“This isn’t a demographic, it’s a mindset” says Jenny Schlief Morgan of the customers who frequent Settlement Goods, her design store located on Montrose Blvd.
Settlement Goods is a store with a mission “to showcase the best of USA-made design.” The boutique stocks American-made apparel, accessories, and toiletries that disregard gender binaries with an attitude that effuses a certain “je ne sais chic.”
Everything in the store—jewelry, apothecaries, ceramics, art—is handmade. Even the clothes are cut-to-order. “In that sense,” explains Jenny, “what you’re getting is one of a kind.”
At the store’s May 22 “Fit to Be Styled” event, Jenny and Settlement stylist Vico Puentes gave Houstonians the opportunity to get personal wardrobe advice.
But first, a presentation: Schlief Morgan and Puentes dressed models in a range of looks, and explained how to appear “put together” for different occasions, from formal to just plain fun.
The event invited people to bring in a favorite fashion item and get personal styling advice from Jenny Schlief Morgan and Vico Puentes. I brought my fanny pack.
In my defense, it’s a very classy fanny pack—all leather, slim pockets, not particularly "poochy." It’s also a vintage piece given to me by my iconically stylish grandmother shortly before her passing last year. For me, this item is a statement of function as much as fashion, since I use biking as a means of transportation. It’s hard to do that with a handbag.
Vico takes my item in stride, but Jenny is genuinely enthusiastic about it. After some consultation, they send me to the dressing room and out I came in three new looks.
First, my before pic:
And now, the after. Weight in on your favorite fanny look in the comments.