Simply put, Dallas is a city of wonderfully nostalgic and cosmopolitan contrasts. Take Deep Ellum, for example, a suburb sure to get your creative juices flowing, whilst neighboring town Fort Worth guarantees to satisfy those childhood dreams of donning spurs, lassoing cattle and striding through saloon doors. A perfect combination of old and new, wouldn’t you say?
At a glance
Described by some as an ‘incubator of creativity’, Deep Ellum provides artistic souls with the opportunity to meander around galleries, interpret public art and join others on gallery walks whilst exhibitions open their doors to all during the spring months.
Dallas may not yet be renowned for its fashion scene in the way we recognise New York to be, but we see this as a perfect opportunity to catch designs, and up and coming designers, early. With countless boutiques and storeping malls to dress your fully-fledged cowboy, boho chic or city dweller we have no doubt that your suitcase will be that bit closer to the maximum weight on your flight home.
What to see
Boutique stores can be found all over the city, and one that we’ve got our beady eye on is Cabana. Situated on West Lovers Lane and identifiable only by its lavender-colored door, Cabana sells one off cashmere pieces and beautifully bright, ethnic jewellery, amongst many other, equally delightful things. Alternatively, Highland Park Village offers fashion and beauty houses whilst simultaneously providing room for new faces. Think Diane Von Furstenberg and Kiehls, but also Billy Reid; GQs 2010 Best New Menswear Designer in America.
Now for your Wild West fix. Once the last stop before the crossing over the Red River into Indian Territory, Fort Worth continues to employ real cowboys and is Dallas’ true historic district. Rodeos, cattle pens, museums and twice daily cattle drives make a visit to Fort Worth an unforgettable experience.
Why we love it
Dallas demonstrates an incredible ability to balance its cosmopolitan, up-and-coming side with its deep Wild West roots, allowing you to encounter Texan traditions without having to chew on tobacco or have The Good, The Bad and The Ugly ringing in your ears. Its vibrant bohemian boutiques mean the dollar signs could be flicking before your eyes, but at least you’ll be dressed to the nines in time for a rodeo extravaganza.