Intuitive, innovative, and stylish, Brian Bolke is regarded as a retail savant in a city that loves to shop.
The Dallas-based luxury merchant has a long history in the retail realm. Prior to founding Forty Five Ten, Bolke held positions at fashion powerhouses I.Magnin and Neiman Marcus – where he served as store designer. He later opened a cult, style-driven flower shop, Avant Garden. In April 2000, he parlayed the flower trade into a more fashion-minded venture with the late Shelly Musselman, and Forty Five Ten was born.
Over the last 16 years, the store has become Dallas’ premier boutique destination with an international reputation for offering the “best of the best.” Housing a world-class mix of the top collections for women, men and home, all merchandised with a distinct point of view, along with an acclaimed café, the T Room, the store has become a sought out destination. It has attracted a clientele ranging from Oprah and Laura Bush to Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Steven Tyler and Rihanna.
Bolke is renowned for his fashion foresight, and his store was the first in Dallas to offer some of the world’s most sought-after labels. Every piece in Forty Five Ten is meticulously curated, reflecting Bolke’s uniuqe creative vision. “In the end,” he says, “it’s all about the edit.” Furthering his aesthetic reach, in 2012 Bolke opened Five and Ten, an edited “sister store” in the iconic Highland Park Village.
In 2014, Forty Five Ten entered into a joint partnership with Headington Companies in the development of a flagship location. A new 37,000-foot store is poised to open in late 2016, across from The Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas. Another store in Houston’s River Oaks District is also slated for Fall 2016.
Bolke is committed to the Dallas community through his support of many local organizations – a tradition he started with his late business partner at Forty Five Ten’s inception. In addition to hosting numerous charities within the store, Bolke is personally involved with TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, the Art Ball benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Contemporary, The Family Place, and numerous other philanthropic organizations.