Houston Treasure for 2008
Photo by: Daniel Ortiz
A native Houstonian, Mickey Rosmarin started his fashion adventure in 1973. After only two months at the University of Saint Thomas, Mickey created and launched his now famous boutique, Tootsies, which has become one of the most luxurious shopping experiences in the nation. Tootsies is the socialite’s preferred shopping destination in Houston, Dallas and Atlanta. Mickey oversees Tootsies and its three locations, taking pride in providing luxury, class and sophistication while continually introducing new and exclusive designs to his customers.
In the summer of 2007, Mickey added to his fame as a cutting-edge fashion visionary for reviving a lost trend from the 70s. Kork-Ease shoes were reintroduced all over the country after Mickey bought the rights to the Kork-Ease name in the effort to resurrect chunky leather platforms as a fashion trend and must-have for the new generation.
Mickey’s success in the fashion industry came easily and quickly, and his penchant for making a difference in people’s lives led to his great success in serving the city he so loves and appreciates. There is hardly a worthy charitable cause that has not benefited from the open-hearted generosity of Mickey and his beloved Tootsies.
Some of Mickey’s favorite causes to support and volunteer for are Dress for Success, AIDS Foundation Houston, Elves and More, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, March of Dimes, Latin Women’s Initiative, ArtBridge Houston, American Heart Association and Friends of the CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation. Since the eighties, Tootsies has hosted such fashion luminaries as Nicole Miller, Andrew Gn, Zandra Rhodes, Diane von Furstenbeg, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Kenneth Jay Lane, Manuel, Mindy Lam and Elaine Turner. Tootsie’s has earned a reputation for producing agnificently creative and lavish events, many of which benefit charities.
One of the most poignant and special moments of his life occurred in 2005 when Mickey became the legal guardian of his goddaughter, Aurey Harper, whose mother could no longer care for her.