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Handmade ceramics by Bailey Doesn't Bark at Myth & Symbol

Image: Beth Levine

With the holiday season fast upon us, don’t forget that shopping locally is one of the best ways to find new and unique gifts for others (and a few for yourself)! That's why we decided to check back in with Trang and Chau Nguyen, the sister team behind Myth & Symbol boutique in Rice Village.

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Rachel Comey coat, $782 at Myth & Symbol

The store emphasizes carrying and showcasing independent designers—from all over, not just Texas—and creating an intimate, personal shopping experience for their customers. The sisters are avid fashion lovers and strive to bring in pieces from designers that they love, but have previously had trouble finding locally. Trang and Chau also try to remain very actively involved in the community, as Myth & Symbol frequently hosts events, workshops and pop-up shops with local brands. 

Like most of us, I have been eagerly awaiting Houston’s version of “winter” to finally break out some new jackets, purses and shoes, so I stopped by the shop to see what new things might catch my eye. One of the first things to get my attention wasn’t actual apparel, but super-cute ceramic pieces from Bailey Doesn’t Bark, an independent ceramic artist out of Brooklyn. To anyone looking for a gift, these pieces are simply beautiful, of course handcrafted, and come without breaking the bank.

As for Myth & Symbol’s current fall and winter fashions, there's a lot to like. I fell in love with two pieces from Rachel Comey, a designer who transitioned from making menswear to creating androgynous, menswear-inspired clothing and accessories for women, including a cuddly, soft pink oversized car coat and fabulously unadorned winter white dress.

The store itself is beautifully designed with a layout that is easy to explore. It's actually amazing that the sisters can fit so much—cute home accessories, unexpected jewelry, fashion-forward clothing, shoes, even washi tape—into a fairly compact space. Like their artsy aesthetic, the ladies of Myth & Symbol have a talent for making the final product even more impressive than the sum of its parts.

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