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Brian Bolke of Dallas' Forty Five Ten boutique steps down as president

Brian Bolke of Dallas' Forty Five Ten boutique steps down as president

Brian Bolke of Forty Five Ten in Dallas
Forty Five Ten co-founder Brian Bolke. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon

Brian Bolke, the co-founder of luxury boutique Forty Five Ten, is stepping down from his role as president of the company and will serve as a consultant. His last day was August 11.

Bolke announced the news in an email he sent to friends and colleagues, stating that the store was the greatest source of pride in his life.

"There is no press release other than this note to my friends and colleagues," his email said. "Whether you have made things for us, written about us, celebrated with us, or simply supported Forty Five Ten in your own way, I am grateful for the relationships I've made over the years. You have been an important part of this journey - thank you."

Bolke co-founded Forty Five Ten at 4510 McKinney Ave. in 2000, along with Bill Mackin and Shelly Musselman, who died in 2011. The company was sold three years ago to the Headington Companies, which owns the Joule Dallas hotel.

Bolke oversaw the store's relocation to downtown Dallas, where it opened with lots of fanfare in 2016; as well as its expansion to Houston and to Yountville, California, with a small, 865-square-foot store in the Napa Valley. Forty Five Ten also opened a home store in the original McKinney Avenue location called For Home, and a women's boutique at Highland Park Village called TTH Forty Five Ten.

Bolke leaves behind what he called "a world-class team" that includes Taylor Tomasi Hill, vice president of creative and women's fashion director; men's fashion director Nick Wooster; and Rob Dailey, home creative director.