Shabby Slips owner Renea Abbott got her start in NYC at the design firm, Irvine & Fleming, working the most well-heeled of Manhattan. After a decade of NYC, she ventured to Los Angeles to assist various celebrities, rock stars, and hockey great Wayne Gretzky and his new bride, Janet Jones, with their new Los Angeles digs. It was in L.A. that the idea for Shabby Slips was born.
Renea and her mom, Barbara Carlton, started Shabby Slips, the first custom slipcover shop, in 1991, while she split her time between L.A. and Texas. Now Houston is home and where the main shop is located. Shabby Slips was well received from the start and soon started manufacturing upholstery and buying fine antiques all over the country. As the antiques side of the business expanded, they continued to travel, collect, purchase, and import high-quality products from Europe and all over the globe.
“I started making Round Top part of my business plan every year, because my favorite place to be is a flea market,” Renea says. “Round Top is one of the best places in the world to go on that elusive treasure hunt. Market Hill brought a more permanent presence to Round Top making it easier for dealers and buyers to shop in a well lit climate-controlled environment (air-conditioning is much needed!), and a great restaurant to meet a friend for a glass of wine after the shows. It’s a very comfortable shopping experience, and it is a very eclectic mix of dealers and merchandise – old, new, vintage, antiques, and period pieces,” she says.
To the fall show, she will be bringing “art, new art.” Anything else, she says, “will be a surprise!”
Learn more about Renea and Shabby Slips at ShabbySlipsHome.com.