Shannon Hall, Vanessa Riley, Marcus Sloan, Erica Page with the pony unicorns at Sloan/Hall's 20th anniversary fête.
Debra Rockman, Parker Hall
Deborah Elias, Bubba McNeely, Roseanne Rogers, Vanessa Riley with Peace, Love & Ponies
Lauren Taft, Libby Cagle, Bubba McNeely
Terry Wayne Jones, John Cone, Greg Fourticq
The ultimate party guys Shannon Hall and Marcus Sloan
Cathy Echols, Beth Muecke
DJ MentoZ Fresh
Chelsea Navarette, Patrick Roswell
Alan & Roz Pactor, Vanessa Riley
Honey with a hydrangea headdress
Wild and crazy fun at the Sloan/Hall 20th anniversary party. Instagram photo
Topless, tatoos and a kilt, seriously. Instagram photo
The invitation to Sloan/Hall‘s 20th anniversary celebration promised that it would be “fun and kooky.” And, by god, it was. Think unicorn ponies, feather boas, topless men in kilts and a clutch of the city’s hippest fashionistas. This was not your typical fashion boutique blast off.
But then few, if any, would expect the norm from Shannon Hall and Marcus Sloan, who have pushed the fashion envelope almost since the beginning of their retail careers that began in San Antonio 24 years ago. And how their shop world has changed since first opening a gift and card shop three hours west of their River Oaks location.
“It was always our plan to be in Houston,” Hall told PaperCity before the party hit the 9 pm start time. “We decided to learn retail in a smaller market and then come here.”
While Houston style icon Vanessa Riley was creating the lavish, flower-decked pen for her rescued miniature ponies (Peace, Love & Ponies) in a shop corner, Sloan dished on the store’s evolution. “When we started,” he said, “you ran in. You got a gift. You got a card. The gift was wrapped and $50 or $60 later you were done.”
And the move to fashion? “Women drove our business so we responded to that.”
Today, Sloan/Hall carries 16 fashion-forward ready-to-wear labels, 40 jewelry designers and gift selections. Granting that their merchandise is “out of the box,” Hall explained that they are indeed “pushing the envelope with a lot of clients and they’re willing to go on the journey with us.”
In celebration of their two decades of Houston success, the fellows entertained more than 150 devotees and friends who sampled specialty cocktails from Treaty Oak Distillery and crowd-pleasing bites from shopping center neighbor Armandos. Ratcheting up the energy with his spins was DJ MentoZ Fresh. Of course, the best entertainment of all was selfies with the “unicorn” ponies, feather boas and unicorn hats included.
Party animals: Bubba McNeely, Cathy Echols, Beth Muecke, Fritz McDonald, Greg Fourticq and John Cone, Vivian Wise, Debra Rockman, Parker Hall, Erica Page, Mike Denney, Roz and Alan Pactor, Erin Florescu, Beth Muecke, Terry Wayne Jones, Libby Cagle and Lauren Taft, Roseann Rogers, Chelsea Navarette, and Patrick Roswell.