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Local and ever-so fashionable Houstonians Dale Volpe and Katy Rowley are bringing their eco-friendly lifestyle platform, Fox Holt to life in the River Oaks District. The ethical marketplace is celebrating its first brick and mortar by hosting a series of workshops that feature brands focusing on sustainability. 

Owners Dale Volpe and Katy Rowley

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Throughout October and November attendees can shop and explore eco-friendly brands curated from the Fox Holt website, as well as meet the designers behind the ethically conscious designs. Among the lineup is Lauren Decarli and Title of Work’s Jonathan Meizler. Decarli will feature the fall collection of her clothing line, Paneros. Meizler will showcase his handmade jewelry and lifestyle items. 

Floral Artist Lisa Composto of Composto Fiori, hosted the second installment of her Floral Design Class last night teaching the artistry of the perfect flower arrangement. Guests created a bouquet of locally grown fall flowers and stored them in handcrafted Middle Kingdom Porcelain vases from designer Barbara Barry. 

A bouquet of Texas fall flowers at Lisa Composto's Floral Design Class

“I’ve always been a magnet towards flowers,” Composto explains during the workshop. “I love to embrace every stage of the flower through its budding phase, its emergence and when it's in its full glory. Even as you watch a flower wilt, it actually has a beautiful touch to it as well. In all, this world is too fast paced and it’s important to enjoy what’s called to you, and flowers did that to me.”

The final event will feature Manhattan designer Anna Tagliabue and her vegan fur line, Pelush NYC. Through the label, Tagliabue started a Re-Faux-Loution to bring awareness to the cruelty animals undergo in the makings of fur clothing. The movement inspired her own label, which makes an effort to provide the highest quality faux fur on the market.  Tagliabue details to Houstonia the exclusive Demi-Couture garments that can be expected at the showcase. One in particular, is the Veronica Coat that features rare vintage glass buttons, French Chantilly lace and a custom color made specially for Pelush. 

Veronica Coat byPelush NYC

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“The fabulous coats I am bringing are those that you can wear every day with your jeans and handbags to go pick up your kids,” Tagliabue details. “I’m also bringing a statement couture piece that’s particularly embroidered. It's a very important piece and I’m excited for shoppers to feel the material that's incomparable to any retailer.”

While the use of fur isn’t necessary until we hit the more brisk months, Tagliabue tells Houstonia she’s ready to tap into Houston's market with a curation of coats suitable for a warmer fall/winter season.

“I'm very excited to meet potential clients because I would love to know more of what they're looking for and open the conversations surrounding real fur versus faux furs,” explains Tagliabue. “I’m  curious to see if the awareness has caught up in Houston as well as it has all over the world.”

To date, the garment industry accounts for most of the world’s pollution. Through its partnerships with socially conscious brands, Fox Holt’s mission is to embrace fashion while reducing its carbon footprint. 

Visit Fox Holt's Pop Up event located at River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Rd. For more information on Fox Holt visit online. 

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