Forty Five Ten Dallas
1615 Main St., Downtown
Brian Bolke and his late partner, Shelly Musselman, revolutionized Dallas retail when they founded the original Forty Five Ten in 2000. Now no visit to the city is complete without spending a few hours getting happily lost in the latest iteration on downtown's Main Street. You’ll find everything from Proenza Schouler, Marni, and Delpozo to Kelly Wearstler home accessories and Diptyque candles under one spectacular roof. The beautifully renovated industrial-style dark-brick-and-glass building is also home to an amazing art collection—including works by Mario Testino and Bruce Weber, as well as Catherine Opie's 700 Nimes Road—plus an excellent rooftop restaurant with amazing views and an Assouline bookshop.
The Taschen Library
1530 Main St., Downtown
Just inside the art-filled lobby of the Joule hotel, this small library is lined wall-to-wall with gorgeous books from the German publisher. On the weekends, they host a delightfully unfussy afternoon tea (with champagne). While the books themselves are remarkable, the ceilings—tiled with mid-century mosaics by Millard Sheets that were salvaged from the wrecking ball in 2006—are spectacular, too.
1511 Commerce St., Downtown
This shop lives on the ground floor of the Joule hotel. Known for their great eye and fashion-y but relaxed finds for women, men, and kids, Kristen Lee and Brady Cunningham have opened a second location as delightful as their first. You’ll find familiar labels like Rachel Comey and Suno, along with planters from Kelly Lamb and Karen Kimmel’s modern dream catchers.
2418 Victory Park Ln., Downtown
Shop owners Jackie Bolin and Liz Thompson were the first to bring a new breed of understated labels to Dallas (and quite possibly to Texas as a whole)—for one, they’re known for their Isabel Marant buy. But they also stock Alexander Wang, Acne, Thierry Lasry, Coqui Coqui candles, and a trove of vintage in collaboration with Archive in Austin. You’ll find Chanel, YSL, Dior, and Hermès.
1618 Main St., Downtown
Neiman’s was born in Dallas, and no trip to Texas is complete without a visit to the mothership (there’s the original downtown, and a bigger outpost in Northpark). Here, you’ll experience the sort of service that Stanley Marcus described in his epic book, Minding the Store, which is a must-read for anyone who loves retail. But, we digress: The shoe department here is particularly epic, and dressed models still roam the floors, making it a wonderfully old-world experience.