Erica Hanks is a wardrobe stylist whose work extends beyond her group of professionals, athletes and well-known men and women across the country to commercial and editorial wardrobe styling for corporate companies, national campaigns, catalogs, local TV segments and magazines. Her personal clients have been featured by The Huffington Post, Vogue TV, Marie Claire, ESPN and the UK’s Daily Mail, just to name a few. The Southern stylist let us in on her must-have items for Fall from her HA feed, selected from several stores she loves on the app.
Take a look at Erica’s #FallFeedFaves…
1. Wings at Capitol. [CHARLOTTE]
“For fall, look for textured pieces that really update your existing wardrobe. The Marni sweater can be put with everything from your skirts to your favorite jeans for the season.” - EH
2. Cut-Out Heels at Monkee’s of Charlotte. [CHARLOTTE]
“Booties are here to stay. For a go-to pair, find ones that can be versatile and have something unique about them, like these.” - EH
3. Twice as Nice! at Fresh Boutique. [CHARLOTTE]
“Ponchos and capes are a must for the season. I love how this one can be worn differently and is perfect for a variety of different style aesthetics.” - EH
4. Sheer Panel Dress at Lavendar Boutique. [CHARLOTTE]
“Finding a basic black dress is easy, but finding one that has a little edge is difficult. The subtle sheer paneling keep it sophisticated and great for a variety of occasions.” - EH
5. Stating It at Laura James Jewelry. [CHARLOTTE]
“Laura James has some really amazing one-of-a-kind pieces. I’m so obsessed with these rings and necklace for fall.” - EH
“Leopard is now the new neutral for your closet. Dying for this long coat and how it takes the everyday outfit to the next level.” - EH
7. Edie Parker’s newest collection! at FiveStory. [NEW YORK]
“Edie Parker clutches are quickly getting a major cult following. I’ve commissioned her bespoke for a few clients and they are absolutely perfect for gala season.” - EH
8. Chic Noir at Drest by Scott Malouf. [LUBBOCK]
“I’m a sucker for ripped denim, and these are a great pair to put with your chunky knits and coats.” - EH
9. Serra Cardigan at Beanie + Cecil. [WILMINGTON]
“There’s always time for a trip to the mountains or spending time outside during the season. What’s great about this sweater is the colors will look beautiful on a variety of skin tones, and make an ordinary look extraordinary.” - EH
“Update your tote this season with Claire Vivier. I love the sophisticated sport vibe of it, and it’s perfect for holding it all.” - EH
[Erica dressing a model for the Giambattista Valli Couture No. 7 Show at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte, North Carolina]
With two locations in Houston, French Cuff is a gem of a women’s apparel and accessories boutique that embodies founder Kairy-Tate Barkley’s vision of providing a personal, convenient and stylish shopping experience. The shops offer a well-edited inventory that marries the latest trends with must-have classics from designers including Nicole Miller, Equipment, Diane von Furstenberg, Joie and Badgley Mischka.
Get to know the woman running the show at French Cuff, founder and owner Kairy-Tate Barkley…
Hometown: Winter Park, Florida
Style Icon(s): I like how Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon dress in everyday life - jeans and a tee but always cute and put together.
Words to live by / favorite quote: It’s simple: “Thank you.”
How would you describe your style: I would say classic but current.
Item from your closet you can’t live without? I can’t function without an entire category – denim. I live in my jeans but I also have to have my everyday Sorial tote bag. There is a lot to carry around when you are a mom on the go & own your own business!
Tell us the story behind French Cuff! I’ve wanted to open a boutique for as long as I can remember. I actually worked in Human Resources in oil and gas for several years & decided it was now or never! We opened the Bellaire boutique in July 2008 and Woodway in September 2011. The name is very special to me because in my corporate positions dressing conservatively was appropriate, so the only way I felt I could express my style was through cufflinks!
What is the best part about running shop in Houston? The clientele is genuinely warm & friendly. I really feel like the neighborhoods where we have set up shop have welcomed and supported us from the beginning. That’s an amazing feeling.
Favorite local spots in Houston? Restaurants, shops, watering holes? My go-to restaurants are Benjy’s & Houston’s, but my absolute favorite is a little café named Shandy’s on Memorial. In my downtime I love to go with my husband, Brian, and kids, Kate & Liam, to the Memorial Elementary SPARK Park & the Houston Zoo.
What are some of your favorite items in store right now? I absolutely love this chunky fall sweater by Line…you will see me in this whole look all season!
This Nicole Miller top is amazing to pair with a cocktail skirt but can also be taken back to jeans!
Most interesting designers you’ve had the opportunity to meet? The most recent that comes to mind is contemporary designer Hunter Bell – not only is the season 2 winner of Fashion Star, but she is genuinely interested in our feedback on the styles that we previously carried. She always appreciates the insight from my team… not to mention she has Texas ties because her husband is a Houstonian!
Favorite new collections this season? I just got back from a whirlwind Coterie trip & Vita Fede’s spring collection is by far my favorite. The quality and high standards are as important to the Designer as the style/design of her amazing jewelry pieces.
What do you love about House Account? We strive to give our clients the best customer service possible. House Account gives us the opportunity to have an online presence without a completely anonymous shopping experience. We love having the ability to chat directly with our followers! It is so fun to interact with them & give them the first look at our new arrivals and what we have in store!
To see more on Kairy-Tate’s style, follow both French Cuff locations on House Account!