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We?re suckers for bespoke clothing. And off-the-fashion-radar European designers? If only our bank accounts were limitless.

In our travels and travails negotiating the Metroplex retail maze, we?ve found a couple of local stores that stand out for their untraditional business models and collections of killer threads.

At the new Piermarini Boutique in Snider Plaza, owner John Piermarini lends a stylist?s perspective to the shopping experience, selling lines from young, mostly European designers, much of which you can?t get anywhere else in Texas. He aims for his store to be accessible, too, like shopping in your best friend?s closet--albeit a best friend who has the best clothes around.

If that?s the case, friend, then we?d like to borrow (indefinitely) the LnA Caravelle Cape ($102), beautiful in its Texas-appropriate bohemian simplicity.

FIG Designers has been keeping local fashionistas happy since 2010 with its intimate studio space, personal stylists and resident designers. The store works directly with the latter so that clothes can be tailored specifically to the customer.

Ramune Piekautaite?s Angled Sweater Top ($320), with its cashmere-silk blend and nutmeg hue, reminds us that fall--and the season?s luscious clothes--is thankfully just around the corner. And what better way to fight the fickle Texas weather than with Blessus?s navy blue Tailored Coat with Detachable Module ($800)?

Piermarini Boutique, 6827 Snider Plaza, Dallas; 214-303-1261 or

FIG Designers, 2925 Crockett St., Fort Worth; 817-886-0712 or

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