*A Leap of Style*

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?


Chloe Dao

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.

*Asakura Robinson*

Founded in Houston in 2004 by Keiji Asakura and Margaret Robinson, the landscape architecture firm Asakura Robinson creates engaging and healthy environments.

Studio view

Representative projects in Houston include

  • Gene Green Regional Park
  • The Plaza at Enclave
  • Collaborative For Children – Nature Playground