Retail Rap

Kate Allen Stukenberg
February 01, 2012

Bevello, a women’s contemporary fashion boutique from North Carolina, opens its first Texas boutique at River Oaks Shopping Center this spring … J.Crew is opening a second Houston location, this one at CityCentre, at Beltway 8 and I-10. The preppy 5,127-square-foot boutique debuts in April between LMD Boutique and Amegy Bank, across from CityCentre plaza … French Cuff Boutique, on Bellaire Boulevard next to Whole Foods Market, has opened a second location at 6401 Woodway … The Pretty Kitty, which specializes in Brazilian waxing, opens on Rice Boulevard in Rice Village in March … On May 6, Target launches an entirely new collaboration concept called The Shops at Target. This time, it’s not about teaming up with a particular fashion designer or fashion brand, but instead with shop owners of specialty stores. San Francisco’s The Candy Store, Miami’s hip fashion shop The Webster, luxury beauty boutique The Cos Bar, Boston-based Polka Dog Bakery and Privet House, a home-goods, antiques and curiosities shop located in Connecticut, have all been chosen as the first shops to curate their own collection of goods for the class-to-mass retailer. The five collections total 400 exclusive products, with prices that range from $1 to $160 … At West Ave, premier gentleman’s boutique Q Custom Clothier has added custom shoes to its repertoire of just-made-for-you items: Q is now the exclusive provider of the Scarpe di Bianco custom shoe program in Houston. This handmade Italian shoemaker produces footwear for the likes of Lanvin and Tom Ford. Stop in to choose from the array of leathers and styles to make your own perfect pair … To kick off the 2012 Heart Card, the discount shopping card benefitting American Heart Association, a fashion show (the third annual) featuring the best of River Oaks Shopping Center boutiques takes place Wednesday, February 29, at River Oaks Theatre. To purchase a Heart Card for $40 and receive discounts up to 30 percent at participating retailers from May 1 through 11, visit ahaguildhouston.orgJohn Evatz, the former Cartier Houston director who left us three years ago to (most recently) help relaunch David Webb in New York, is now back in the Houston jewelry whirl, heading up fine jewelry and watches at Saks Fifth Avenue … Fashion boutique Atrium now stocks Narciso Rodriquez. Owner Luvi Wheelock also let us know that her Vera Wang shop-in-shop carrying bridal and ready-to-wear opens in May … Matt Camron has created a new collection of luxury rugs called the Over-Dyed Collection, featuring antique reproduction patterned rugs vibrantly drenched in shades of purple, green and hot pink.