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Some credit the “can do” pioneer spirit for the plethora of creatives that reside in Texas. A wild place back in the day, where folks could try on a bevy of career hats and seek their fortunes unconventionally, Texas continues to embrace those who dream. These designers, most of them born and bred in Texas, channel innovation and invention the Lone Star way.
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With an atelier in the historic Haynes Mattress Factory, once the domain of her grandfather, Cheryl Schulke is a bag maker, photographer, and writer. She began working with leather when she received a cowhide in exchange for some photographs—and...
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3800 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756, USA
As distinctive as the pieces of jewelry she designs, Kendra Scott began assembling her fairy tale-like bijou in her home in Austin a decade ago, as an escape from stress. When friends cooed over her swank necklaces and earrings, she realized her...
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1405 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703, USA
Linda Asaf designs sexy, silhouette-hugging, graceful clothing that harkens back to Hollywood heyday glamour. Mindfully, she adds a contemporary edge to her pieces and, fearlessly, she utilizes some of the most sumptuous fabrics on earth. It’s no...
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Citrine is her favorite color—and as a Texas girl, she isn’t afraid to flaunt it. From Dallas, Lela Rose knows just how to flirt and fashion things, creating fitted dresses in tomato red that flare in just the right spot, and showing women how to...
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1200 W Walker Tunnel, Houston, TX 77002, USA
This Texan sharpened her scope in New York, working as a stylist and fashion editor. But Alexandra Knight returned to Texas, and re-embraced the stimuli that helped form her. An outing to a bayou awash in alligators gave her an idea for her first...
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6127 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77005, USA
Winner of the second season of "Project Runway," Chloe Dao believes fashion is both art and commerce. With her clients in mind, she designs for every occasion, preferring dresses for their no-fuss, zip-it-up-and-go ease. Versatile, ready-to-wear...
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107 S Dean St, Marfa, TX 79843, USA
The lost art of shoemaking gets found in a far west Texas. You might call cobblers Logan Caldbeck and Colt Miller elves for their magic workmanship: they meticulously craft boots in their workshop and store in Marfa, a one-time desert pueblo...
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1202 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Johnny Cash called black the color of rebellion, and Coco Channel harped on its absolute beauty and “perfect harmony.” So it is no surprise that Paris-trained Austin designer Gail Chovan based her entire atelier on the color's virtues. Without...
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1618 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
When it opened in 1907, the Neiman Marcus department store was unlike anything Texas had seen, with opulent furnishings and designer fashions that had been sourced in New York City. The store struck a chord with the newly-oil-rich denizens of...
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214 Earl Garrett St, Kerrville, TX 78028, USA
Lisa Carpenter likes to say that boots are as much a part of a native Texan as a soft Texas drawl. That said, this jetsetter from Kerrville brings Lisa LeCroy, her line of au courant-style boots, to the fashion stage. They brim with the influences...