It started as a clever excuse to catch up and swap family stories, but when sisters Tori Gonzales and Desiree Cox began creating jewelry while spending quality time together, their casual craftsmanship turned into an opportunity.
Much like their line’s personalized goods, the designers remain devoted to an aesthetic that reflects their Texas roots. Who better to take the plunge with the first feature in our new series, (Secret) Local List? Read on as this stylish duo reveals the five destinations that top their list of local loves. Take notes – some of these spots may surprise you!
1. Foodie Favorite: Kicking off the designers’ local tour is the perfect stop for pre-shopping sustenance. “We die for Urban Taco’s three salsa trio,” admitted the self-proclaimed Tex-Mex fanatics.
2. Go-To Boutique: Citing an allegiance to “all things Texas,” Gonzales and Cox proudly shop local. They head to Dallas’ Milk & Honey to source well-priced, on-trend finds.
3. Creative Connection: When it comes to art and furnishings, the ladies explain, “We’re always searching for unconventional décor, and out-of-the-way flea markets have become an obsession.” They’re regulars at booths like Girls Gone Junkin’ at our eastern neighbor Canton’s First Monday Trade Days.
4. Best Buys: Also up for a short road trip in search of inexpensive, one-of-a-kind finds, the girls hit Wichita Falls’ Alley Cat Vintage Mercantile for serious steals. “Our most recent score was a thrifty set of longhorn skulls,” they enthused.
5. I Heart Dallas: Wrapping their list, Klyde Warren Park is a sunny Big D stop for Gonzalez and Cox when introducing visitors to their city. They recommend skipping into Savor to complete the full local experience.
Tori Gonzales and Desiree Cox headshot, credit Daniel Davis. Additional images via retailer and restaurant websites.