Vibin' On Houston

Stylish Austin boutique kicks off Houston location with big celebration

Stylish Austin boutique kicks off H-Town location with big celebration

Kelsey Havelka, Jennifer Koletar
Kelsey Havelka, Jennifer Koletar. Courtesy of Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Wendi Martin/Kickpleat
Wendi Martin. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Kickpleat
Kick Pleat Boutique blends earthy tones with sophisticated wares. Courtesy of Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Alecia Harris
Alecia Harris. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Karen Pfei, Amy Pesak/Kickpleat
Karen Pfei, Amy Pesak. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Carrie and Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl/Kick Pleat
Carrie and Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl. Courtesy of Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Sarah Cox, Jessica Barkley/Kick Pleat
Sarah Cox, Jessica Barkley. Courtesy of Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Roz Pactor, Jill Panky/Kick Pleat
Roz Pactor, Jil Panky. Courtesy of Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Kelsey Havelka, Jennifer Koletar
Wendi Martin/Kickpleat
Kickpleat
Alecia Harris
Karen Pfei, Amy Pesak/Kickpleat
Carrie and Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl/Kick Pleat
Sarah Cox, Jessica Barkley/Kick Pleat
Roz Pactor, Jill Panky/Kick Pleat

Wendi Martin’s Kick Pleat Boutique may be the new kid on the block, but she was right at home in her Upper Kirby neighborhood Thursday. The store’s private opening party was loaded with local favorites from the Armando’s food truck, chilled margaritas and a selection of clothing and accessories ideal for Houston’s summer months.

Martin’s vision was born in Austin where she opened Kick Pleat in 2003, offering a  different take on fashion with pieces that are timeless and interesting. The combination was a hit with Houston shoppers who routinely shopped the Kick Pleat website and begged for a Houston store every trip to Austin.

Since opening at the end of April, Martin has received a warm welcome from shoppers and she’s developing her own crush on the city.

“I love it. I love the people. I love the food. I love the vibes,” Martin said.

The Kick Pleat vibe is definitely earthy and sophisticated, modern, without being trendy. There are familiar labels such as Rachel Comey and Mr. larkin, but Martin said 80 percent of the store is new and specific to Kick Pleat. Horses Atelier, Base Range and Isa Arfen are in the mix.

The opening night party was a breath of fresh air on an otherwise steamy Houston night, and the more than 100 guests were only too happy to linger over icy drinks and spicy tacos.

Those spotted in the stylish crowd included Elizabeth Petersen, Suzanne Duin, Ceron, Ben Johnston, Jennifer Ellzey, Meg Lonergan, Sylvie Christophe; Carrie and Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl, Michelle Fuller-Wigg Marks, Julie Warenoff, Dr. Matthew Galfione and wife Sarah, Sarah Cox, Jessica Barkley, Frances Chenne and Rin Willis