If you're a regular reader of our blog here, you know there's been a lot of activity in the Dallas Design District over the last few months, heck, over the last few years. New businesses have been popping up throughout the neighborhood and if it isn't already, the Dallas Design District is on its way to becoming one of the best shopping destinations in the city. Here are some new shops/showrooms you may have missed but are worth a visit during any spring shopping you may have planned.
Chantilly Chelsea and Caitlyn, the duo behind Chantilly, are trailblazers of a sort. One of the first apparel retailers to set up shop in the Design District, Chantilly is bringing a different kind of design to the Design District. At Chantilly clients can shop the store's carefully curated inventory of wholesale items or meet with one of the talented designers to have something custom-made, whether its an evening gown or a cocktail dress.
Carlyn Ray Designs We wrote a little bit about Carlyn Ray when she set up shop in the Design District a few months ago. Ray, who moved back to Dallas last year after an extended absence, has made a career out of her passion for glass. After studying with the master, Dale Chihuly, among other things, Ray is back in Dallas full-time with a workshop and studio on Irving Boulevard where guests can see Ray's glassblowing in action, commission a piece of their own, or purchase a piece from her gallery.
Morgan Allen Designs Run by husband/wife duo Ashley Cox and Blake Penn, the Morgan Allen Designs storefront on Howell Street features the designer duo's jewelry designs along with their unique home decor picks, vintage finds and more. If you haven't had the chance to stop by during one of the Howell Street socials, its certainly worth a visit.
Natural by Design Pummer's Natural By Design recently moved to a pretty sweet spot over on Vantage Street. The live work space is the perfect way to showcase the shop's Samina beds, an expensive, but from what I hear, guaranteed method to change the way you sleep. The Pummer's also represent Lambert, a German furniture and accessories design company which creates beautiful handcrafted, natural products.
Art of Old India Although not new, we're including the Art of Old India for something else that makes it worth a visit. 40th anniversaries are nothing to take lightly, and Art of Old India certainly can't be accused of doing so. The shop is celebrating forty years in business in Dallas this year by rolling out new collections of colorful, intricate design collections. First up? Beautiful mother of pearl inlaid furnishings (see above). Stay tuned for what comes next.