Without question, the mostly hotly anticipated store opening in Dallas is Brian Bolke’s Forty Five Ten, which has relocated from its McKinney Avenue post to a prime downtown spot on Main Street across from The Joule. On November 10, at the exclusive 2016 ReuNight, some of Dallas’ most fashionable finally got their first peek at the store.
The dinner auction, co-chaired by Bolke, Faisal Halum, and Shelle and Michael Sills, benefits the Family Place, a leading organization for victims of family violence.The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour at the Forty Five Ten on Main before then moving next door to the tented lawn of the Eye at the Joule for dinner.
Guests — including Lisa and Clay Cooley, Nancy Dedman, Pat and Charles McEvoy, Stephanie and Michael Seay, Lynn and Allan McBee, Mary Clare Finney, and Chris Branscun — sipped wine and nibbled passed bites such as watermelon slices topped with fresh tuna and Belgian waffle squares with crème fraîche and caviar before roaming all four floors of the new store via a showpiece staircase.
The split-level first floor — there is a a glass-fronted entry on Main Street, as well as a second entry via Elm Street — showcases accessories, jewelry, beauty, and fragrances. The second floor boasts the women’s collection, while the third offers men’s and housewares. The fourth floor, a future event space, currently houses a Donna Karan Urban Zen pop-up shop — appropriate because Donna Karan herself was the special guest of the evening.
The cocktail hour also provided an opportunity to peruse the four auction items — a $25,000 Hermes Kelly Pochette; an $8,000 Urban Zen Downtown Experience, including a $5,000 gift certificate to Donna Karan’s Urban Zen NYC store; a $10,500 Art Deco citrine cameo ring; and, last but not least, a One and Only Ocean Club Bahamas getaway worth $8,000.
The Family Place empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling, and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence. Last year, the Family Place provided services to a total of 10,729 clients with 141,317 hours of service in Spanish and in English.