The Texas-born designer selected a hometown legend for the location of her very first boutique. Read on for the details and a peek inside.
Lela Rose is known for beautifully detailed, ladylike clothing, as well as bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Since 2007, she has also designed a gently-priced line of shoes and handbags for Payless. Dallas-raised and Parsons-trained, Rose selected Highland Park Village as the location of her first retail boutique.
The 600 square foot store debuted quietly November 18th, though an official grand opening party is planned for January (date to be determined). Tucked into the space next door to Molto Formaggio, it evokes a personal studio. Light-splashed walls are adorned with the designer’s sketches, and a cookie jar overflows with Rose’s handmade biscotti.
DFW Style Daily took a tour through the boutique earlier this week, guided by assistant manager Theresa Klein. She highlighted the fact that Rose designs many of her own textiles, and that the store carries a variety of styles in up to a size 16. All garments are made in New York, and if a style or size that a client desires is not in stock, it can often be special-ordered.
Clothing is displayed around the store’s perimeter, and a center table holds accessories and gift items such as tees, belts, and scarves. On our visit, we gravitated to a gorgeous sheath dress ($995, above left) in a Gerhard Richter-inspired print. A wool coat in camel and teal ($1895) also caught our eye. Lightweight but substantial, it would be ideal for stylish layering throughout the unpredictable Texas winter and spring.
Lela Rose is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. At this time, select fall merchandise is marked 30% off (including the camel coat we coveted). The sale will continue while supplies last.
For more information, visit LelaRose.com.
(Photo credits, from top: 1. DFW Style Daily, 2. DFW Style Daily, 3. LelaRose.com)