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What oil bust? $14,000 alligator boots have Houston partygoers swooning at classy new boutique's opening

$14,000 alligator boots have partygoers swooning at new store opening

9 1583 Zuelen King, from left, Marlena Lazo and Carol Andino at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Zuelen King, from left, Marlena Lazo and Carol Andino. Photo by © Kimberly Park
18 1799 John Muse, from left, Whitney Muse and Lyn Muse at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Lucchese owner John Muse, with wife Lyn and their daughter  Whitney Muse, center. Photo by © Kimberly Park
Laurann Claridge, from left, William Zeitz, David Droese and Lance Raney at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Laurann Claridge, from left, William Zeitz, David Droese and Lance Raney. Photo by © Kimberly Park
17 1788 Neal MCoy and Taylor Byrne Dodge at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Tim Collins and Jodie Eisenhardt. Photo by © Kimberly Park
14 1694 Dan Pastorini, left, and Goose Gossage at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Dan Pastorini, left, and Goose Gossage. Photo by © Kimberly Park
16 1761 Bradley Scott Eisemann and Erin Kronberg at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Bradley Scott Eisemann and Erin Kronberg. Photo by © Kimberly Park
2 7619 Neal McCoy, from left, Matt Shipman, Goose Gossage and Jay Hamby at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Neal McCoy, from left, Matt Shipman, Goose Gossage and Jay Hamby. Photo by © Jon Shapley
15 1711 Amber Willis at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Amber Willis. Photo by © Kimberly Park
12 1647 Belts and accessories at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Belts and accessories. Photo by © Kimberly Park
5 7800 Laurann Claridge, left, and Catherine Brooks at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Laurann Claridge, left, and Catherine Brooks. Photo by © Jon Shapley
4 7670 Charles Ward and Tammy Beeson at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Charles Ward and Tammy Beeson. Photo by © Jon Shapley
7 7866 Bob Boudreaux and Carolyn Farb at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Bob Boudreaux and Carolyn Farb. Photo by © Jon Shapley
3 7650 Lucchese Houston store front
Lucchese celebrates opening in Highland Viillage. Photo by © Jon Shapley
1 7536 Boots and shirts at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Boots and shirts. Photo by © Jon Shapley
11 1637 Cristina Terrill Kooker, left, and Cana Odom at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Cristina Terrill Kooker, left, and Cana Odom. Photo by © Kimberly Park
9 1583 Zuelen King, from left, Marlena Lazo and Carol Andino at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
18 1799 John Muse, from left, Whitney Muse and Lyn Muse at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
Laurann Claridge, from left, William Zeitz, David Droese and Lance Raney at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
17 1788 Neal MCoy and Taylor Byrne Dodge at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
14 1694 Dan Pastorini, left, and Goose Gossage at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
16 1761 Bradley Scott Eisemann and Erin Kronberg at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
2 7619 Neal McCoy, from left, Matt Shipman, Goose Gossage and Jay Hamby at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
15 1711 Amber Willis at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
12 1647 Belts and accessories at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
5 7800 Laurann Claridge, left, and Catherine Brooks at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
4 7670 Charles Ward and Tammy Beeson at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
7 7866 Bob Boudreaux and Carolyn Farb at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
3 7650 Lucchese Houston store front
1 7536 Boots and shirts at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015
11 1637 Cristina Terrill Kooker, left, and Cana Odom at the Lucchese Grand Opening February 2015

Packed to its 100-year-old rafters, the new Lucchese store in Highland Village rocked and rolled earlier this week with a grand opening party that played host to a mixed, yet glam, bag of bold-faced types. Leading the trail were Lucchese owners Lyn and John Muse, who flew in from Dallas for the fete.

It was Lyn Muse who was responsible for those 100-year-old rafters, culled from aging farmhouses across the country. Along with Dallas-based Droese Raney Architecture, she orchestrated the trés chic western design that had many guests swooning. This is Lucchese's fourth free-standing store with others in Nashville, Santa Fe, N.M., and San Antonio, where the revered luxury bootmaker was established in the late 1800s.

 "This is really how we want our product and brand presented to the consumer and the only way you can do that is to have your own store."  

"This is really how we want our product and brand presented to the consumer and the only way you can do that is to have your own store," said John Muse. "The shop represents the highest part of the brand with our Classics collection."

While Muse noted that the price on boots in the store ranges from $500 to $5,000, we did eye a magnificent pair of American alligator center cut boots, The Baron, custom-made and priced at close to $14,000.

Shortly after spotting those beauties, we ran into Robert Sakowitz, wearing a pair of vintage center cut American alligator boots. They were custom-made for him by Sam Lucchese back when Sakowitz was Houston's premiere department store and carried the venerable brand. "I love their boots. I still buy a bunch of them," he said.

Next, we ran into interior designer and author Bill Stubbs, who acknowledged loving the store even though he was wearing Gucci loafers.

The VIP party crowd included Lucchese investor and MLB Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, country music legend Neal McCoy, World Champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman, Lucchese president Doug Kindy and wife Sally, former Houston Oiler Dan Pastorini, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo executive committee members including Ed McMahon and Dallas-based Charles Ward, luxury marketing and communications whiz. Ward handles marketing for the Santa Barbara Polo team of which John Muse is president.

Among those admiring the fine leathers were Laurann Claridge and William Zeitz, Margaret Justice, David Droese, Lance Raney, Maggi Jones, Carolyn Farb, Bob Boudreaux, Stephen Newman, Taylor Byrne-Dodge, Erin Kronberg and Catherine Brooks.