DALL December 2013 : Page 40

[now in DaLL aS ] DeSign SWoon WorthY From blog to brand, Dallas-based Swoon, the studio (swoonthestudio.com), founded by Samantha Reitmayer Sano, is taking creative collaboration to new heights with a just-launched interiors division headed by newly appointed principal Joslyn Taylor. Together, the design duo is gunning to fi nish their inaugural undertaking as a team—a sprawling Spanish-Revival revamp—by the end of the month. “Swoon is in a unique position at a really exciting time for Dallas to off er truly end-to-end, multidisciplinary design for our clients, from helping visually articulate their brand and identity to designing physical spaces,” shares Taylor. “Our varied disciplines allow us to take a holistic approach to projects that it seems few fi rms are doing right now.” Progressive in its direction and aggressive in its artistic intention, Swoon curates collected spaces bearing the fi rm’s signature aesthetic, which Taylor describes as “organic glam”—a richly textured layering of natural and beautiful materials with seductive shots of brass, crystal, stone and wood. If the product speaks to a luxury consumer, then the work—and the clients it attracts—speaks for itself. In addition to styling window displays and designer trunk shows for chic boutique V.O.D., Swoon creates branding for Dallas Cowboys’ Texas Stadium, and helmed a splashy, futuristic overhaul of a space in its old building for luxury-suite sales. It’s also generated spring and fall accessory lookbooks, among other commissions, for Neiman Marcus; and stamped the white-infused suburban abode of mother-daughter fashion bloggers Judy and Jane Aldridge with a luxe, Kelly Wearstler-like whirl of eclectic-glam befi tting fashion-world elite—by design, naturally. – Jenn Th ornton Brand saVVY From left: samantha reitmayer sano and Joslyn taylor eXtraS, eXtraS! 40 Dall as DECEMBER 2013 photoGraphy by nIcK prenDerGast Warm & Fuzzy Fendi’s Fall/Winter collection was a covetable assortment of fur, with posh pelts festooning everything from shoes to sunglasses. For a smaller dose of fur, the house has released Fendi Buggies , a collection of charms in brightly hued mink and fox, each wearing a distinct expression. Keep your eyes open for the chic motifs peeking out on bags and shoes, too. $580 for the Buggie bag charms; $1,950-$5,700 for bags and shoes at Stanley Korshak –Isaiah Freeman-Schub

Now In Dallas Now

DESIGN

SWOON WORTHY

From blog to brand, Dallas-based Swoon, the studio (swoonthestudio.com), founded by Samantha Reitmayer Sano, is taking creative collaboration to new heights with a just-launched interiors division headed by newly appointed principal Joslyn Taylor. Together, the design duo is gunning to finish their inaugural undertaking as a team—a sprawling Spanish-Revival revamp—by the end of the month.

"Swoon is in a unique position at a really exciting time for Dallas to offer truly end-toend, multidisciplinary design for our clients, from helping visually articulate their brand and identity to designing physical spaces," shares Taylor. "Our varied disciplines allow us to take a holistic approach to projects that it seems few firms are doing right now." Progressive in its direction and aggressive in its artistic intention, Swoon curates collected spaces bearing the firm's signature aesthetic, which Taylor describes as "organic glam"—a richly textured layering of natural and beautiful materials with seductive shots of brass, crystal, stone and wood.

If the product speaks to a luxury consumer, then the work—and the clients it attracts—speaks for itself. In addition to styling window displays and designer trunk shows for chic boutique V.O.D., Swoon creates branding for Dallas Cowboys' Texas Stadium, and helmed a splashy, futuristic overhaul of a space in its old building for luxury-suite sales. It's also generated spring and fall accessory lookbooks, among other commissions, for Neiman Marcus; and stamped the white-infused suburban abode of mother-daughter fashion bloggers Judy and Jane Aldridge with a luxe, Kelly Wearstlerlike whirl of eclectic-glam befitting fashion-world elite—by design, naturally. —Jenn Thornton

EXTRAS, EXTRAS!

