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A Blow to the ‘Made in Dallas’ Garment Business

D CEO managing editor Danielle Abril reported last night that Dallas-based clothing line Foremost is moving its manufacturing to Los Angeles. You might remember that just last June, in the pages of D Magazine, Foremost founder (and twotime EarBurner podcast guest) Matt Alexander was featured in an article highlighting a small-scale renaissance of garment production in the Design District:

Alexander’s idea for Need came to him during a pub chat in London, and Foremost was only an inkling until a visitor to his Dallas office said that he was planning to manufacture men’s pocket squares here. “I knew there was a pressing demand for affordable men’s and women’s clothing, but I had thought that we’d have to produce maybe 3,000 copies of each garment and go to Atlanta or L.A.,” he says. “When I learned that garments were still being made in Dallas, I asked him, ‘Can they do 100 of these?’ It all kind of came together then.” 

Matt Alexander’s discovery that the city’s decimated and nearly invisible garment trade still had capacity held out the promise that he could make money if he could find the people who still make not plans, but things. He found a world populated by scarred and aging veterans of the industry and by the rank young upstarts who have moved into its ruins.

So apparently the veterans and the upstarts couldn’t produce cheaply enough to keep Foremost a going venture. Do we need to retract our article?

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Ask John Neely Bryan: There’s No App Superior to a Night Out in Dallas

Question: Camden decided a few months ago to stop accepting all resident parcels. Is it not our god-given right to compulsively shop on Amazon? What if other Dallas business/residential properties follow suit? Where would all of the city’s packages go? Local FedEx and UPS locations certainly don’t have the bandwidth for all incoming items to just stop at their local drops. Right? — Chelsey P.

I am continually astonished, confounded, damn near bewildered to encounter once again a prime example of just how lazy you 21st-century folks have become. You have the high privilege of living, working, and playing in the greatest city God ever gave man, and you’d rather just stay inside ordering footwear from Zappos? Instead of taking advantage of the loveliest of evenings while nestled within the bosom of the fraternity of your fellow man, you prefer the life of an agoraphobic?

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Matt Alexander Makes the Case for Buying a Hat

If you’ve been around our site much, you probably know Matt Alexander’s name. He showed up in this story about garments made in Dallas. He’s been on the podcast a couple times. This week his company turned two years old. It’s called Need. It’s an online store that sells a different curated collection of manstuff every month. Have a look at the anniversary collection that went up yesterday. There’s some good stuff. But in particular, I invite you to read Matt’s pitch for the hat he’s selling. As someone who has struggled to write ad copy himself (my work for BC Powder was ahead of its time), I thought it was pretty well-done:

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At 50, NorthPark Center Looks Better Than Ever

In an age where many shopping centers have suffered the fate of transforming into community colleges or pseudo-churches, NorthPark Center has seemingly found itself expanding towards ever-greater success. The most significant milestone in its history — the turning point at which the mall transformed to embrace a new era of retail — was its 1.2-million-square-foot, $250-million expansion in 2006.

NorthPark has long striven to cultivate a sense of a community among those who shop its 2 million square feet. Even after bringing more egalitarian offerings (such as a multiplex and food court) into its mix, the mall has continued to choosily curates its store selection — boasting a number of exclusive Dallas-Fort Worth outlets of major brands. Similarly, the mall monitors underperformers, with stores such as Forever 21, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Hollister, leaving  within the next 16-18 months.

As NorthPark prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday, let’s reflect upon the stores that represent the mall’s strong foundation and those emblematic of its 21st-century evolution.

