Retail Rap

Houston Shopping News for October

Kate Stukenberg
October 01, 2012

Please join Audrey Cochran, Carrie Trainer, Kristin Nix, Ashley Pearce and PaperCity’s Kate Stukenberg, along with their tiny tots, at the new Splendid boutique in Highland Village Shopping Center, Saturday, October 6, 11:30 to 1, for the men’s, women’s and children’s wear opening event, Crafting Community for Splendid! Try crafts, activities, sips and snacks. Best part? It’s free and fun for all ages. Space is limited. RSVP to houston@splendid.comNeiman Marcus hosts jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke, Tuesday, October 2 – 4; Dominique Cohen, Wednesday, October 3; Dina Mackney, Saturday, October 6; Michelle Smith of Milly and jewelry designer Steven Lagos (showing off his Lagos collection at a PaperCity-hosted meet-and-greet, 2 to 4 pm), Wednesday, October 10; Nancy Gonzalez of the colorful skin accessories (think python and croc), Thursday, October 11; and Victor Velyan, who brings his baubles to the Precious Jewelry Department, Thursday and Friday, October 18 and 19 … Saks Fifth Avenue stops: Perfumer Killian Hennessey is in town Wednesday, October 4, 2 – 4 pm; stop by to meet the man behind the fragrance collection. Saks also hosts jewelry designer Ippolita Friday, October 19, 11– 1 … Tootsies hosts local jewelry designer Kathy Bracewell and her Agate Ranch + Marfa collection Tuesday, October 23, to kick off Casa de Esperanza’s 2013 gala, Building Hope for Children. Stop by from 6 – 8 to shop for the cause, as a portion of proceeds from the evening will go to the charity. Ranjana Khan (wife of our beloved Naeem) is at Tootsies Wednesday – Friday, October 24 – 26, 10 – 7, with her stunning collection of embellished baubles inspired by her Indian culture … Fashion designer and shop owner Linda Cunningham is relaunching her Haut Chocolat fashion boutique in River Oaks Shopping Center as Cunningham & Co. with a new partner, friend Julie O’Neal. The corner shop, next door to Circa Lighting and a few doors down from the River Oaks Theatre, opens this month and will stock such names as Issa of London, Z-Spoke by Zac Posen, A.L.C., ML by Monique Lhuillier and Equipment shirts, as well as jewelry and accessories … Sloan/Hall now carries French fashion label Balmain, and the fall collection has arrived in-store … Get your leather on with Mexico City–based fashion designer Jose Sanchez, who’s opening an atelier at 2501 South Shepherd, just north of Kirby. After visiting with Houston clients three times a year for a decade, he’s decided to set up his U.S. home base here. For details or to schedule a private appointment with the designer, contact director of U.S. sales Luigi Santos at 713.829.9980 … M. Penner has grown its shoe department with a return of Salvatore Ferragamo and expanded collections of Gravati, John Varvatos and Donald J. Pliner … Joseph once again hosts The American Cancer Society’s Holiday Shopping Card Kick-Off Party. Friday, October 26, 6 - 8, for cocktails and shopping plus a personal appearance by jewelry designer Margaret Ellis (through October 27) … Elizabeth Anthony/Esther Wolf welcomes Liancarlo designer Carlos Ramirez to the boutique Thursday, October 4, 2 – 5 , with a trunk of holiday/spring collections. Trivia note: The last time Ramirez was at the store was the day owner Julie Roberts purchased Esther Wolf, nine years ago … Blow Dry Bar has opened a second locale, this one in the Memorial area at 1347 S. Voss at Woodway behind Carrabba’s, so Memorial girls can have tamed tresses, too. Styles start at $35, makeup application is also on the menu. Book it for groups such as proms, weddings and bachelorettes. Call 713.334.5880 for an appointment … Eco fashion and specialty boutique One Green Street has moved from its original location near West University to The Heights at 3423 White Oak Drive … The authors of the best-selling book The Nanny Diaries, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, make an appearance at Nordstrom Saturday, October 6, in celebration of their newest novel, this one for young adults, titled Over You. Stop by to meet the authors, have your book signed and get a beauty makeover from Estée Lauder. Details, 832.201.2700 … ZaSpa, Hotel ZaZa’s luxe day spa, offers relaxing and purposeful massage treatments created specifically for cancer patients. ZaSpa massage therapists were trained and certified on the highly specialized art of oncology massage at MD Anderson as part of the renowned hospital’s Integrative Medicine Program. The price per 50-minute treatment is $100, plus service charge. For more details, contact the spa at 713.639.4566.