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Pockets Menswear has been reborn.
This story first appeared in the October 24, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Five months after closing its Highland Park Village store after nearly four decades in business, the upscale Dallas specialty retailer has reopened under new management in the Plaza at Preston Center, about two miles away from its former home.
The shop is owned by Doug Duckworth, who had worked with David Smith, the original Pockets owner, for 36 years, and Andy Weil, who had been with the store for nine years. Smith, who founded the business with his wife Margaret in 1974, sold the name to Duckworth and Weil for “a very good price,” Duckworth said, and is no longer involved.
The Highland Park Village store was closed on May 25 and its lease was sold to Ermenegildo Zegna, which shares the 6,000-square-foot space with Brunello Cucinelli, Duckworth said.
He said with the exception of Zegna, the store carries the same luxury brands that helped the original Pockets achieve success. This includes Luciano Barbera, Canali, Eton, H. Freeman, Zanella and Incotex in clothing and furnishings and Agave, J Brand, Gardeur, Boglioli, Citizens of Humanity, Hamilton Shirt Co. and John Smedley in sportswear. One addition is Oxxford clothing, he noted, “but we have the same direction in clothing and sportswear.”
He said after 39 years in the Dallas market, Pockets had “developed a great clientele.” Since the store opened its doors less than two weeks ago, business has been good as former shoppers visit the new location. “Before we left, we told them what were planning to do,” Duckworth said. Since then, the store has been communicating through e-mail and public relations efforts and is also benefiting from word-of-mouth, he said.
The official grand opening is planned for the second week of November.