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NorthPark Celebrates 50 Years With 50 Days of Giving

There was a big announcement at NorthPark today. We dispatched intern Britt Stafford to witness the proceedings. She reports. You decide:

August 19 isn’t merely another day to shop at the NorthPark Center. This year marks a special milestone. Under the red beams of a Di Suvero sculpture stationed in one of the mall’s many atriums, Nancy Nasher gave her remarks to celebrate the shopping center’s 50th anniversary and announce the launch of a new initiative. To celebrate its success as of one of the top malls in the country, NorthPark will donate to 50 North Texas nonprofit organizations over the next 50 days. NorthPark has also entered into a partnership with Communities Foundation of Texas and will host the organization’s North Texas Giving Day on September 17. Sorry shoppers, no freebies for you.

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How Will the City Council Settle the Preston Center Skybridge Battle?

In case you haven’t noticed, Preston Center basically sucks. If you want to know why, read this piece by the Dallas Observer‘s Eric Nicholson. Long story short, the decrepit parking garage in the middle of the development is owned by the city of Dallas, and all of the 70-odd property owners in the vicinity have usage rights. This highly fragmented ownership also impedes the area’s redevelopment.

Enter Harlan Crow.

Earlier this year, Crow proposed building a skybridge at Preston Center West to connect a new Tom Thumb grocery store to the adjacent parking garage. Even better, Crow proposed spending more than $1 million to renovate the garage and make it handicap accessible. As with every other new development proposed in the vicinity within the last year, however, it quickly became mired in controversy, with former mayor Laura Miller leading the charge, stating that a new grocery store “would only add to congestion,” and that “the oversized sky bridge … will cast a big shadow over an area that will now have obstructions in the sidewalk…”

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New Podcast: Need’s Matt Alexander on Men’s Fashion and His Brief Pro Rollerblading Career

On Thursday, Matt Alexander, whom D CEO called one of the “New Faces of Dallas Tech” in its January-February issue, stopped by the Old Monk to talk about his online fashion ventures and to berate American youth for their lack of proper knowledge of English soccer. Alexander is an SMU grad who grew up in London, but he’s also an American citizen, so Zac decided to put that citizenship to the test. Listen to find out how.

First, a few notes on the episode:

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Poll: Where Is Dallas’ Most Difficult Holiday Shopping?

Tis the season for driving around for half an hour to find a parking space, trying not to take an elbow to the face as you navigate through crowds, and counting your blessings if you’re lucky enough not to have a little one who requires you stand in an interminable line to meet Santa.

There’s much to love about the holidays, but there is also much to despise about the consumer warfare that accompanies the season. Which area shopping center do you do your darnedest to avoid this time of year?

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Top 10 Names Rejected by Gwyneth Paltrow for Her Pop-Up Store in Dallas

You’ve probably heard the news by now that Gwyneth Paltrow will open a pop-up store at Highland Park Village. It will be called GOOP. While the DMN says it is unclear whether Paltrow will make an appearance at the opening, I’ve heard from someone involved with the project that she will be there (take it to the bank). Anyway, here are the top 10 names she rejected before settling on GOOP:

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Forty Five Ten Will Open a Flagship Department Store Downtown in Fall 2015

Forty Five Ten owner Brian Bolke has partnered with Headington Companies. The luxury fashion boutique, currently located at 4510 McKinney Ave., is aiming to be packed up and moved to new digs on Main Street across from the Joule in fall 2015. The new storefront will offer multiple levels of retail (approximately 45,000 square feet of space) and a rooftop venue space, fitting for the soirees the store throws for visiting designers. The T Room lunchers, don’t fret. The beloved cafe will have a home in the new space, too. Bolke says he’s looking forward to the collaboration among Headington, the designers, and the shoppers in stocking the expanded space.

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Breaking News: Neiman Marcus Locates Its Luxury Retail Stores Near Rich People

Would you believe that Dallas-based Neiman Marcus appears to intentionally open its shops near the highest concentrations of the wealthiest Americans? I know, I know, but Wealth-X (a ultra high net worth (UHNW) prospecting, intelligence and wealth due diligence firm) studied the matter and arrived at that conclusion. They’re not talking about your run-of-the-millionaires. They’re only concerned […]

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