Vintage-style furnishings and light fixtures decorate the store.Setting Original Octane apart from the crowd, first and foremost, is its focus on apparel. On the Knox Street side of I-75, furniture and décor stores dominate the strip. Though clothing can be found across the highway on Henderson Avenue, an emphasis on premium denim and modern, trend-driven labels carves out a special niche for this store in the neighborhood as a whole.
Zebra blouse by Fifteen-Twenty ($172),
Print blouse by Amanda Uprichard ($195), Tie-dye silk tee by Akiko ($185)Says Varona, “We try to source what we believe is best-in-category.” This translates to a tempting (if pricey) selection of independent labels, some only available in Dallas at Original Octane. On the women’s side, lines include Amanda Uprichard, Jonano, and Neuw Denim from Australia.
Denim prices range from $150 - $500.Denim, in fact, is a major obsession at Original Octane. Not only does the store carry many premium, as yet under-the-radar brands, but they’ll tailor your pair on site. All staffers are trained to use a “Union Special” industrial finishing machine, which hems to exacting standards.
At center, a 100% cashmere sport coat by Scott James.Also appealing is Original Octane’s men’s department. An equal amount of care and attention is paid to the guys here, and they will enjoy browsing such emerging brands as Field Scout, Scott James, and Descendant of Thieves. In bottom line terms, Original Octane is all about the details, including a unique, thoughtful selection and attentive customer service. Here’s to Knox Street’s well-dressed new addition. Original Octane is located at 3120 Knox Street in Dallas. For more information, visit OriginalOctane.com. (Lead photo, credit Original Octane. Inset photos, credit DFW Style Daily.)