October brings fall fashion, football, and the chance to spend some cash on yourself before holiday shopping season begins. This month's eight great shopping events include the return of a beloved celebrity boutique, limited-edition timepieces that show off school pride, and a signature shopping event that's become a cherished fundraiser for a vital Dallas nonprofit. Grab your handbag and hit these stores now.
Amazon Treasure Truck at FIG
Amazon’s "Treasure Truck" will roll into Dallas as part of a multi-city Electric Beauty Pop-Up Tour, offering a day of pampering and shopping. The interactive beauty-themed experience will feature hands-on demonstrations and product samples from national brands, including hand masks by Aveeno, volumizer styling by Bed Head, 10-minute manicures by Butter London, makeup application by L’Oréal and Maybelline, skin scans by Neutrogena, a braid bar from Pantene, beard trims by Norelco, and more. It all takes place from 11 am to 6 pm October 5 at Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave., Dallas. For more information, visit amazon.com/treasuretruck.
Dior at DMA
If you've been fashionably late in buying a ticket to "Dior: From Paris to the World" at the Dallas Museum of Art, your days are numbered. After its busy summer run and an extension into fall, the blockbuster exhibition that surveys more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s legacy will close for good on October 27. After a wildly successful run at the Denver art museum, the DMA is the only other U.S. venue for the exhibition. But Dallas' presentation is even bigger and fancier, showcasing almost 200 haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photos, sketches, and archival material that profile founder Christian Dior and highlight the work of subsequent artistic directors. It also celebrates the lifelong friendship of Christian Dior and Dallas department store magnate Stanley Marcus.
After a sad departure from Highland Park Village earlier this year, Reese Witherspoon's Southern-style boutique Draper James has made a sweet return to the Dallas area, this time with a pop-up shop at Southlake Town Square. "Pop-up" is a bit of a misnomer, as the boutique will be open for a year, until September 2020. The shop features the brand's newest apparel and accessories, including best-selling pieces from classic dresses and wardrobe staples with a touch of Southern charm. Draper James' easy-breezy styles lean toward shirt dresses, wrap dresses, and midi and maxi dresses. In the past year, they've also launched extended sizing, swimwear, and new footwear. The Southlake store is at 311 E. Grand Ave.
Everlane at Nordstrom
Everlane, the brand known for ethically and sustainably made apparel, is returning to Pop-In@Nordstrom at NorthPark Center, beginning October 4. The pop-up shop-within-a-store will offer a variety of luxury items, from outerwear made with recycled plastic to carbon-neutral shoes and "the world's cleanest denim," they say. The brand was introduced to Nordstrom customers in 2017. Now they'll feature new shades in Everlane’s Grade-A Cashmere Collection ("verified luxury cashmere at a radical price"), as well as a timeless Cashmere Crew in new and vibrant colors like persimmon, pink lipstick, and purple. The shop is also be unveiling Tread by Everlane: The World’s Lowest Impact Sneaker, exclusively in a new lightning yellow shade. Prices range from $16 for a cotton T-shirt to $298 for a double-breasted coat. The pop-up shop will be open through November 17.
Neiman Marcus x Shinola watches for Red River Showdown
Neiman Marcus has teamed up with Shinola for an exclusive watch collection to celebrate the 2019 Red River Showdown — the big football matchup between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma taking place on October 12 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The collection of limited-edition Detrola watches pays homage to the schools with their signature burnt orange or crimson red band, both featuring their logo on the face. Just 250 pieces were made, so Longhorns and Sooners will have to act fast if they want one. Each unisex watch is priced at $395, available online and locally at Neiman Marcus Downtown Dallas, NorthPark Center, and Fort Worth.
Partners Card benefiting The Family Place
Partners Card, the 10-day shopping event and fundraiser for Dallas-based family violence agency The Family Place, will take place October 25 through November 3. More than 750 stores throughout Dallas-Fort Worth will offer 20 percent discounts to those who purchase the $70 card. This year's initiative kicked off at the new Alexandre Birman store at NorthPark Center in mid-September under the leadership of co-chairs Rachel Michell, Nina Sachse, and Stephanie Seay. Over the past 26 years, the efforts have raised more than $19 million to help break the cycle of family violence in the community. Purchase a card and find a list of participating stores at The Family Place website.
Roller Rabbit x Ghostbusters
Roller Rabbit answers the question, "Who you gonna call for cute kids' PJs this fall?". The lifestyle brand has partnered with Ghostbusters to celebrate the hit film’s 35th anniversary — and just in time for Halloween. Oh sure, there are sequined sweatshirts and ghost-themed pajama sets for women and men, but really, the kids' PJs, with their Marshmallow Man motif, are so cute it's scary. Find them online and at the Highland Park Village Roller Rabbit boutique.
The Conservatory, new from Dallas-based Brian Bolke — founder of Forty Five Ten — is described as "a gallery for discovery … to touch and try … with thoughtful curation, immersive storytelling, and welcoming service." The luxury boutique's edited selection includes high-end apparel for women and men, jewelry, gifts, books, accessories, beauty, bath and body, and fragrance. It quietly opened in late September next to Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village.