Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus, Ken Downing, on the Best of Dallas Shopping and Art

ken downingIf you’re serious about shopping in Dallas, you will not be led astray with fashion advice from Ken Downing. Few people can claim to be as influential in the fashion world as him; as senior vice president and fashion director for Dallas fashion icon Neiman Marcus, Ken doesn’t speculate on the upcoming trends—he creates them. His team of buyers, editors, and merchants—located in both New York and Dallas—oversee the entire, forward-thinking vision of Neiman Marcus, keeping them ahead of the game and making the company one of the most well respected names in the world.

Ken Downing: Dallas Shopping and Art

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Dallas Shopping and Art - Ken Downing

The Hospitality Sweet

Located in the Art Deco stylings of the historic downtown post office, the Hospitality Sweet serves carefully crafted lattes, delicious baked goods and tempting cafe fare like sandwiches, soups and salads. Prepare for a big day of shopping in this adorable cafe set in beautiful architecture.

Neiman Marcus

Dallas Shopping and Art - Ken DowningThe flagship store to this legendary fashion icon, this Neiman Marcus is one of the last of the original downtown department stores. As is always with any Neiman Marcus, a shopper should expect the most exquisite selection, service and presentation. Do be sure to check out the famed Zodiac Café for a quick bite amidst your shopping bonanza.


Bright and inviting, Hattie’s brings Dallas a modern interpretation of classic Southern food. You’ll find all of your favorite comfort foods here, elegantly presented.


Dallas Shopping and Art - Ken Downing

The White Elephant

The White Elephant - Ken Downing: Dallas Shopping and Art

The White Elephant’s collection of antiques—including everything from vintage deco furniture to beautiful old paintings—is hailed by local collectors. Stop in for unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else.

Collage 20th Century Classics

Collage 20th Century Classics - Ken Downing: Dallas Shopping and Art

The handcrafted designer furniture found at Collage 20th Century Classics is particular and stunning. This gallery has been known to all with an appreciation for fine furniture since 1990, and you must stop in to the showroom to see why. If you’re in search for a special piece, you are likely to find it here.

Galleri Urbane

The contemporary art at Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas will peek your imagination. Come see the creativity that Texan artists are exulting through classic and unusual mediums.

Lark on the Park

A chic little eatery and bar in a supreme location, right next to Klyde Warren Park, is the perfect place to wind down after a day of shopping for the perfect items. Their cocktails and wine list are impressive, but so is the artistic atmosphere.


Dallas Shopping and Art - Ken Downing

Uptown Consignment

Upscale brand names + excellent condition = designer steals. Uptown Consignment has a superb selection of clothing and jewelry that makes for some very exciting finds.

Grange Hall

Grange Hall has a unique collection of oddities, including clothing, jewelry, antiques, odds-and-ends and home decor. It is unusual and distinct, and also includes a flower shop with some incredible arrangements.

Circuit 12

In the midst of the Dallas Design District, Circuit 12 is an exceptional contemporary art gallery. They feature up-and-coming as well as veteran artists in the Dallas Arts Scene. If you are hoping to find a unique piece to tie a room together, you may just find it here.


Oak - Ken Downing: Dallas Shopping and Art

This posh little restaurant is doing everything right: a sleek interior that is still welcoming and scrumptious dishes that use seasonal ingredients. Oak is good with any group, be it family, a date, friends or business.


Dallas Shopping and Art - Ken Downing


Bolsa is one of the restaurants that is redefining the Dallas culinary scene. Keeping in line with the trends, Bolsa is farm to table, has an open kitchen and offers lovely outdoor seating. They also serve many Texan wines and have a great happy hour.

North Park Center

North Park Shopping Center - Ken Downing: Dallas Shopping and Art

1.2 million square feet of shopping dreams come true. North Park Center is home to many designer names and also includes a TaxFree shop!


Dallas Shopping and Art - Ken DowningNonna Restaurant

Nonna means grandmother in Italian. This is fitting for an intimate Italian restaurant with exposed brick walls, a wood-fired oven and fresh ingredients—including the pasta. Nonna is timeless and classy, serving Northern Italian food that you will remember.

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