Warm & ruzzy Fendi's Fall/Winter collection was a covetable assortment of fur, with posh pelts festooning everything from shoes to sunglasses. For a smaller dose of fur, the house has released Fendi Buggies, a collection of charms in brightly hued mink and fox, each wearing a distinct expression. Keep your eyes open for the chic motifs peeking out on bags and shoes, too. $580 for the Buggie bag charms; $1,950-$5,700 for bags and shoes at Stanley Korshak -Isaiah Freeman-Schub

MARKET

WATCH LIVING LARGE

The 1938 Lakewood home of retailing icon Stanley Marcus hosted some of the most glittering and interesting personalities of the era, including Grace Kelly, Yves Saint Laurent and Eleanor Roosevelt. Even film legends James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor were snapped lounging by the pool while on break from shooting Giant—a photo that remains in Marcus family archives. Designed by Dallas architect Roscoe DeWitt, the house ushered in a modern age of architecture for the city 70 years ago. After Marcus' death, Patty and Mark Lovvorn bought the house in 1994 and, after two years of painstaking restoration by W2 Studio architects, the 10 Nonesuch Road abode now sports a pair of plaques at the front door—it's both a city and state landmark. In October, the Lovvorns put the 9,558-square-foot home up for purchase. Set on 3 acres, it is completely updated, as one would expect, but we love that the original library was barely touched—it still boasts its leather floors, wood-paneled ceiling and built-in bookshelves. $4,990,000, 214.674.3840, daveperrymiller.com —Rebecca Sherman

MOUNTAIN HIGH

Alpine Divine

When it comes to snow gear, function typically bests form. Aiming to change that this winter with a special collection of color-saturated skis and snowboards, Italian label Etro is bringing more splash to the slopes, having boldly reimagined its signature print—a vibrant, ornate paisley pattern that's sure to garner glances on and off the hill. $2,330-$3,050 at Neiman Marcus -IFS

PRESENT-PERFECT

Gift, Wrap!

With only 100 of its luxury timepieces produced each year, Swiss watchmaker Greubel Forsey's watches make the man with everything truly tick. And now that deBoulle has brought the brand's new GMT and Double Tourbillon Technique watches exclusively to Dallas (with a price tag upward of $545,000) he won't be keeping time with anything else. 6821 Preston Road, 214.522.2400, deboulle.com -RS

MaKing news

The viLLagers

They laugh at the idea of being dubbed "the first ladies of Highland Park Village," but sisters Heather Washburne and Elisa Summers have taken it upon themselves to manage a precarious balance of fashion-forward and family-friendly, since the family purchased the shopping center in 2009. Between vying for a Stella McCartney outpost to open, due to their appreciation of both her success as a woman in the industry and her approach to vegan fashion, to sometimes foregoing cocktail parties to include the kids—the sisters hosted a family day at rag & bone (wherein the proceeds benefited Children's Medical Center)—they have all their bases covered. Nurturing the bonds of community, a rarity for a shopping center that Chanel, Hermes, Saint Laurent and Dior all call home, they strategically share the space—lending the movie theater to the Fellowship Church on Sunday mornings, hosting an S.M. Wright Christmas in the Park Toy Drive at the Mockingbird Room, and pairing with TACA for an event that spanned the village. "Having this environment where you feel safe, where you have personal relationships, where the kids can ride their bikes," says Summers of the carefully nurtured milieu, "that's the feeling we want to cultivate in the village." Adds Washburne: "The uniqueness of that was one of the most eye-opening things for me when we first bought in." Now, everyone's buying in. —Nadia Dabbakeh

FAB FIVE

Here's to the Host!

