Joyful New River Oaks Retailer to Deliver Kate Spade’s Spirit and Type — Your Sneak Peek at Texas’ First Frances Valentine Boutique

S.The climax of a designer’s death by suicide is a strange, if perhaps even morbid, way of starting a piece of fashion. But when talking about the Frances Valentine brand, Kate Spade, who died in 2018, not only co-founded the line, but continues to be her design inspiration.

Her signature vibrant and playful aesthetic, once only available online, comes to Houston style in the River Oaks District.

“The goal is not just to keep Spade’s legacy alive, but to capture the woman spade could be today, ”remarked FastCompany in a profile at Frances Valentin Co-founder and best friend of Spade Elyce Arons.

When the doors of the new Frances Valentine boutique in the River Oaks District open in the first week of September, it will be Frances Valentine’s first store in Texas. The opening will be followed by other stores in Palm Beach, Sag Harbor and on Madison Avenue in New York City. When it became clear to the company that many fans of the brand still appreciate the personal touch of a shop window, they started out in brick-and-mortar retail. Houston becomes Frances Valentine’s sixth location.

“We visited Houston for a trunk show last February and immediately fell in love with the charming River Oaks District,” Arons said in a statement.

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You don’t know the brand? Frances Valentine stands for brightly colored patterns, bold palettes, brightly colored caftans and a range of pullovers and tunics. The line includes charming handbags, indispensable leisure jewelry, hats and shoes in all variations. The aesthetic is airy, fresh and fun in every way. The selection of home accessories is just as spirited.

“We are very pleased that Frances chose Valentine River Oaks District as the home of their first boutique in Texas, ”says Rosalind Schurgin, CEO of Festival Companies. “Each addition to our dynamic portfolio of global luxury and contemporary designers is carefully crafted to enhance and complement a range of unique offerings while appealing to our diverse, international clientele.

“The feminine, airy charisma of Frances Valentine’s designs goes well with the stylish Houstonians and will resonate with a large global audience drawn to the city’s sophisticated and rich retail offerings.”

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“I definitely hope that there will be a lot of participation this weekend as there are a number of events taking place. The more people shop here on Sundays, the more money we can donate to find a cure for blood cancer, ”said Johnston.

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In addition to the fundraiser, the local Diamond Dogs Food Truck will serve hot dogs in the boutique.

“Diamond Dogs is one of our favorite food trucks, and we actually planned it out before we picked the day for the fundraiser, but it all came together so well. They’ll be serving lunch from 11am to 2pm, depending on how many people show up, ”said Johnston.

Kameron Slusher, founder, owner and operator of Diamond Dogs, hopes to drive more traffic with his food truck.

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“We hope for the fundraiser that we can help bring more people out and give the fundraiser more exposure. This is one thing that matters close to home for me and for many others. It’s always nice to give back and do good together with others in the church, ”he said.

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By Hannah Zedaker

Hannah Zedaker was born and raised in Cypress, Texas. She graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She started as an intern at Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired as a reporter for the Woodlands issue in May 2016 after graduating. In January 2019, she was promoted to editor of the Spring / Klein edition, covering Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development, and transportation news.