Ascot+Hart brings funky fashion, home goods, more to Richardson

Jen Coleman and Laura Wiertzema.
Jen Coleman and Laura Wiertzema opened Ascot+Hart to bring products they like to their audience. (Courtesy Ascot+Hart)

Jen Coleman and Laura Wiertzema opened Ascot+Hart to bring products they like to their audience. (Courtesy Ascot+Hart)

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Ascot+Hart sells both new and vintage clothing. (Samantha Van Dyke/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Ascot+Hart name is a mash-up of the owner's old blog names – ascotfriday and golden hart. (Samantha Van Dyke/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The store is decorated with bright colors and bold patterns, creating a fun and funky atmosphere. (Samantha Van Dyke/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hats, bags and sweatshirts all over the store are decked out in the company's signature smiley face logo. (Samantha Van Dyke/Community Impact Newspaper)
A vintage Willie Nelson T-shirt hangs on the wall at Ascot+Hart—just behind a table of colorful greeting cards and Palo Santo incense sticks and to the right of shelves lined with trucker hats. Checker print, neon signs and smiley faces galore add to the fun and funky atmosphere owners Jen Coleman and Laura Wiertzema said they were excited to bring to Richardson with their boutique.

“There isn’t anything like it in the area,” Wiertzema said. “Customers have told us they’re happy we’re here, we’re local, and they don’t have to go downtown to find something like this.”

Ascot+Hart began as an online boutique about eight years ago after Coleman and Wiertzema connected on Instagram. They each had popular blogs of their own—Coleman’s was called “Golden Hart” and Wiertzema’s was called “Ascotfriday”—which started to gain more traction when they began posting about things they enjoyed from Target. They went on to create an account together dedicated to their Target finds.

“We knew we were kind of onto something,” Wiertzema said. “People were reacting to anything we posted about Target. The first night [we had the new account together] we got 10,000 followers.”

Targetdoesitagain, which now has nearly 1.5 million followers, gave Wiertzema and Coleman the following they needed to launch Ascot+Hart.


“We both had retail backgrounds so we thought, ‘Let’s open a shop that shares all the things we love with an audience that already looks to us for style advice,’ and the rest is history,” Coleman said.

The Ascot+Hart boutique in Richardson opened Nov. 22 and houses the company’s new warehouse, as well as its first storefront. Coleman said the store allows them to cater to customers who were wanting to shop in person rather than just online.

The store features new and vintage clothing, from jackets and T-shirts to hats and sunglasses as well as home decor and gifts. Wiertzema and Coleman said the inspiration for Ascot+Hart merchandise comes from what the two would wear or would like to own.

“It’s stuff that we would feel good wearing and not look like everyone else in,” Coleman said.

Wiertzema and Coleman said they may eventually want to expand, but are excited to focus on the Richardson store and meet their customers in person.

“Right now, I don’t want to lose the intimacy of being able to make each customer feel special when they walk in the door,” Wiertzema said.

Ascot+Hart

1002 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 351, Richardson

www.ascotandhart.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun.


By Samantha Van Dyke
Samantha Van Dyke is Community Impact's DFW Metro Reporter. She previously served as managing editor of The Arkansas Traveler.