Shop Talk II - A Big Talk on Small Businesses


Fashion Group International of Houston presents: 

Shop Talk Part II: A Big Talk on Small Businesses



Diane Caplan, Houstonia Magazine




Hosted By: 

Sugar & Cloth Studio, 2001 Commerce Ste. 201, Houston, TX 77002 (Above Tout Suite)


Light Bites & Cocktails Provided By: 

Cointreau & Tout Suite 


As the former Marketing Director for Momentum Jaguar Volvo Land Rover Porsche, Diane made sure Houston was rolling in only the best automobiles. She also founded and owned the makeup studio the Vanity Lounge in West Ave, launched her jewelry company Skout in 2014, assisted her husband with his coffee shop launches such as Siphon and a new shop opening in Spring 2016 and is now the Group Publisher of Houston's largest magazine Houstonia and a new LGBT wedding publication Love Wins Texas Weddings launching in Texas January 2016.  For those that know Diane, know that she is a ball of energy that can never seem to sit still, as she is always working, helping out with various charity events and more working. Diane sits on the Board of Directors for the Children's Assessment Center which she names as her main priority when it comes to her charity work.


Beth DeLozier is an interior stylist that has been creating smashing spaces for smashing people in Houston for the last decade. Last year, Beth added shop curator to her job title when she opened the virtual doors of Manor Home Decor, an e-boutique of simply smashing collection of furniture, lighting, home decor, gifts, and sweets. Chocked full of unexpected glam, and unapologetically cheeky, it is the go-to place for unique, happy online shopping.


Chau Nguyen is the co-owner and head buyer for Myth and Symbol, open since 2012 in Houston's Rice Village. The store features women's clothing and accessories, home goods, magazines, and printed art from independent designers and makers. Chau's in-store workshops have included block-printing and decorating planters. Myth and Symbol has been featured in Nylon, Monocle, Refinery29, Travel & Leisure, New York Magazine, and Lucky.



David Peck’s artistic career began with a degree in classical cello and further developed at Ecole Parsons à Paris where he studied fashion design. While at Parsons, not only did he win top honors as the recipient of the junior year Silver Thimble Award, but also as Designer of the Year for his senior collection. While in Paris, David worked for renowned fashion houses such as Paco Rabanne, Junichi Hakamaki, and Robert Normand, as well as a style consultant and costume designer for several films.

David relocated to New York in 2008 to co-found and co-design Untitled 11:11, a high-end womenswear collection committed to sustainable design practices. Untitled 11:11 quickly became a favorite of celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Rose McGowan, and Lauren Conrad due to its designer aesthetic and commitment to the environment. By early 2010, David had moved to Houston to be closer to his family. He was serving as a consultant for Ecole Parsons à Paris when he was inspired to launch David Peck USA, a full scale American Fashion House.
David's work has been featured on the cover of Women's Wear Daily and in publications such as Teen Vogue, Lucky, Marie Claire, InStyle, and People Style Watch as well as popular television shows Hart of Dixie and E! News. Celebrities who have worn David's designs include Taylor Swift, Kate Bosworth, Jaime King, Giuliana Rancic, Mayim Bialik, Maggie Grace, and Ashlan Gorse.


Shannon Hall is co-owner of Sloan/Hall, a multi-category lifestyle store which opened in San Antonio, Texas in 1994. In 1999, the store expanded with a second location in Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood. In addition, Shannon has served on nonprofit boards including Hopestone Dance Theater, Fresh Arts, and DiverseWorks. He has also chaired fundraising events for The Orange Show, Fresh Arts, The Alley Theater, Little Black Dress Designer and others. Prior to that, Shannon worked in the nonprofit arts arena assuming development roles at Dallas’ Friends of Fair Park, and before that, New York City Ballet.





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