One of the most stylish men in Dallas, Brian Bolke is regarded as a resident retail savant in a city that loves to shop. He is the co-owner of Forty Five Ten in Dallas, which opened in 2000, and quickly established itself as the city’s premier shopping destination. Vogue called it “a shop to rival Paris’s Colette” and it has attracted a clientele ranging from Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey to Angie Harmon and Erykah Badu. Brian is renowned for his fashion foresight and his store was the first in Dallas to offer some of the world’s most sought-after labels such Rick Owens, Derek Lam and Proenza Schouler. Forty Five Ten was joined in 2012 by Five and Ten, an edited “sister store” in the famous Highland Park Village. Brian’s latest addition to Dallas’s retail scene is Number One, an organic café and store, which adjoins Chapter Two, his inspiring new bookshop filled with art, design, food and fashion titles.
What is one place that’s not to be missed in Dallas?
The Arts District including the Dallas Museum of Art. It is becoming a world-class institution before our very eyes.
What is a hidden gem in Dallas?
Literally, it is a visit to private jeweler Sue Gragg. She is amazing and her jewels are beyond. She IS Dallas in my eyes!
What is your favorite Dallas indulgence?
Mexican food at Mr. Mesero and in particular the Quatro Leches cake. It is sublime and even better if shared with close friends and accompanied by a Patron Silver margarita, served chilled, straight up.
What is your favorite quintessential Dallas experience?
TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, which is an annual contemporary art auction, hosted by my friends Cindy and Howard Rachofsky each October. It is easily the most glamorous night of the year in Dallas…and in any city in the world for that matter.
What does your perfect shopping day in Dallas look like?
I would start in the morning at the iconic Highland Park Village with a pressed juice, Blue Bottle cappuccino and poached eggs from Number One, our organic café and retail shop. After a browse through our bookstore, Chapter Two, I take a leisurely stroll through the village stopping into Hermes, Tom Ford and the brand new Balenciaga boutique.
The retail therapy continues at Forty Five Ten on McKinney Avenue with some power shopping among our world class collections for women, men and the home. It’s also the perfect place to find a new fragrance. I’d stop for lunch in the T Room (the world’s best tuna melt accompanied by a glass of Sancerre) before heading downtown to the original Neiman Marcus to see where it all began.
What is the best vintage clothing store in Dallas?
Dolly Python on Haskell Avenue
What is the best vintage home store in Dallas?
Collage in the Design District.
What is your favorite florist?
Avant Garden in Highland Park Village. I started this shop in the mid 90’s and sold it a few years ago to Todd Fiscus, Dallas’s most extraordinary party planner.
Where do you go when you need to relax, refresh and revive?
I am a sucker for a good manicure/pedicure at The Spa at The Crescent.
Which art gallery do you love most?
I love all of the openings at the Dallas Contemporary. I am looking forward to the Mario Testino exhibit this fall.
Where is the best place for date night in Dallas?
I love movies, and I love going to the Magnolia theatre, especially now with the reserved seating. And it has a bar…what more do you need?
Do you have a favorite deli or market that you frequent?
Eatzi’s on Oak Lawn is where you will find me most nights of the week.