as is everything around here. We will continue to feature travel guides and highlights of new lines we bring in, with more frequency in the future.

Saint Cloud City Guide. 
1) We love Lawndale Art Center for their diverse mix of local artists and events. 2Weights + Measures for a delicious cocktails and dinner. 3Tienda X design gallery for major furniture inspiration (and envy). 4Public Services, in the historic cotton exchange building, is the most elegant bar in town, with the most inventive wine list. 5) Catching a play at the newly renovated Alley Theater is a must.

What’s next?
We are launching a two-month pop-up shop in Montrose, starting on Thursday, May 5, and running through the end of June, in collaboration with Matter Creative and Casablanca Living out of Austin. The shop will feature furniture, textiles, ceramics and rugs from Morocco, alongside our own finds from southern Mexico and some of our favorite domestic designers such as Aelfie and Cold Picnic.

It will be at 2608 Dunlavy, next to Brasil, at the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy.  

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