When one hears the phrase “fashion hub” most likely New York or Paris come to mind, but Houston may very well be on its way to becoming one. In recent years the area has seen a rise in designers, boutiques, and fashion culture in general, and the trend seems to be growing exponentially. In 2010, Houston began hosting its very own fashion week, and the event has continued to expand, attracting even larger names in the industry. From local designers to the internationally acclaimed, we’ve got an impressive lineup of locally based and homegrown Houston fashion designers.
Houston native Jonathan Blake Tinkle began his journey into fashion design at the young age of fourteen, and by the time he turned twenty-one he had launched his own line, featuring a collection of women’s dresses and skirts in the Spring of 2013. His style is timeless, culminating pieces from natural fabrics that showcase an elegant but completely wearable look. He was distinguished on The Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013 and was the youngest member of that class. In 2016 he shifted gears from evening wear to focus more on handbags and accessories, but who knows what the future holds for this bright young talent.
Andrew Drayton was born in New Jersey and raised in Louisiana, where he learned sewing from his grandmother, a master seamstress, beginning at the age of ten. In 2000 he moved to Houston and eventually began working as a fashion stylist for Saks Fifth Avenue. It was here that his passion was reignited and he was inspired to begin his own line, Lord Andrew Couture, in 2011. His designs are inspired by the glamour of “Old Hollywood”, combining the classic graceful lines with his own modern adaptations.
Bukola Itaondon, or Bookey as she is often called, first launched Attollé Clothiers in 2002, shortly after graduating from the Nigerian Law School. In 2004 she relocated to the U.S. and in 2011 she re-launched her line here in Houston. Her styles favor the African Wax Print or Ankara Wax Print styles featuring beautiful patterns made up of vibrant and complimenting colors. She strives to bring a contemporary twist to these classic fabrics and wants “to impact our society with beautiful designs regardless of age, color or size.”
After getting his start in Cleveland, Ohio, David Peck went on to study and work in Paris and New York. In 2010 he moved to Houston, where he would start his own line: David Peck USA. In 2015 Peck rebranded, creating the Miles David line. His new made-to-order collection is hand crafted and tailored to each individual, and each piece is made in-house and with integrity at the Miles David factory in Houston. His attire is known for bold colors, textures, and prints, and his work has been featured in countless magazines and adorned numerous celebrities.
You may know Chloe Dao as the winner of Season 2 of Project Runway in 2006, but her brand is so much more than that. Born in Laos, her family moved to Houston when she was eight years old. Chloe went on to study in New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but after honing her skills she returned home in 2000 to open her own boutique, formerly known as LOT 8. After her Project Runway win, her brand exploded, taking her from local designer to internationally renowned. The Chloe Dao Boutique features many of her own designs, which specialize in evening wear and sportswear that blend sophistication with chic styles designed to work with every body type. Chloe also loves to give back to her community and is highly involved in the Houston arts and culture scene.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this look into Houston’s ever growing fashion scene! Don’t forget to check out Houston Fashion Week when it returns in October, and the next time you are looking for a new statement piece or a beautiful gown for special occasion, check out one of Houston’s own local designers.