Top Houston designer Chloe Dao completely redeveloped her Rice Village boutique and reopened it in early 2012 under the name of her design label.
The former Lot 8 is now Dao Chloe Dao. The fashion trend setter recruited interior designer Darin Brooks to reimagine her store. Brooks played off Dao’s playful yet sophisticated spirit to develop a space that blends touches of wood, crisp chrome and bright colors. From an innovative piece of wall art that serves as the backdrop for the mannequins to a dramatic chandelier over the dressing room area, the new store is an extension of Dao and her approach to fashion.
Fans of Dao will recall she won the first season of the show Project Runway. In addition to Dao’s own line, the boutique also carries Marisa K, Voom, Bow & Arrow, Aidan Mattox, Interlude, and Bizz, plus plenty of shoes and accessories. Dao's strapless dresses, cargo pants, and funky skirts sell for a fraction of what you'd expect.