THESE PARTY-HOSTING PRESENTS ARE ALWAYS INVITED. -Jessica Elliott

1. In Charge

For big spenders, Dallas designer Susie Straubmueller's alligator credit-card cases for men come in candy-apple red, blue cobalt or black—and each weathers well with time. $495 each, by appointment through susiestraubmueiier.com

2. Cherry on Top

CherryBombe, the biannual, Euro-style 'zine headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, which stylishly covers women and food—is a feast for the eyes. One-year subscription, $40, cherrybombe.com

3. Cheese, Please

A subscription to Scardello Artisan Cheese's Cheese of the M o n t h club, which provides three seasonal cheeses, is a delicious homage to fromage. $45 per month, scardeiiocheese.com

4. Behold, Beauty

Birchbox is for beauty junkies—ladies and men. Each month, the company mails recipients a sampling of the latest beauty buys. $200 for the Ultimate Collection one-year subscription for women, birchbox.com

5. Toast the host

Made from 100 percent blue agave sourced and distilled in Jalisco, Mexico, Blue Nectar Tequila goes down smoothly. (And we love the bottle.) Silver, Reposado or Special Reserve, starting at $32 per bottie. At Sigei's, sigeis.com

FASHION

HELLO YELLOW!

Merry Vose admits it was "a little impulsive" of her to buy the Fishin' World building on West Lovers Lane, gut it, and create the bright and airy Canary, a refined realm of fashion. But what choice did she have, really, when her clients— who are mostly also friends—begged for more than what Cabana, her beachy boutique a block east, could offer? "People wanted to step up a little more in design, and it just didn't feel right in Cabana, which is casual cool," says Vose, who launched the first shop in her backyard cabana before moving it to a bungalow on Lovers Lane. A sleek white cube with hits of Vose's fave color yellow, Canary is stocked with statement dresses and furs, trendy shoes and accessories, and low-key-yet-luxe shirts, jeans and trousers. Only one of each style is displayed, creating a clean appearance supported by abundant open space and a thickly striped black-and-white hardwood floor. Additional sizes and party frocks Vose tucks away for private visits are arrayed in her "dream closet"—the stockroom. Canary's collections boast range, including affordable Anniel's adorable Oxfords, extravagant Peter Pilotto's boldly printed dresses, and the must-have Crippen's slouchy trousers. For spring, Canary will live up to its name with looks in bright, happy hues including Roksanda Ilincic's vivid dresses and sportswear, which Vose describes as "kind of edgy-lady." Canary, which opened in October without a sign in front, welcomes shoppers 9AM to 5PM, Monday through Friday, to Cabana's still signless 15 hours a week. "I'm gonna have to have a sign—maybe," says Vose, who pedals between boutiques on a yellow Schwinn Legacy bike. Meanwhile, just look for the white brick building with canary-yellow accents. 4609 W. Lovers Lane, 214.351.4400, shopcanarydallas.com —Holly Haber

METAL EDGE

Pretty in Punk

Garnering a supremely cool fan base of "it" girls with his spiked baubles and bold geometric shapes, Eddie Borgo clearly has the edge. And while the style set eagerly await the designer's next move (Marchesa and J.Crew are some previous collaborators), he offers up his first fine jewelry creations—a lust-have set of matching cuffs in solid 18K gold representing, he says, "a synthesis of our most coveted signature silhouettes... They are truly unique." Golden child, indeed. $65,000 each, by special order at Neiman Marcus —IF

RIDES

Beep, Beep

We've seen a lot of Dallasites scooting around town on colorful Vespas as of late. Make them all green with envy with the entirely new model. After more than six years, Vespa USA has released the handcrafted Vespa 946; what they're calling the "most well-equipped, styled/designed and technologically advanced Vespa ever." It certainly is the sleekest, with its delicately stitched leather handle grips, aluminum handlebars (for the first time in Vespa history) and mounted seat. Be the first to zip around on this jewel. $9,999, Vespa Dallas, 4714 Greenville Ave., 214. 361.1030 -ND

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