About French Cuff

meet the team

Our Concept

From the moment you step into one of our stores, you’ll immediately feel right at home. That’s because French Cuff Boutique is more than just a place to find the most sought-after styles from a carefully-edited inventory of iconic designers. It’s a place for inspiration and excitement. A place where friendly, fashion-driven stylists can help you discover and define your signature look while you have fun shopping in a warm, engaging environment.

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Our Company

French Cuff Boutique was born in July 2008 from Kairy-tate Barkley’s dream of creating a style destination where fashion lovers can enjoy access to a multi-brand collection of timeless classics and of-the-moment looks, a chic and inviting ambiance, expert personal service, and a shopping experience truly worth repeating.

In addition to our e-commerce destination, French Cuff Boutique has three stores accessibly located across Houston. Each boutique offers a thoughtfully curated collection that reflects the neighborhood and the lifestyles of our clientele as well as a staff of knowledgeable, personable stylists who strive to build relationships with every customer. With an impressive array of designer labels and price points, French Cuff Boutique allows every woman to beautifully express her personal style for all of life’s occasions. Visit us at Bellaire, Woodway, and Town & Country!


Meet The Team

Kairy-tate

Owner

For Kairy-tate, opening a boutique was a dream years in the making. When she opened the first French Cuff store in Bellaire July 2008, it was an immediate success, eventually leading to the opening of the Woodway store in 2011 and the Town & Country store in 2015. Owning a boutique has allowed Kairy-tate to do all the things she loves – be on the cutting edge of the fashion industry, create new friendships with employees and customers alike, and let her entrepreneurial spirit shine in all its glory.


Alyssa

Sales & Marketing Manager

With a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Houston, Alyssa has the experience and qualities to make an impactful Sales & Marketing Manager. Formerly a dance teacher and member of the Houston Ballet II, she found fashion to be her true calling. Alyssa is a natural people person, and her upbeat, professional attitude has helped her build very strong relationships with her clients.

Clarissa

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager and years of retail experience, Clarissa is a go-getter who helps ensure our store is always in order and always improving. With style inspiration from Shay Mitchell, Brad Goresky, and Kourtney Kardashion, it's no surprise that her favorite designers are Milly, Parker Smith, Rails, and Citizens of Humanity. In addition to fashion and shopping, Clarissa enjoys traveling and working out.

Phalen

Assistant Manager, Bellaire

Originally from The Woodlands, Phalen received her degree in fashion merchandising from LSU. While in Baton Rouge, she managed a local boutique and now has continued her love for fashion as the Assistant Manager of Bellaire. As a true jeans and tee gal, Phalen loves pairing essentials from Wilt and Citizens of Humanity together. Phalen loves the interesting and unexpected outfits of Olivia Palermo and Rosie Huntington-Whitely's effortless laidback looks.

Monica

Assistant Manager, Woodway

A Texan native, Monica joins French Cuff as our new Woodway assistant manager! Her previous management experience makes her knowledgeable and extremely fashion forward, looking to Audrey Hepburn, Carine Roitfeld, and Chloe Grace Moretz for style inspiration. Equipment, Maven West, and Citizens of Humanity are her favorite go-to brands at FCB. Monica also loves to cook, create, and enjoy the outdoors!

Lauren B.

Assistant Manager, Town & Country

Lauren joins us from the world of interior design, where she developed a strong sense of style. As the Assistant Manager of Town & Country, she uses her design experience in putting together unique outfits for our clientele. The simplicity and versatility of Lilla P. is what makes it her favorite brand to wear. Topping the list of fashion icons is Olivia Palermo and her unique, soft, and flattering personal style.

Lindsey

Buyer & Assistant Manager

Hailing from Austin, TX, Lindsey joins FCB as a Buyer and Assistant Manager. With previous experience in retail, she adds knowledge and her superb fashion sense to the team. Inspired by the street style of New York and Paris, her favorite brands are naturally Vince, Current/Elliott, and Citizens of Humanity. Lindsey also loves to travel, cook, poodles, and so much more!

Claire

Stylist

With both previous fashion experience and as a center midfielder for the University of Houston soccer team, Claire knows how to juggle it all! The unique, but classic and timeless designs of Milly and Joie are a major favorite of Claire's and is inspired by bloggers Courtney Kerr, Rocky Barnes, and Gina Ybarra.

Elena

Stylist

Elena started at French Cuff Boutique in 2014, bringing with her a love of shopping that has helped her connect with clients in a remarkable way. She finds true joy in assisting women with their wardrobe; putting outfits together and helping them find their personal style.Elena’s style icon is a mix of Audrey Hepburn and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Erin

Stylist & Visual Merchandiser

An original member of the French Cuff family, Erin has been with the company since the opening of our first store in 2008. For Erin, style inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere! Her passionate vision as a buyer, is to consistently bring current yet functional pieces to our clients through housing a carefully curated assortment of contemporary brands at varying price points and styles to encourage diversity in the women who call FCB their 'go-to' destination.

Hanna

Stylist

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hanna joins the FCB team with previous management experience in home decor. With favorite brands like Michael Stars, Rails, Monrow, and Parker Smith, it’s no surprise that her fashion inspiration is the effortlessly cool and chic style of Jennifer Aniston. Hanna loves to read, play the piano, and hanging out with friends when not at French Cuff!

Lauren H.

Stylist & Visual Merchandiser

A native of Houston, Lauren was drawn to the fashion world from an early age with a fascination for costuming and playing dress up as a child. She began her French Cuff career in 2010, and her strong fashion sense and edgy yet casual style, drawing influences from the likes of Gwen Stefani, has helped make her one of the company’s most popular stylists.

Madison

Stylist & Visual Merchandiser

Madison began her own jewelry line at the young age of 16, so it's no surprise that she's a natural stylist and visual merchandiser. As a a fan of Current/Elliot, Madison's classic go-to outfit is a white v-neck tee, jeans, and layered with dainty jewelry. She strives to have a timeless chic look with a little edge and looks up to the Olsen twins for inspiration.

Shannon

Stylist & Visual Merchandiser

Shannon is back at French Cuff Boutique after taking some time to battle on The Voice with her sister! She always finds herself grabbing a new pair of denim when shopping - especially Citizens of Humanity - and admits that boyfriend jeans are her total weakness. Shannon is inspired by Solange's eclectic style and loves the blog, ScoutTheCity, a NY blogger who is a hair doppelganger.

Brenda

Bookkeeper

Brenda is a Houston native and comes to FCB as our bookkeeper. She finds the ladies of FCB as her daily fashion inspiration and loves to shop the denim of Parker Smith. In her spare time, Brenda loves to be outdoors - everything from running to long hikes!

Chelsea

Buyer

As a native Houstonian, Chelsea brings her past buying experience to French Cuff. Since Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie, and Rachel Bilson are her inspiration for that everyday cool girl style, it’s no surprise that her favorite FCB line is Current/Elliott! Chelsea also loves to run and hike - taking in everything Houston to offer.

Jess

Creative Coordinator

A fashion blogger and lover of photography, Jess has become our creative coordinator. Originally from Miami and a transplant from Chicago, she became interested in fashion while photographing portfolios of aspiring fashion stylists. The innovative designs of Elizabeth and James along with the grunge meets girly style of Alexa Chung brings inspiration for just about every project she comes across.

Kelley

Inventory Coordinator

Hailing from Waller, Texas, Kelley made the transition from home decor retail to French Cuff Boutique as our inventory coordinator. Her FCB favorites include Nicole Miller and Chaser - making her style the perfect combination of timeless and trendy. A lover of the arts, you can find Kelley spending time drawing and painting.