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Louis Vuitton

Kate Allen Stukenberg
December 12, 2012

French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton has opened the doors to a completely revamped store in Houston — its largest in Texas. Designed by famed architect Peter Marino, the new store, nearly double in size from the previous, is inspired by travel (or perhaps by the jet-setting global clients to whom Vuitton caters), starting with a luggage wall unlike any other in the U.S., studded with the brand’s iconic trunks, suitcases and travel accessories, modeled after the luggage wall of the Louis Vuitton store in Singapore.

Global influences abound — from the parchment-paper wall paneling in the women’s leather-goods area that harkens back to leather and travel, to the intricately folded paper origami ceiling in the watch and accessories space (inspired by Louis Vuitton’s famous Omotesando store in Tokyo) to the spice color palette used throughout, which architect Marino describes as “a spritz of the oriental spices.” Vuitton Houston carries a much richer offering of bags, ready-to-wear, shoes, jewelry and watches for both sexes, and has an awe-inspiring room of exotic bags, many one-of-a kind. We were excited to see the women’s cruise collection already in store. The men’s bag bar is just that — a bar, but in lieu of liquid libations, it’s stocked with stylish wallets, brief- cases, messenger bags and totes. The men’s shoe and ready-to-wear offerings have expanded exponentially, and men’s suiting and tuxedos are available for the first time in Houston. More new perks: a customer service area for special orders and after-sales service, such as repairs, as well as a private entrance and salon for jet-lagged VIPs. Houston Galleria I, 713.960.0707; louisvuitton.com.