The newest tenants of Heights Mercantile, Q Clothier and Rye 51, announced their presence last Thursday night with an upbeat grand opening in support of the Houston Fire Department.
Hip and stylish with a classic, easygoing vibe, the upscale menswear brands are everything you already love about the Heights. That’s reflected in their new retail space, which mixes austere, industrial design with warm, masculine touches like wood shelving and a cowhide rug. Black and white photos of style icons like Bob Dylan and Muhammad Ali dot the whitewashed brick walls, and a complimentary whisky bar is on hand to ensure that guests feel at home.
Then there are the clothes, which range from ready-to-wear denim, T-shirts, and button-downs on the more casual Rye 51 side all the way to bespoke suiting in a dazzling array of luxury fabrics on the Q Clothier side. Shoppers can rely on an able staff—one that founder/owner Raja Ratan cites as his primary driver of repeat business—to guide them to a perfect look, or page through countless books of fabric swatches and details for a fully-customized experience. Bespoke suiting at Q Clothier starts at a reasonable $1,000, and provides dapper Houstonians access to some of the finest fabrics in the world.
Ratan, who mingled with guests throughout the evening, has sartorial savvy in his blood—he learned his craft from his father, and he carries yesterday’s standards of quality into a new generation. Ratan is a frequent visitor to factories and fabric houses around the world, and designs his own laidback, luxurious line for Rye 51. He also curates a selection of other clothing and lifestyle brands, including J Brand, Gimo’s, and LBM, to carry in-store. It’s that dedication to craft and quality that has allowed Q Clothier and Rye 51 to thrive in an ever-digital landscape. “Our focus is service and making sure our clients have a really unique experience,” Ratan explained. “It’s tough to do that online.”
Opening night made it clear that the brands are committed to supporting their new Heights home. A portion of the evening’s proceeds were donated to first responders with the Houston Fire Department, while neighbors Local Foods and Postino provided light bites and wine, respectively. Houston’s own DJ Ramalama kept a festive atmosphere alive, while a representative from storied fabric house Scabal was on hand to talk shop with the stylish crowd.
Q Clothier and Rye 51 are open at Heights Mercantile Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.