DALLAS SHOPPING DAZE
Dallas Shopping Daze - Luxury Travel Magazine
Dallas Shopping Daze
|By: Alanna Bromley, Issue 48 – Spring 2011|
|ALANNA BROMLEY TAKES A WANDER THROUGH THE SHOPPING DISTRICTS OF DALLAS, A CITY ON THE RISE IN THE LISTS OF SHOPPING DESTINATIONS FOR AUSTRALIAN DESIGNER SHOPPERS.|
You wouldn’t expect to find Dallas on a list of International Shopping Destinations for Australians, but with the new Qantas route direct from Sydney (return via Brisbane) combined with the strength of the Australian dollar against the greenback and the fact that this city is flush with designer boutiques and upscale shopping malls, that is changing. In fact, the word on the street is that designer brand shopping in Dallas is less expensive than any other US city right now.
The city is divided up into a series of districts and neighbourhoods, each with its own particular personality and style. North Dallas is the wealthiest part of town, and is where you’ll find two of the city’s luxury shopping malls. Galleria Dallas is just off the Dallas North Tollway and houses over 200 stores and restaurants, not to mention a permanent ice rink and the luxury Westin Hotel. Underneath the glass-vaulted ceiling that was modelled after Milan’s historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, you’ll find designer wares from Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci and Louis Vuitton in addition to the flagship stores of US institutions like Old Navy, Banana Republic and Gap.
Not far from Galleria is the NorthPark Center, the first shopping centre ever featured in US Vogue. While proudly claiming its Texan roots as the second-largest mall in the state, NorthPark Center houses classic fashion labels such as Burberry, Versace and Valentino. Highland Park, the district below North Dallas, is the site of the Highland Park Village which was the first planned shopping centre in the country, and is now a luxury shopping destination that mixes the best international designers, such as Chanel, Christian Louboutin and Hermès, with the most celebrated US brands, such as Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg and Harry Winston.
Travelling southward again and you find yourself in the Knox-Henderson District, an upscale dining and retail area near the Southern Methodist University that has seen a surge in popularity in recent years due to a number of forward-thinking design, apparel and antique stores. Continuing further down towards the heart of Dallas will take you through the Uptown neighbourhood, an historically significant area built around McKinney Avenue. Popular with young professionals, Uptown
Dallas is characterised as an upscale area that stands out in metropolitan Dallas as being particularly pedestrian-friendly. O
ne section of Uptown Dallas is called the West Village which is a retail-residential development frequented by those looking for great restaurants and designer emporiums. One such place is Forty Five Ten, a celebrated boutique that stocks Azzedine Alaïa, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Dries Van Noten. Elsewhere in Uptown Dallas is the Stanley Korshak luxury department store, an independent store considered a Dallas landmark. Here you’ll find the best designer fashion all housed in an impressive Parisian- nspired complex. The store is renowned for being a family-run business that lavishes attention on its customers. Not far from Stanley Korshak lies the V.O.D. Boutique, an expertly edited collection of designer fashion that heavily features contemporary European labels like Vanessa Bruno, Isabel Marant and Jérôme Dreyfuss.
Dallas was also the birthplace to the first Neiman Marcus store, a luxury retail department store that competes with Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York and Bloomingdale’s. It is in Downtown Dallas.
|WHERE TO SHOP|
|Galleria Dallas (North Dallas) – Tous, Saks Fifth Avenue, Michael Kors, Gucci, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Louis Vuitton, Zara, Tiffany & Co.|
Northpark Center (North Dallas) – Neiman’s, Burberry, Barneys, Valentino, Versace, H&M, Stella McCartney.
Highland Park Village (Highland Park) – Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Hermès, Harry Winston, Diane von Furstenberg, Anthropologie, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani.
Knox-Henderson District (Oak Lawn).
Forty Five Ten (McKinney Avenue, West Village, Oak Lawn) – Azzedine Alaïa, Alexander McQueen, Proenza Schouler, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Marni, Givenchy.
Stanley Korshak (Uptown, Oak Lawn).
V.O.D. Boutique (Victory Park, Oak Lawn) – Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, Alexander Wang, Jenni Kayne, Pamela Love.
Neiman Marcus (Main St, Downtown).