Style

Luggage to Swoon Over: Louis Vuitton’s New Travel Bags Bring Space-Age Technology and a Design Giant’s Touch

When Marc Newson is brought in to collaborate on a product, rest assured design and engineering will be matters of utmost importance. Louis Vuitton’s carry-on rolling luggage, out this month, breaks Read

Marc Newsom knows luggage.

Swiss Fashion Makes a River Oaks Impact: Sleek New Store Targets Sophisticated Texas Women

Less-is-more devotees, rejoice: Your go-to label has landed in Houston. Akris, the Swiss brand known for fine embroideries and clean lines, has opened in River Read

The Coolest Sunglasses Ever? Warby Parker Channels Kerouac, Challenges Eyewear Norms With New Dallas Store

by Samantha Klaassen

A little more than two years after it first landed in Dallas’ Knox-Henderson neighborhood, eyewear boutique Warby Parker is set to open a second location, Read

Warby Parker's newest boutique in NorthPark Center (Rendering courtesy Warby Parker)

Interiors

A room in River Oaks

Smarter Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill: Using Tech and Priceless Info to Help You and the Planet

Everyone wants to save energy in theory. It’s good for the environment. It’s good for the planet. It’s good for your pocketbook. But what do Read

Many young couple

The American China Maker that the Queen of England Adores: Four Generations of Craftsmanship and Now a Dallas Twist

At 123 years old, Pickard China is the oldest American fine china maker and considered one of the finest in the world. Even the Queen Read

Halo Home by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman offers dinnerware sets in three monogram styles.

Inside the Plush California Home (and Glamorous World) of a Restaurant Tycoon — and Artist: Hanging With Mr. Chow

photography Casey Dunn for Sisterhood MGMT

AFTER A 50-YEAR HIATUS, ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST CELEBRATED RESTAURATEURS RETURNS TO HIS ART STUDIO In a leafy enclave near Beverly Hills, a noted restaurateur Read

A Pioneering African-American Art Force Changes Houston and Museums Everywhere: Why Isn’t She Better Known?

ALVIA WARDLAW, A WELLESLEY GRAD AND UT’S FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PhD IN ART HISTORY, LAUNCHED GEE’S BEND QUILTERS, SPENT 40 YEARS AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE Read

Alvia Wardlaw is currently director of the University Museum at TSU. (Photo Max Burkhalter)

A Powerhouse Texas Artist Examines America Through the Ku Klux Klan — and the Results Are Beyond Haunting

Every once in while, an artist comes along who is both mirror and chronicler of our times. In Depression-era and post-War America, it was Edward Hopper. Read

Vincent Valdez works in his studio.

A Revitalized Houston Art Fair Returns With a Cool New Venue, Powerful Women and International Connections

Not only has Houston Fine Art Fair been rebranded as Houston Art Fair, but there’s also a welcome venue change. Gone are the days of hiking to NRG Center; Read

A Major Houston Arts Leader Bolts for San Francisco, Hiram Butler Proves Less is More and Media Art Takes New Form

The Bloom on the Rose: Proving that less is more and Mother Nature rules, Hiram Butler Gallery presents an exhibition of only two paintings — but what Read

Culture

Parties

Houston’s Most-Anticipated Parties: The Grandest Galas of Fall

by Catherine D. Anspon and Anne Lee Phillips

Unfurling The Gilded Pages In The Social Datebook, We Profile Our Pick Of Gala Chairs Who Preside Over A Half-Dozen Fabled Evenings That Define Our Fall. CHAIRMAN: BECCA Read

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