LAUNCH Mission Statement
LAUNCH is not only a nod to Houston’s reputation as "Space City,” the name also references the "launch" of emerging designers from Houston's growing creative community.
The mission of LAUNCH is to showcase the best local designers and artisans based in Houston. Designers and artisans are selected on the criteria of quality and design. The pop-up boutique aims to promote and educate visitors and Houstonians alike of the high-level of goods designed and/or produced in the Bayou City. The vendors themselves will be representative of the diverse communities that make up the Houston landscape.
“Houston’s arts community is as diverse as its residents,” said Dawn Ullrich, President and CEO of Houston First Corporation. “As the most ethnically diverse city in the nation, it is our aim to show guests why Houston is known as ‘The Culinary and Cultural Capital of the South’. LAUNCH does just that, by bringing together local designers and artisans in a unique pop-up experience that highlights Houston’s welcoming spirit and vibrant culture.”
Handmade with love, ink and paper, Anvil Cards are created to bring people together and engineered to bring smiles to all. The collection, made in Houston, is growing daily with unique designs on signature luxe paper. Anvil Cards focuses on quality and hometown service, and each card is hand cut and hand folded every time.
Based in the heart of Houston, Texas, Onata is a fragrance boutique, offering all-natural soy candles and scented reed diffusers. The collection includes popular scents from herbs and essential oils, as well as more complex and unique fragrances designed by their team. All soy candles contain an all-natural, vegetable-coated cotton wick to reduce soot production while the candle is lit, while the soft wax burns smoothly and evenly for a linear fragrance release.
Of Myth + Muse
Of Myth + Muse is an enchanting new fashion brand of modern romantic clothing for women.The brand is inspired by mythology and history, while also being influenced by modern muses of today. Emilia is the owner and independent designer for the brand, a native Houstonian who has been in the fashion industry for years, and has been involved with productions like the Academy Awards, The Grammy's and America's Got Talent.
GooseWorks Art & Apparel
Gustavo "Goose" Gonzalez is the mastermind behind the GooseWorks brand. Apart from designing and screen-printing his own shirt line, he stays busy collaborating with other local artists and businesses in their graphic and printing needs. From musicians to local bars, GooseWorks' artwork has been leaving a mark in the community for the past several years.
Modern Artifacts looks to juxtapose unique textures with a modern aesthetic. Owner and designer Heather Wobbe draws her inspiration from her experience working on an Archaeology dig in Houston's historic Freedmen's Town, Curatorial Assistant for the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Stone Fort Museum of Nacogdoches. Her work includes solid 14k gold, sterling silber, nu-gold, bronze, copper and shibuichi. She transforms her materials into individualistic and contemporary jewelry.
Her passion for fashion was developed early in life, and for Paola Contreras, owner of Inclan Studio, that passion has continued through her time in business to now. The brand itself focuses on mixing high-low fashion to create an individual style.
With its debut in March 2015, Burdlife continues its vision to provide the best quality jewelry and statement pieces for your collection. Owner Natasha Dadwani was born and raised in Pakistan, and brought her passion and craft to Houston, Texas, where her jewelry empire has grown.
Magpies and Peacocks
Magpies & Peacocks Inc. is a Houston-based non-profit design house founded by Sarah-Jayne Smith - dedicated to the collection and sustainable reuse of fashion, textiles and accessories. Working with local students, educators, up-and-coming designers and artists in the Houston area. They create unique up-cycled collections from formerly fabulous donated items, provide a resource library of raw material for the creative community, and offer sustainability education.
Visual artist Robert Hodge teams up with Magpies and Peacocks to showcase art pieces in LAUNCH. Carlsbad Oster also teams up, a Texas-based designer specializing in textile, pattern design, drafting dyeing and more. The designer is the featured designer, showcasing her new collection inspired by Houston's EaDo and Greater East End neighborhoods. Finally, Ebony McCan joins the group; a design student in Houston, showcasing her toiletry bags and other designs made from reclaimed Super Bowl LI materials.
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