Lucchese, the 130-year-old El Paso-based company famed for handcrafted Western boots, opened its fourth store in the nation in Houston’s Highland Village in December 2014.
The American luxury bootmaker’s well-appointed store features the Lucchese Collection of handmade western boots as well as its fashion footwear collection and Equestrian-inspired handbags, clutches, totes, wallets and more. Lucchese is also carrying the Lyle Lovett collection from Houston-based Hamilton Shirts, one-of-a-kind belt buckles, Hudson Jeans and artisanal jewelry.
The store itself is a study in rustic-yet-sophisticated Western style. Created by Dallas-based Droese Raney Architecture, Lucchese Houston features a ceiling made of hand-hewn white oak beams reclaimed from barns that were built around the same time that Lucchese was founded. Like the beams, the hardwood floors and display fixtures are also constructed of white oak. The interior was designed by Dallas-based designer Lyn Muse. The space is visually divided, with the left side in darker, more masculine colors featuring men’s boots, shoes, apparel and accessories, while the right side, lighter and more feminine, showcases ladies merchandise. In the back of the store is a dedicated design center where customers can create their own boots, choosing from a full array of leathers (Lucchese carries more exotic leathers than any company in the world) and stitch patterns.
Lucchese boots first earned a considerable reputation among cowboys and the U.S. Cavalry, for which the company made riding boots, and the brand has since been embraced by nearly every U.S. president, as well as celebrities like Johnny Cash, John Wayne, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Gregory Peck, along with more recent fans Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Jamie Foxx, Hayden Panettiere and Sharon Stone.