In 2014, Karissa Lindsay ran a successful Kickstarter project to scale up production of her women’s clothing inspired by West African Ankara styles. Since then she’s gotten national media coverage for her dresses, skirts, and blouses. She chose the name “A Leap of Style” to encourage women to step out in striking garments that reflected their confidence and sense of adventure. What other Houston designers stimulate your creativity?
Work created by a Houston designer in fashion, graphics, clothing, murals, accessories, printed works, architecture, or… other things you could acquire.
One of the winningest art car paraders is Mark Bradford, known as Scrapdaddy. His 12-foot Mr. Green from 2012, 99% recycled materials, won the top prize. Bradford welds art and mechanical engineering, and his work has been featured in several exhibits. You can visit his Houston studio via video.
Facts every Houstonian should know about Chloe Dao: 1) her parents are Vietnamese but she grew up in Houston, 2) she won the 2nd season of Project Runway, and 3) her first original design was her senior prom dress. Also, she attended UH and HCC but finally graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Why she moved back to Houston: “I researched the retail scene for two years. I was noticing that Houston was finally getting big press in fashion magazines. The market was totally growing, and the fashion scene was growing a little bit more. I decided to move home and open my boutique. The concept of the boutique was a small New York boutique in Houston, Texas.”
Ziegler Cooper’s Cathedral for Houston
For the Roman Catholic church, the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston is the chancery for an archdiocese that encompasses 8,880 square miles and has its 1839 roots in Galveston. In 2000, Houston-founded architecture firm Ziegler Cooper was selected to design a new Cathedral that reflects the modern spiritual values of the community. 73,000 square feet of limestone is piled into muscular shapes, softened by elegant details.
Kimono Zulu is a fashion brand created by Tina Zulu using vintage kimonos and other traditional Japanese attire. Tina invites artists to collaborate in the creation of unique gowns, coats, at-home wear and wearable art. The products can be purchased at Magpies & Peacocks, The Pop-Up Co-op, and many Houston festivals.
*Architects Russell and Rame Hruska*
Intexure Architects Rusty and Rame Hruska not only design custom modern homes and offices, they also invented a new way to build homes from pre-constructed modules, working more reliably, with less waste, and winning a Building Systems Award from the National Association of Home Builders for their startup Boxprefab.
David Peck is a celebrated fashion designer who dresses many of Houston’s brides, socialites, as well as celebrities including Taylor Swift and Kate Bosworth. He has a retail shop next to his Houston factory where all his clothing is constructed. He actively supports the community and contributes to many charity campaigns.
Educated at the Glassell School, Rebecca Lankford launched her jewelry business in 1995. All her pieces are hand-forged at her place, Studio 703 in the Heights.
Founded in Houston in 2004 by Keiji Asakura and Margaret Robinson, the landscape architecture firm Asakura Robinson creates engaging and healthy environments.
Representative projects in Houston include
- Gene Green Regional Park
- The Plaza at Enclave
- Collaborative For Children – Nature Playground