Forty Five Ten
4510 McKinney Ave. | 214.559.4510
Brian Bolke and his late partner, Shelly Musselman, revolutionized retail in town back when they opened in 2000, bringing some of the world’s best designers, homeware, and a restaurant— T —all under one beautiful roof. You’ll find Proenza Schouler, Marni and Delpozo, to Kelly Wearstler home accessories, and Diptyque candles—and most recently, the goop line of organic skincare.
2418 Victory Park Ln., Downtown | 214.754.0644
Shop owners Jackie Bolin and Liz Thompson were the first to bring a new breed of understated labels to Dallas (and quite possibly to Texas as a whole)—for one, they’re known for their Isabel Marant buy. But they also stock Alexander Wang, Acne, Thierry Lasry, Coqui Coqui candles, and a trove of vintage in collaboration with Archive in Austin. You’ll find Chanel, YSL, Dior, and Hermes.
4711 W. Lovers Lane, Bluffview | 214.674.9928
This store was once literally housed in cabana on owner Merry Vose's property. However, when her covert, by-appointment operation was shut down by the city, she took her fanbase to Lovers Lane. It's equally easy to miss there, which only adds to the allure and sense of discovery upon spotting the unmarked, lavender door. The same mix of pretty, affordable, labels—MiH, Monrow, Steven Alan, Nili Lotan—abounds. Merry has since opened a bigger sister store, Canary.
Emily Summers Studio 54
54 Highland Park Village, Highland Park | 214.521.5454
Celebrated interior designer Emily Summers just opened her own showroom in Highland Park Village, which is a pretty great source for inspiration. Her style is undeniably refined without being cold—lots of gorgeous velvets and other luxe fabrics on nice clean lines.
8300 Preston Rd., University Park | 214.739.7076
At first glance, this looks like it’s solely devoted to evening wear—and evening wear is its mainstay. But these aren’t your average cocktail dresses: Mary Katrantzou, Chloe, and Balenciaga all line the racks, along with Pierre Hardy shoes and a smattering of jewels.
400 Northpark Center, University Park | 214.363.8311
Neiman’s was born in Dallas, and no trip to Texas is complete without a visit to the mothership (there’s the original downtown, and a bigger outpost in Northpark). Here, you’ll experience the sort of service that Stanley Marcus described in his epic book, Minding the Store, which is a must-read for anyone who loves retail. But, we digress: The shoe department here is particularly epic, and dressed models still roam the floors, making it a wonderfully old-world experience.
8300 Preston Rd., University Park | 214.234.0002
Ylang 23 offers an encyclopedia’s worth of jewelry designers (their website is one of the better sources online). Whether it’s tiny stack rings from Jen Meyer or opal-bedecked earrings from Nak Armstrong, they hit every price point.
4609 West Lovers Ln., University Park | 214.351.4400
Merry Vose’s Cabana is a siren song in Dallas for all the women who love pretty, easily wearable labels, and so in response, she opened up Canary—a bigger, splashier store just down the street. The space is equally homey, and filled with a mix of lesser-known finds like Christian Wijnants, SEA New York, and Each x Other.
Highland Park Village
47 Highland Park Village, Highland Park | 214.443.9898
Occupying a sprawling corner of one of Dallas’ busiest thoroughfares, Highland Park Village has been reigning supreme over the Dallas shopping scape since the ‘30s—in fact, it was the country’s first shopping center, and gained historic landmark status because of it. It also has to be one of the country’s fanciest: Stella McCartney, Hermes, Harry Winston, Tom Ford, and Chanel all have outposts here. (It was also home to the goop pop.)
6730 Snider Plaza, University Park | 214.360.9001
Operating out of the same airy, corner space since 2000 (the business goes back to 1997), husband and wife Sebastian and Kobie Ahmadi have been showing prominent international designers from Tom Ford to Matthew Williamson in their beautifully appointed, whitewashed showroom. They are often the first to get new and interesting labels (particularly since Barneys shuttered its doors in Dallas), including Paul Andrews.
4445 Travis St., Knox / Henderson | 214.443.0609
Grange Hall, with its gothic, cabinet-of-curiosities vibe, is the ying to Dallas’ glitzier yang. There’s a pretty gorgeous range of home goods—Ted Muehling candlesticks, Astier de Villate ceramics, Cire Trudon candles—along with really stunning jewelry. They just opened an on-site café too, that serves artfully arranged food and an encyclopaedia's worth of teas. This is inarguably one of Dallas’ very best stores
1511 Commerce St., Downtown | 214.261.4535
The original is on Melrose in Los Angeles; this outpost lives on the grand floor of the Joule hotel. Known for their great eye and fashion-y-but-relaxed finds for women, men, and kids, Kristen Lee and Brady Cunningham’s second location is as delightful as the first. You’ll find familiar labels like Rachel Comey and Suno, along with planters from Kelly Lamb and Karen Kimmel’s modern dream catchers.
Ceylon et Cie
1319 Dragon St., Arts District | 214.742.7632
Michelle Nussbaumer, the interior designer we collaborated with on the goop pop-up, has a not-to-be-missed showroom of her own. The best part is that it is literally packed to the gills, which makes it feel like an amazing treasure hunt. Nussbaumer has nailed a distinctly Texan brand of luxury: You’ll find an eclectic mix of antiques of all ages and styles (her 18th century French tabletop is particularly great), sitting next to African and Middle Eastern tribal relics, Mid-Century modern furniture, and Michelle’s own line of contemporary designs. Anyone in the market for top-quality antiques, including copious varieties of porcelain Chinoiserie, would want to move in here.
45 Highland Park Village, Highland Park | 214.528.8118
Run by interior designer sisters Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford, this shop is one of the cities best resources for great gifts. They carry Baccarat crystal, Mottahedeh ceramics, and an array of kids and coffee table books, but what sets them apart is their personalization service—they’ll monogram, emboss, or engrave pretty much anything. (In fact, they’re doing the monogramming for everything at the goop pop in every conceivable color, including neons.)
Forestwood Antique Mall
5333 Forest Ln., North Dallas | 972.661.0001
In a state known for its antique fairs, you’re bound to stumble across great vintage troves, this one being one of the very best. As its name suggests, it’s an antique mall not a shop, and you should expect to spend some time. You’ll find everything from Murano glass chandeliers, to Art Deco dining tables, to Chinese lacquered everything, to Art Deco dining tables. Bonus: They ship everywhere.