We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Patton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I previously worked in fashion and after I had my daughter, I did not want to travel to New York City on a monthly basis anymore. I just started telling friends I was available to design work, and it took off from there.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Unlike other designers, I am not a snob. I will work within any budget. I understand that hiring a designer is a huge luxury and always want to acknowledge how grateful I am for the work. However, I have learned along the way that I will only work for nice, gracious clients. Life is too short to be treated badly.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since Covid, I’ve become much more of a homebody these days. I would probably host a dinner party (one of my favorite things to do). Take her to have a picnic on the lawn at The Menil Collection. Stop into Kick Pleat – the only brick-and-mortar store I shop in for clothes. They have the coolest brands. Turner’s, Da Marco and the bar at Tony’s are three of my favorite places for a fancy dinner. If we wanted to do something more low-key, Coppa Osteria in Rice Village is always great and for Tex Mex El Tiempo Cantina in Montrose. We have a farm about an hour away, so we would probably spend a few nights there getting a break from the Houston traffic.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Linda Mena! She is my Operations Manager and I could not function without her.