When the Nasher Sculpture Center store reopened in September after a few days’ hiatus, it was practically unrecognizable. The man behind the museum gift shop’s revamp: luxury retail veteran Donald Fowler, formerly the buyer at Nest. “People have been eating it up,” Fowler says.
He believes the humor is what’s resonating. “People don’t want to buy a bunch of serious stuff,” he says. The reimagined store offers typical museum inventory of course, such as puzzles, pencils, and Nasher-branded mugs and tote bags, but shoppers can also discover Fowler’s finds from Europe, including banana lamps by Seletti, clairvoyant dice that tell your future, unique watches and wall clocks by German maker Biegert & Funk, and—if you can picture it—a fashionable bike helmet, all of which he believes are in keeping with the shop’s mission to enhance the museum experience for patrons and customers.