Brian Bolke opens Houston Conservatory – WWD

The Conservatory, founded by Brian Bolke, will officially open Friday its fourth outpost in Houston’s River Oaks District, a 3,300-square-foot, naturally light-filled space in the outdoor shopping destination.

The brand debuted in March 2019 with a gallery in New York’s Hudson Yards and also has an outpost in Dallas’ Highland Park Village and The Conservatory on Two in Highland Park Village. His pop-up store in Napa Valley, California closed as planned last December.

The Houston Conservatory store and its website offer more than 175 brands and 2,000 products. Categories include women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, jewelry, wellness (beauty and treatment, bath and body, and candles and fragrances), and home (decor and objects, books and paper, and gifts).

A view of the women’s section of the conservatory.

“We’re bringing new brands, many with a focus on sustainability and unexpected changes, to Houston – a challenging city where we look forward to becoming a part of the community,” said Bolke.

In 2014, Bolke sold Forty Five Ten, the Dallas-based specialty store he co-founded in 2000, to Headington Cos. and remained President until August 2017. He then founded an independent consulting firm and spent the next few months formulating his concept The Conservatory.

Key labels building on what they call “luxury considered” include Gabriela Hearst, Maison Margiela and Courreges, all exclusive to Houston, as well as Mugler, Lapointe, Philosophy, Michael Kors Collection and Texas native Brandon Maxwell . For accessories and jewelry, the featured brands are Metier, Paul Andrew, Neous, Sidney Garber, Mallary Marks, Tabayer, Shihara and Lisa Eisner. Men’s brands include Maison Margiela, NN07, Aspesi and Ron Dorff. Living brands include Georg Jensen, Saved Cashmere and Phaidon Books, while wellbeing brands include perfumer H, DS and Durga, The Harmonist, Costa Brazil, Susanne Kaufmann and Frama.


Fragrances in the Conservatory.

The one-level store features custom-made American walnut furniture and a matte black metal leopard rug. Deco chairs upholstered in black velvet are mixed with vintage Frank Gehry chairs from the 80s. Custom curtains feature the Conservatory logo.


A men’s exhibition in the conservatory.

The opening will feature an art exhibition, including a large-scale abstract painting by Dallas artist William Atkinson, courtesy of the Erin Cluley Gallery. Brian Bolke opens Houston Conservatory – WWD

Sarah Y. Kim

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