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By Debbie AndersonSeptember 29, 2022No Comments


The Lightning Boot from the City Boots Inlaid Collection Photo courtesy of City Boots

LOCAL Design Studios + Gallery turns 5

This specialized shopping center on Fort Worth’s Vickery Boulevard has expanded in number and size since opening in 2017. The eight women-owned businesses not only have inviting retail spaces but also a large warehouse/distribution center and a pop-up spot for guest vendors. Only open on Wednesdays, save for special events, they’ve defied the odds in making the shops a destination for everything from kids clothing to household goods to jewelry and accessories. Celebrate with them Oct. 5 at the studios, and enjoy giveaways, food and beverages.

Lila + Hayes Paige Casey and Amanda Galati lilaandhayes.com

Kori Green Designs Kori Green, korigreen.com

The Bow Next Door Emily Lee, thebownextdoor.com

Fort 52 Calli Galati and Rachel Hausser, shopfort52.com

Clearly Handbags Kori Green and Ro Rynd, clearlyhandbags.com

Ro Rynd Interiors Ro Rynd, rmryndinteriors.com

C+B Furs Collections Blair Cantrell, candbcollections.com

City Boots Lizzy Bentley, cityboots.com

3610 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, localdesignstudios.com

Gucci ready to open its doors

The opening of Gucci’s store at The Shops at Clearfork should arrive at the same time as cooler weather (fingers crossed for both). While construction delayed the mid-September opening of the 4,500-square-foot boutique, Gucci has shared some of the items that will be on offer for men and women, including handbags, luggage, small leather goods, jewelry, watches and eyewear. This is the brand’s seventh store in Texas, and it promises to go big with red velvets, gold iron wall finishes, custom carpet with a wow factor and more dramatic design.

The Shops at Clearfork, 5168 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth, gucci.com

Gucci’s Blondie medium messenger bag in deep red suede comes with an adjustable shoulder strap. Photo courtesy of Gucci 

Dan and Joi LaChaussee of Whidbey Island, Washington, are glass artists. Photo courtesy of LaChaussee Blown Glass

Art Worth: There’s a new festival in town

We’ve always thought that the tree-shaded lawn at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center is an underappreciated venue. Kudos to the organizers of Art Worth, a new fine art/craft festival, for choosing the site for their inaugural three-day event, Oct. 21-23. And for picking a time of year when being outdoors should be quite comfortable. Organizers also get a thumbs-up for enlisting Fort Worth artists, including Nancy Lamb, Lauren Saba (Fort Works Art), Peeler Howell (William Campbell Gallery) and ceramicist Pam Summers, to serve as the show’s jurors. Summers also will have a booth with her own collectible work for sale at the free event. Enjoy classical music, wine, food and more. ArtWorks Foundation, a Memphis-based nonprofit, is the show’s organizer. Check out the website and social media to learn more.

artworthfest.org or facebook.com/artworthfest

Lambert Home gets into the custom furniture business

Following a recent store expansion, Southlake’s family-owned Lambert Home focused on realizing a bespoke furniture line. Interior designer Sarah Lambert and store manager Katie Lambert now are taking orders for the maple-frame furniture — made in North Carolina by generational craftsmen — and promising pieces within six to eight weeks (with some items arriving faster). Dedicated to sustainability, the sisters (who also work with their dad, project manager Don Lambert) note that their heirloom-quality pieces are well designed, affordable and easily customized. “Add a swivel, change a dimension, remove an arm — everything is possible,” Katie says. Select a hardwood frame, choose a fabric (they have new stain-proof options, too) and determine trim and other finishing details. Sarah adds, “It’s easy. And since we designed it, we can help shoppers through the process.”

2787 E. Southlake Blvd., 817-251-0303, lamberthome.com

Beds, sofas, chairs, ottomans — all Lambert Home Custom Furniture pieces can be made-to-order from the shop studio. Photos courtesy of Lambert Home