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!

French Cuff Boutique is honored to give back to the generous neighborhoods that have supported our successful business since the very beginning. FCB strives to stay actively and passionately involved with a number of influential local and national organizations and charities throughout each year. Click here to see to see a complete list of partnerships since 2008.

Meet The Team



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.


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.


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.


Manager, Bellaire

Born in Hawaii and raised in Florida, Zoë is a retail veteran with seven years of fashion, beauty, and styling experience. At FCB, you'll find her coveting the styles of Zadig & Voltaire, Drew, and Gorjana, which makes it natural that she looks up to Kate Moss, Rachel Zoe, and Jennifer Lopez for fashion inspiration. If there is a new hot spot in Houston, odds are, you'll find Zoë scoping it out!


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.


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.


Assistant Manager

A Houston native, Hayley joins French Cuff with years of retail and visual merchandising experience. Always styled to a t, her favorite brands include Gentle Fawn, Milly, Rebecca Taylor, and Citizens of Humanity. You can find her scrolling through the Instagram feed of The Salty Blond on Instagram, taking stunning photographs, and hiking with her adorable pup.



Originally from Orinda, California, Dana has made her way to Houston from Oregon and Los Angeles with her 14 and 15-year-old teenagers! Her style inspirations are Audrey Hepburn and Jenna Lyons, but comfort is always a factor in her style choices, so Citizens of Humanity, Wilt, and Stark are natural favorites of hers. She’s a fan of simple cotton with an edgy accessory, so you’ll always catch her with a Taylor and Tessier must-have.



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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.



A Houston native, Karen is a jeans and tee gal, so while her favorites are the comfortable styles of Wilt, Rails, and Current/Elliott, she doesn’t shy away from fun dresses from Joie for that special night out. She loves the effortless looks of JoJo Fletcher - who doesn’t adore The Bachelorette?! Outside of FCB, she’s a photographer who loves to travel and find the new and trendy restaurants with her friends.



Originally from Colombia, Lina joins FCB with years of retail experience, including some time in Los Angeles! Looking up to blogger Blank Itinerary for her ever changing style, she loves to shop Zadig & Voltaire, Jade, MILLY, and McGuire Denim to incorprate different looks into her wardrobe. Lina loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, going to the movies, and trying new places for burgers and desserts!


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.



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.


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.


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.