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Houston Home Design Stalwart Moves Into a Stunning New Rice Village Space

Inside the New Mecox

BY // 02.25.19
photography Ana Hop

Ten years after Southampton home design mainstay Mecox debuted its Houston store, founder Mac Hoak and husband/Mecox VP Fred Perkins have moved locations from Highland Village to a stunning new space in Rice Village.

The airy 5,300-square-foot store stocks the full complement of beloved Southampton-inspired furniture, accessories, and luscious upholstery. You’ll find their brilliantly arrayed antiques, found objects, Amanda Lindroth’s collection of rattan wares and Mecox’s PaperCity Design Award-winning private label Mecox Collection, as well.

Hoak opened the first Mecox (then called Mecox Gardens) in 1996 in Southampton, where it quickly became a haunt for designers with homes in the Hamptons. Hoak had been working in finance in Manhattan when he saw a vacant storefront, formerly occupied by a landscaping company, on Montauk Highway in Southampton.

“I was a novice gardener and had a grandfather who loved gardens, so I wanted to do something in that part of the world,” Hoak told PaperCity previously.

He leased the building, and soon added furniture and antiques to the gardening repertoire. Then-unknown young ceramicist Christopher Spitzmiller set up his potter’s wheel in the shop, and Mecox became the first to sell his hand-thrown lamps.

Today, with eight stores across the country, Hoak and Perkins now call Houston home, having settled in to a museum-area 1931 manor house designed by architect J.T. Rather, a John Staub protégé.

Mecox, 2504 Amerhest Street, mecox.com

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