DALLAS — It’s certainly an ironic Texas twist—a Houston retailer noticing a void in Dallas’s fashion mix. Of course, Walter Pye Jr. is not just any Houston retailer. And because the Pye family sports a retail resumé spanning several decades, it didn’t take him long to find the perfect spot and set up shop in Big D.
Pinto Ranch, Pye’s latest venture, opens its doors Nov. 15 in NorthPark Center. The 9,000-square-foot space sequestered neatly between Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York touts “the best” selection of luxury and custom-crafted Western apparel and lifestyle accessories. In addition to the largest collection of handcrafted, exotic boots in the nation, Pinto Ranch will also offer custom-creased and -shaped hats and a full-service saddle and tack shop, as well as luggage, gifts and home accessories.
“Dallas was the natural expansion for our second store,” said Pye, who opened the first Pinto Ranch in Houston 3 1/2 years ago. “We looked around and there’s not a high-end Western store in Dallas. The natural location for us was NorthPark, because it is the premier center in the city. As it turns out, our niche was one NorthPark hadn’t covered yet, so it was a good mix.”
Pye prides himself on serving up the best of the best. Men’s sport coats start at $395, sport shirts average $100, and sterling silver buckles boast price tags beginning at $250. Apparel lines include Cinch Jeans, Coppley, Lucchese, Acorn, Filson, Schaefer, Remy and Scully. Customers can order a design of their choice, request custom engraving or buy in-house stock from silversmiths like James Reid, Chacon and David Dear.
“There are only a few handmade boot [lines] left and we carry them all,” said Pye, ticking off names like Rocketbuster, Lucchese Handmade Classics, JB Hill, Stallion and Old Gringo. “And we actually make saddles in our store.
“The big difference between us and other Western stores is that we start where the moderate, mainstream retailers leave off,” Pye told DNR last week. “We don’t really cross over with, say, a Cavender’s. In Houston, they send customers to us and we send customers to them. The Western lifestyle is Americana and it hits at all economic levels. We have customers who are bankers and lawyers during the week, then put on their boots and jeans for the weekend.”
Pye’s family has been in the retail business since the 1930s, at one time owning six upscale Walter Pye men’s shops, followed by a stint in discount apparel with seven NAL superstores located around the country. When Pye sold the last of the family stores several years ago, he kept his business contacts. “We kept our great relationships with the lots of the clothing lines we used in those days and they work with us now to create [goods] for Pinto Ranch,” said the retailer.
While some bemoan the perceived soft state of the Western industry, Pye doesn’t see it. “All I can say is the Western business is great for us. We have a niche no one is touching and we are actually looking to expand our concept in other cities around the state and nation.”
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)