Is there a young ballerina in your household? Or maybe a young man who wants a distinctive look?
Pas De Deux Children’s Couture occupies a spot on the second floor of the Market LV inside Tivoli Village, 420 S. Rampart Blvd. Pas de deux is French for “dance of two” and is pronounced “pah d’duh.”
It’s owned and operated by Stephanie Mitchell-Anthony. Inspired by her daughters’ interest in ballet — Daizsa is 17, and Sasha is 5 — she looks for fashions that borrow from the dance’s essence for girls’ clothing. One line features dresses with a tutu-style underskirt.
“We were inspired by all the clothes that we saw while traveling and by not being able to find things in regular stores,” she said. “My daughters love ballet. Pas de deux is a ‘dance for two’ that my daughter just absolutely loves.”
Mitchell-Anthony owns the store with her husband, Antone Anthony. They also have two sons — Dimaggio, 18, and Xseavior, 8 — so there is also clothing for boys up to age 10. The store carries various lines —Baby Tahari, Kate Quinn, Magpie & Mabel, Lucky Brand, English Laundry and Mud Pie.
“Everything here is shabby chic,” Mitchell-Anthony said. “I like it just because it’s different. I want it to be a place where people come to find those things you ‘can’t find.’ This is not the stuff you’ll find in Dillard’s or Macy’s or your regular stores. I wanted people to come in here and wonder, ‘What am I going to find?’ … I wanted to have beautiful pieces that you’ve never seen before.”
There is a vintage aspect to the 400-square-foot store as well. Some fashions are so vintage, they use stitches not usually found in today’s clothing. One slip — simple and made of a stiff cotton fabric — was the real deal.
“Yeah, it has to be more than 50 years old,” Mitchell-Anthony said. “We do vintage — when we can get them — and vintage-inspired. … It’s like stepping back in time.”
On one rack were seersucker suits for boys. Handmade newsstand caps hung in one area. Bow ties and suspenders also are offered for sale. One can even find knee knockers.
The store also features the children’s book “P-Nelly-P” by local author Alta Sue Radke. The book is about two cats the author adopted. A portion of the proceeds from book sales benefit the Henderson shelter from which the cats came. Radke said it was wonderful to have a local retailer help local talent.
“She’s been so giving and enthusiastic,” Radke said. “I was blown away, walking in and saying, ‘Hi, I’m a local author,’ and they do everything they can (to help). It was a sense of community that kind of took me aback a little.”
Another thing that sets Pas De Deux apart: Anyone who purchases new clothing can return the items to the store when their little one outgrows them. As long as the clothes are clean and in good condition, they get store credit toward a new purchase.
What’s her favorite thing in the store?
“We have Deniece Williams,” she said. “You know, she did the song, ‘Let’s Hear it For the Boy.’ This is her (clothing) line.”
She gestured to a display of onesies with Williams’ CDs below the Pink n’ Blue label selections.
“She actually set this display up herself,” Mitchell-Anthony said. “She came in here when we opened, and everything is autographed. She’s going to come back and do some signings.”
Pas De Deux Children’s Couture is not Mitchell-Anthony’s first venture. She also owns a marketing and print company called XpoZure Media Print, a child care center and an assisted living company.
Not to be outdone, her husband served in the military for more than 20 years and retired as a naval senior chief. He is now a Veterans Affairs police officer and owns his own personal chef company, Double A Gourmet.
Pas De Deux Children’s Couture is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit pasdedeuxchildrensboutique.com or call 702-906-2442.
Contact Summerlin Area View reporter Jan Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-387-2949.