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Chase's Closet is the brainchild of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, lead singer of the multi-platinum group TLC, and celebrity stylist Tara Brivic-Rowntree, who's clients include the Duchess of York, Diane Sawyer and Demi Moore.

Soon after the miracle birth of T-Boz's angel, Chase the two friends decided to create Chase's Closet. A funky children's boutique inspired by visions of California fun...

New York chic and southern beauty. The River Oaks boutique carries a multitude of lines including....Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Miss Bluemarine, Zutano, Flowers by Zoe, Von Dutch, Rocky T, Petite Bateau, Ralph Lauren, Good Lad & Childish.

But the two truely pride themselves on their fabulous gift selections...


That has custom made gift baskets, hand painted frames etc... That have been recieved by Will & Jada Smith from Quenn Latifa and just recently Emeril got one from Diane Sawyer....and many more....they have also been featured in People, Instyle, Vogue and on The View, Vh1 and so on..... You just dream it & they will make it..... Despite there celebrity driven exclusiveness T-boz & Tara pride themselves on having the perfect item for just about any price..





http://www.chasescloset.com/

I'm really glade she picked Houston!
My question is why did she open her store in Houston instead of in her home town Atlanta?
 

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I found the answer to my question:
TLC's TIONNE 'T-BOZ' WATKINS: I HAD TO OPEN A STORE 'CAUSE I WAS GOING BROKE!

TLC'S STAR'S NEW STORE IS A CLOSETFUL; WATKINS ADMITS TO SPENDING $70,000 A YEAR ON CLOTHES FOR HER DAUGHTER.

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins of the hit R&B group TLC arrives at Chase's Closet, her new children's clothing store in River Oaks Shopping Center, looking so unassuming you'd hardly believe she's a star. She's wearing a pale-pink pantsuit and her signature blond hairdo, but the style seems removed from her days with TLC -- when Watkins, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes wore crazy clothes to match their sexy stage antics and cool lyrics. TLC achieved fame with a debut album, Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip, in 1992. With its blend of pop, hip-hop and R&B, it was one of the top-selling groups of the 1990s. The group's flamboyant fashions created as much of a stir as their music, and Watkins was the creative force. "Even though I love Roberto Cavalli and all that, we always had our original TLC outfits. Trendsetting is something I've always believed in. We never had to worry about looking like anyone else," she says.

When Watkins became a mother, she quickly developed a passion for children's fashion. Chase's Closet is named for her 4-year-old daughter, Chase. The store is modeled after Chase's bedroom. "She's my miracle baby. I was told I couldn't have kids," says Watkins, 35, who has sickle cell anemia and is the national spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. The inherited blood disease affects red blood cells and often causes pain and damage to many organs. "Yeah, they told me I couldn't dance, sing or do anything I've ever done, so do I start listening now? No, I don't."

Watkins began mulling the idea of a children's clothing store after friends commented that Chase's closet at their home in Atlanta looked much like a store. "I had to open a store 'cause I was going broke," says Watkins, who admits spending up to $70,000 a year on clothes for her daughter. "I was always looking for lines like Rocky T and Bambino down South, but I could never find them for my daughter. I had to have them because I wanted her to be different." While she originally wanted to open a store in Atlanta, Watkins says it was difficult finding a suitable location there. Celebrity stylist Tara Brivic-Rowntree, who had recently moved to Houston, convinced her to consider the area. "We did our research and found that in Houston, the fourth-largest city, there were many clothing lines we couldn't get, too. We wanted to stay in the South, and Houston was perfect." Chase's Closet carries clothing lines D&G Junior, Rocky T, Miss Blumarine, Moschino, Ralph Lauren Layette, English Roses, Von Dutch Baby and Mommy and Me lines for both mother and child.

Watkins' move into the children's clothing business is just one of her recent endeavors. She and Thomas, both reality-TV fans, are currently shooting a reality show for UPN, R U the Girl with T-Boz and Chilli?. The winner will have a chance to record a song with TLC and perform once with the group on the show. Watkins insists the show is not an attempt to replace Lopes, who was killed in 2002 in a car accident in Honduras, but an opportunity for one fan to briefly experience life with TLC. Watkins and Thomas are also working on solo albums and plan to release a TLC greatest-hits album. And they're the voices for an upcoming educational cartoon show, Mac & Me, for PBS.

Watkins is involved in every aspect of the store and even buys clothing at markets in Atlanta and New York. Brivic-Rowntree, also a buyer for the store, assists with daily operations. Watkins says the store stocks only one item per size in each style because she doesn't want her customers' kids to look like anyone else. "I want them to feel unique and special," Watkins says.

--Houston Chronicle




Houston is really getting recognized now a days, MTV is doing specials on Houston all week because of Hip hop week.
 
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