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



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.


Manager, Operations & Sales

As Manager for all three French Cuff Boutique locations, Alyssa is a go-getter who helps ensure our store is always in order and always improving. 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.


Assistant Manager

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

Madison began her own jewelry line at the young age of 16, so it's no surprise that she's a natural stylist and Assistant Manager of our Woodway location. 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.

Lauren B.

Assistant Manager

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.


Manager, Merchandising & Sales

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.



Born and raised in Houston, Abbey comes to French Cuff with retail experience and a love for all things fashion. With her laid back style, She looks to bloggers Champagne & Chanel and A Spoonful of Style for outfit inspiration. Current/Elliott, Rails, and DL1961 are just a few of the brands she can't get enough of!



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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.

Lauren H.

Graphic Designer & Stylist

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.



Olivia has begun her fashion career at French Cuff Boutique! Inspired by the fun and fashion-forward style of Sarah Jessica Parker, it's no surprise that she loves anything and everything from one of FCB's favorite, Milly.



A native Houstonian, 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.



Sharon began her French Cuff career in 2009 as one of our original associates at our Bellaire location. For Sharon, a career in fashion was a natural fit. Her parents owned a popular women’s clothing store in the area and her mother has always been her true style icon. With a love for popular French Cuff brands like Heather and Citizens of Humanity, she loves helping every client discover and define their signature look.



Born and raised in a suburb of Detroit, Shelly joins the French Cuff team as a highly seasoned stylist with more than a decade of experience in women's retail. Being a lover of accessorizing, she truly believes that no outfit is complete without the right outfit additions. Her classic style is inspired by Diane Von Furstenburg, who along with Joseph Ribkoff are her favorite designers in the company.



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.


Digital Coordinator & Stylist

A fashion blogger and lover of photography, Jess has become our digital 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.