February 25, 2021
Fashion designer and entrepreneur Chloe Dao, a Houston native and the winner of "Project Runway" season 2, is expanding to the Heights.
Dao will open a mini design studio in the M-K-T mixed-use redevelopment, according to a press release and the M-K-T website. The studio will feature a curated selection of cocktail and evening wear and will showcase the design process from idea to mood board to sketches to the final product. Dao’s Safely Sip masks — a style of face mask for drinking on the go — will also be available for purchase.
“Super excited to be a part of the M-K-T family surrounded by other female entrepreneurs like myself, which was the reason I was truly drawn to this location,” Dao said. “We all bring a different energy that creates great synergy among us that creates a great shopping experience for all.”
M-K-T is a joint venture of Houston-based companies Triten Real Estate Partners and Radom Capital LLC along with Boston-based Long Wharf Capital. It was designed by Austin-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and contains 100,000 square feet of creative office space, 100,000 square feet of retail, an abundance of green space and a boardwalk-inspired gathering space around the Heights bike trails at North Shepherd Street and 6th and 7th streets.
Core construction was completed in fall 2020, and numerous restaurant, retail, fitness and office tenants have signed on since 2019.
Elsewhere, Dao currently operates the Dao Chloe Dao Boutique in Rice Village.