Double R, a custom women’s clothing shop, first opened in Dallas. Agent485
Double R, a custom women’s clothing shop, first opened in Dallas. Agent485

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Custom women’s clothing shop fits perfectly at Shops at Clearfork

By Rick Press

rpress@star-telegram.com

April 07, 2017 01:58 PM

UPDATED April 07, 2017 02:15 PM

Double R, the area’s first fully custom women’s clothing store, will join a growing roster of upscale retailers opening this fall at The Shops at Clearfork.

For Double R’s owners, Jen and Ravi Ratan, coming to Fort Worth will be a family affair as well. They’ll be opening around the corner in Clearfork from Q Clotheir, a custom men’s clothing store owned by Ravi’s brother, Raja Ratan.

“My husband grew up in the business,” said Jen Ratan. He co-founded Q Clothier and Cufflinks, Inc. “About four or five years ago, we decided we wanted to try something new.”

So they spent about a year testing the concept of custom shirts and clothes for women. “We’d ask our friends, ‘Let us make you a shirt,’ ” she said. “After a lot of testing and visiting tailoring workshops, about 3 1/2 years ago we opened in Uptown (Dallas).”

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She describes Double R as a “women’s dream closet,” with hundreds of fabrics and styles, plus a candy bar and champagne.

“There has been custom clothing for men for as long as we can remember,” said Jen Ratan. “Women have more details than men.” So Double R employs more women tailors, because they understand those details.

Custom shirts start at $225; dresses $600; and jackets $800, but depending on the fabric some items can cost more than $1,000. It takes three to four weeks for an order to be delivered. Customers can also get fitted online.

Ratan says Double R’s customers usually come from one of two sectors: “The carpool mom -- she’s got kids from preschool all the way up to college age -- but she gets out of her Lululemon and gets dressed every day.”

“There’s also the working woman --female executives, attorneys, finance people. They need to elevate their look from J Crew. They want something that states their individuality.”

Double R will be among several retailers and restaurants making their first foray into Fort Worth at the upscale Shops at Clearfork, a mixed-use development in the southwest part of the city. Clearfork already has commitments from brands such as Burberry, Tiffany, Tory Burch and Louis Vuitton and is anchored by a sparkling new 95,000-square-foot Neiman Marcus.

Rise No. 1, a popular Dallas souffle spot, has applied for a liquor license to open its new location in Clearfork, and so has Malai Kitchen, a critically acclaimed Vietnamese-Thai fusion restaurant with locations in Dallas’ West Village and Southlake.

AMC Theatres is also planning to open a luxury, eight-screen complex at Clearfork, as is Pinstripes, a bowling and bocce restaurant/bar.

Most of the new businesses are planning to open this fall.

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