If you haven't been to the Design District in a while (or ever), it's safe to say you're missing out. A gold mine of antiques, art galleries, consignment furniture, restaurants and luxury interiors, the area has lately become a home for up-and-coming as well as established fashion retailers.
Find the latest trends and local showrooms this season with our beginner's guide on where to shop in Dallas' Design District, featuring fall style advice from stylists at Front Door Fashion, an upscale women's retail service based in the neighborhood.
At the Front Door Fashion showroom and headquarters, founders Nina Lowe and Andrea Campbell—plus their small staff of professional stylists—are hand-packaging ready-to-wear outfits for style-savvy women all over the country. Campbell and Lowe founded FDF two years ago to help busy women look and feel confident, despite lacking the time to browse the mall or keep up with seasonal trends. Clients who order a FDF box receive one-on-one contact with a personal stylist, then get everything but the shoes shipped right to their doorstep: Six outfits, accessories, a recommended shoe guide and style tips. What's being sent in boxes this fall? According to FDF stylist Carson Carney, it's all about luxe leather pieces and bohemian '70s style—think fringe, suede and funky prints.
A recent addition to the Dallas Design District, Zsofia's Fine Lingerie offers a personal shopping experience and an exclusive inventory of delicate intimates, sleepwear and more. This European-style lingerie boutique From local designer and stylist Zsofia Mezey carries a curated range of styles made to flatter all sizes, and specializes in sizes 30C-38G. Visit the ladies' only dressing room for a private fitting consultation, or stop in to peruse the selection of upscale lingerie, loungewear, bridal garments and more from top-of-the-line labels like Lou, Simone Perele, Fleur du Mal, Mimi Holliday and Heidi Klum.
Chantilly features a multitude of designers that includes boutique founders Chelsea Brogdon and Caitlyn Mullanix. Shop Chantilly's selection of trendy yet affordable women's apparel and accessories, from flowy, feminine dresses and kimonos to tailored shorts and tops (you can also shop online). For a one-of-a-kind look, local customers can schedule a custom garment appointment to have their dream fashion designs brought to life.
Men's fashion label Edo Popken of Switzerland also settled into the Design District two years ago. Known for his limited-edition dress shirts and eco-friendly designs, global menswear designer Edo Popken brings an international aesthetic to the neighborhood's fashion retail scene. More than a clothing store, this Edo Popken of Switzerland also happens to be the brand's U.S. headquarters.
A Dallas original, Mizzen+Main manufactures moisture-wicking, fast-drying dress shirts, polos and everyday attire made from high-quality performance wear fabric, as well as t-shirts and denim. While the products are also sold online or at Saint Bernard, Mizzen+Main's showroom provides a friendly, enjoyable shopping experience (as well as bourbon and other spirits) tailored to suit their clientele, which ranges from professional athletes like Drew Brees and JJ Watt, to businessmen and college students.
Pronounced like "antiques," Anteks is an expansive Design District staple comprising a haven of unique home accents, handcrafted goods and rustic-yet-refined furniture. Owner Jason Lenox sources timeless vintage pieces and quality handmade items from independent artisans that epitomize a genuine, cabin-chic aesthetic.
Among Anteks' fine home furnishings are housewares, wall décor, rugs, bedding and accessories. Anteks makes it easy to upgrade any interior space with a little Southwestern style, whether in the form of cowhide chairs or brightly colored tribal patterns. Anteks is also Dallas' largest retailer of Pendleton blankets (as well as apparel and accessories from the popular brand), which make ideal gifts and add just the right amount of quality and comfort to a space. Visit Anteks' sibling store Anteks Curated for more charmingly rustic gifts and accessories, located at the Plaza at Preston Center.
Again & Again's Leslie Pritchard has a knack for restoring, reupholstering and refreshing the old to make it new again. After scouring antique malls and various consignment shops from around the country, she adds her own artistic touch to everything from wall fixtures and coffee tables to dressers, chairs and chandeliers.
Again & Again also features one-of-a-kind sculptures, artwork and other accessories that can't be found anywhere else. Pritchard's unique stock of stylish home goods ranges from traditional and mid-century modern styles to vintage and contemporary, so if European bronze busts or velvet wingbacked chairs aren't your thing, chances are there's something else that will be.