The seeds of beloved Miami Boutique The Webster were first sown when French fashion merchandiser Laure Heriard Dubreuil hadn't properly packed for Art Basel Miami Beach. It was 2008 and she was unable to find shops that carried the various designer brands she was looking for (like Balenciaga and Saint Laurent, for example—both labels for which she had previously worked).
Since opening the store's flagship in a historical Art Deco building in Miami Beach in 2009, Dubreuil has opened up two more locations of The Webster—a Bal Harbor store in 2013 and, this January, a new boutique in Houston, Texas.
Its expansion west may seem like a strange choice, but for Dubreuil, who had Texan clients that began to regularly visit her Florida stores in search of the well-curated selection from brands like Calvin Klein, Chloé, Alexander Wang, and Proenza Schouler, it was a natural extension: "I felt there was a need for a store like The Webster here," she says.
So far, the locals have embraced the unexpected new Texas boutique "[The store] has the same DNA as the Miami and Bal Harbor locations," Dubreuil says, noting interior design elements like the naturally toned carpets paired with tropical, vintage wallpaper and contemporary artwork (her favorite pieces are by artists Aaron Young and Max Snow). Plus, she adds, "I love the people and the strong sense of community in Houston."
Dubreuil was so excited to expand to Houston that she tapped some of her favorite designers to create exclusives for the store. Read on to see her top picks and find out what makes each unique to The Webster.
Silver Collar Necklace
"Paris-based jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann created a range of Western inspired pieces including a necklace, cuff, and ring; the color of the turquoise is so beautiful against the bright silver and can be easily dressed up or down."
Silver Collar Necklace by Aurélie Bidermann, $1,495.
Texas State Flag Clutch
"This is one of my favorite pieces currently in the boutique—it's such a fun and whimsical statement piece."
Texas State Flag Clutch by Edie Parker, $1,295.
"Greg Chait's L.A.-based brand The Elder Statesman has the most sumptuous cashmere offerings; this color-blocked cashmere teddy is no exception. I discovered the brand upon receiving one of his stuffed animals for my son, and absolutely fell in love with his work."
Teddy Bull by The Elder Statesman, $500.
"Maison Michel is known for its sophisticated yet fun collections; I have always loved their iconic wide-brimmed straw hats and this style is the perfect cowboy hat. It suits both men and women."
Straw Hat by Maison Michel, $1,260.