One of my favorite things about living in Houston is the local creative community. Fashion and art aren’t always the first subjects that come to mind when envisioning Houston, but there are so many talented designers and business owners based here.

When I first met Paul and Chloe Hotze, the couple behind Paris Texas Apparel Co., I was immediately drawn in by their Southern hospitality and beautiful products. I had heard about the brand when it was a website-only retail destination for Texas-themed silk neckties and bowties. When they opened a storefront around the corner from my house in 2016 I was excited to have a new go-to shop for home goods, gifts, luggage, you name it!

My favorite products at Paris Texas Apparel Co. are their San Cristobal Guayaberas — a special line of guayabera shirts that can be seen at every fiesta-themed get together and football tailgate in Texas. When they announced their plan to launch women’s and kids’ guayabera-style clothing, and asked me to collaborate on the design, I was beyond thrilled! Below, I’m spilling details about the collaboration with an exclusive sneak peek and first access to shop the collection!

Photos by Kate Robinson Photography

Ever since I worked as as a buyer in the fashion industry,  I have always dreamed about working on a design project. With this Paris Texas Apparel Co. collaboration, it was so fun to see firsthand how the design process works. The Hotzes brought on local designer David Peck of Miles David to create the cut and fit of the casual guayabera shirtdresses, which are perfect for relaxed gatherings, tailgating, carpool, happy hour, and everything in between! They then enlisted my friend Lyndsey Zorich of L.Avenue and myself to design two unique women’s styles for the collection. I also created boys’ guayaberas to match my shirtdress — they are the cutest!.

When customizing my House of Harper guayabera shirtdress, I selected a popover three quarter sleeve dress with front pockets. I always gravitate towards a sleeve, and who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?! For the colors, I chose a classic blue striped seersucker fabric with slate blue and ash colored embroidery. This color scheme looks adorable in the matching boys guayaberas — I can’t get over how cute Knox and Andrew look in them! They look like little grown ups. 🙂

Our collaboration officially launches to the public on Thursday online and in the Paris Texas Apparel Co. Houston store, but I wanted to give you first access to shop the collection before it sells out! I’m so excited to wear the dress and style the boys in their guayaberas for upcoming school events, fiesta-themed parties, tailgates, Friday nights out at family-friendly dinners, errands, and everywhere in between!

The Boys Guayaberas are available in toddler sizes ($65) and Youth sizes ($90), and the House of Harper Guayabera dress $195 runs in XS – XL. Free shipping is offered on all items.

What are your thoughts on these Guayabera styles for ladies and boys? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below!