JUNE IS HERE, which means it's time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Houston and beyond! The month honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, largely considered a tipping point of the gay-liberation movement. Here in H-Town, the city's official celebration has been bumped to July 25 due to Covid-related restrictions — but that just means that you have all summer long to rep your pride. Check out all the colorfully cool tees and more, all of which are available to #shoplocal via independent H-Town retailers!
A NEW, MONTH-long pop-up shopping experience coming to Rice Village for the month of June will ask area shoppers to reconsider "why we buy." Siga, which means "slowly" in Greek, will highlight the sustainable creations of local designers, artists and creative thinkers who are committed to finding new ways of making, consuming and living that are kind to the planet.
The new shop — which was conceived of and organized by Alexia Kazilas of sustainable events planning company Miparea, local lawyer Holly Hughes, and Houston-based apparel designer Isabel Wilson, whose eponymous brand is a favorite of local eco-conscious fashionistas — kicks off with an opening party on Wednesday, June 2 from 5-8pm at its temporary digs in Rice Village (2367 Rice Boulevard). The shop will remain open through the end of the month, Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 6pm.
"The fast-paced fashion industry discards textiles that didn't make it to market. In the hands of these established designers and artists, these and other materials become useful, attractive, and even exotic," said the shop's organizers in a release. "Upcycled and rescued materials close the gap in a circle of designing, making and consuming, so that ideally nothing ends up in the landfill."
The temporary shop, which will operate as something between a gallery and a storefront, will feature a bevy of artisan-made sustainable goods, many of which are made from upcycled and rescued materials, from brands like local dried-floral company Posey, local sustainable lifestyle brand Refinement House, local Latin-America and Mexico-focused handmade homewares site Butaque, L.A.-based vegan accessories brand Hozen, and Houston-based ethically made denim brand Afternoon.
Siga organizer Wilson will also be selling items from her chic, small-batch apparel brand, which features cool custom prints on upcycled textiles, at the month-long pop-up shop. Also available will be artwork by local artists Lauren Moya Ford, Debra Barrera, Dominick Noboa, Sara Kitchen, Lili Jamail, Bradley Kerl and Erin Joyce.
MONTROSE COLLECTIVE, THE massive mixed-use project currently under construction in the heart of Lower Westheimer that'll house 25 unique merchants, chefs and wellness concepts — including the new digs of Houston Public Library's Feed-Montrose branch and the first brick-and-mortar retail store of Houston-based ceramicist Myrna Hagelsieb — has just announced another exciting new tenant.
The 197,000-square-foot campus, a project by Houston-based real estate firm Radom Capital, will open this fall, and will be home to the first Texas store by revered men's performance-fabric clothier State & Liberty. The brand was founded in Boston in 2015 by Lee Moffie, a former professional hockey player, and Steven Fisher, a baseball player, after the two University of Michigan grads grew frustrated with not being able to find form-fitting shirts suited for their athletic builds.
State & Liberty, which now has 15 retail locations throughout North America, has achieved cult-like status among athletes, business professionals and celebrities eager to show off their beefcake bods in the brand's formfitting and moisture-wicking clothing that bridges the gap between tailored dress shirts and performance apparel. After all, what is a beefcake bod worth if it isn't dressed handsomely?
"We've been looking to open in Texas for quite some time and are extremely excited to open our first store at the Montrose Collective in Houston," said State & Liberty co-founder Steven Fisher, in a statement that also mentions how the brand's fabrics are particularly well suited for the warmer climate found in Houston, where perspiration happens with such intensity and frequency that surviving the summer is an endurance sport itself.
"For the past few years, Steven and his team at State & Liberty have been innovating the men's performance apparel industry and gaining a loyal brand following along the way," added Steve Radom, founder and managing principal of Radom Capital and the developer of Montrose Collective. "We are honored that they chose Montrose as the location of their first Texas store."