The 45 Stores Every Fashion Lover Should Know: Houston’s Best Shopping
Baanou in River Oaks District (Photo by Pete Molick)
Elizabeth Anthony in Uptown Park (Photo by Jack Thompson)
Forty Five Ten in River Oaks District
Forty Five Ten in River Oaks District
Kick Pleat (Photo by Dagny Piasecki)
Kick Pleat (Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton)
The Webster at the Galleria
The Webster at the Galleria
Despite the convenience of online shopping, there’s something charming and city-specific about shopping in an actual boutique. Houston’s shopping landscape covers everything from home-grown specialty stores to designers from across the globe, providing even the most avid shopper a healthy dose of retail therapy.
These are the stores that any Houston newcomer or near native should know.
À Bientôt, 2501 River Oaks Blvd., abientot713.com. A cozy beloved Houston boutique chock-a block with very affordable costume jewelry, scarves, bags, trinkets, embroidered and monogrammed everything — think Palm Beach meets the Hamptons meets the Lone Star State. Pick up a needlepoint Smathers and Branson Houston icon belt, exclusive to A Bientot, MDS Stripes by Mark D. Sikes, Bounkit, Julie Vos, Jack Rogers and more.
Ann and Sid Mashburn, 2515 River Oaks Blvd. at Westheimer, sidmashburn.com. Ann Mashburn and her husband, Sid — he designed for Ralph Lauren and J. Crew; she was an editor at Glamour and Vogue — have brought their modern Southern prep style to Houston, with Ann’s charming women’s boutique cheek to jowl with Sid’s gentlemen’s shop. Both Sid and Ann stock Mashburn-labeled pocket squares, perfect blazers, sports jackets, trousers, footwear, shirting, neckwear, and scarves.
Baanou, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road, baanou.com. One of the only locally owned boutiques in River Oaks District, Baanou caters to fashion-savvy women with an eye for both classics and nascent talents. Contemporary lines include Asilio, C/MEO Collective, Eddie Borgo, Cynthia Vincent, Yigal Azrouel, Finders Keepers, Frame Denim, Keepsake, Stone Cold Fox, Thurley, and Zimmermann.
Whether you seek denim, a dress for a night out on the town, or comfortable loungewear, you’ll find it here.
Brooke Feather, River Oaks Shopping Center, 2020 W. Gray St., brookefeather.com. Get a taste of the West Coast at this high-end women’s boutique, where laid-back style and modern aesthetic meet. From blouses, caftans, knits, and leather outerwear to statement-making sunglasses and designer denim, this is a fashion-forward favorite for your weekend wardrobe.
Cotton Club, 3941 San Felipe, cottonclubcollection.com. A precious saltbox-style store stocked with casual women’s wear and in in-store Lilith boutique, as well as a beautiful collection of fine jewelry from Todd Reed, Fern Freeman, Sydney Evan, Gurhan and more.
Elizabeth Anthony, Uptown Park, 1121 Uptown Park Blvd, elizabethanthonyhouston.com. Stocks a modern mix of fine and fashion jewelry, handbags and ready-to-wear from designers Alberta Ferretti, Christian Siriano, Escada, Giambattista Valli, Jenny Packham, Yigal Azrouel, Edie Parker, Judith Leiber, Kotur and Tyler Alexander.
Forty Five Ten, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road, fortyfiveten.com. This beloved Dallas-based retail mecca carries a world-class, tightly edited mix of top collections for women, an exclusive men’s assortment, chic home objects, fine jewelry, and beauty and fragrance indie exclusives, plus an Assouline book corner.
Look for designers Carven, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Rosie Assoulin, Gabriela Hearst, JW Anderson, Monse, Rochas, Nicholas Kirkwood, Tabitha Simmons, Alejandro Ingelmo, Mark Cross, Smythson, Valextra, Maison Margiela, The Elder Statesman, Thom Browne, John Lobb, Lanvin, Common Projects, Nick Fouquet, Jade Jagger, Spinelli Kilcollin, Kimberly McDonald, Of Rare Origin, Knoll, and Connor Stationery.
Hamilton Shirts, 5700 Richmond Ave., hamiltonshirts.com. An American institution founded in 1883 and worn by statesmen, entertainers, and captains of industry, Hamilton shirts are carried at Barneys New York and Wilkes-Bashford, and at their Houston headquarters, where every shirt is cut by hand and sewn. Go for a fitting and the famed custom shirt.
Kick Pleat, 2565 Kirby Dr., kickpleat.com. An Austin transplant, Kick Pleat carves a niche with rising and established designers. Look for racks of labels from Jill Sander, Issey Miyake, Rachel Comey, Creatures of Comfort, and Common Projects.
Luxington, BLVD Place, 1700 Post Oak Boulevard, shopluxington.com. The womenswear boutique stocks a bevy of contemporary brands including Nanette Lepore, Paige Denim, AqAq, We Are Kindred, and Ministry of Style. Stop by the first Wednesday of every month for 20 percent off of your entire purchase alongside bites and bubbles.
Neiman Marcus , The Galleria, 2600, Post Oak Blvd., neimanmarcus.com. The most famous of Texas brands. What more can you say about Neiman’s.
Saint Bernard, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road, saintbernard.com. Dallas-based sports store Saint Bernard houses top-of-the-line gear for skiing, snowboarding, camping, hiking, beaching, and lounging in 14,000 square feet of space, including Patagonia, North Face, Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, Southern Tide, Hunter, Peter Millar, Canada Goose, Spyder, Obermeyer, Nills, Bogner, and Rodd & Gunn.
Saks Fifth Avenue, The Galleria, 5175 Westheimer, saksfifthavenue.com. A new 210,000 square foot Saks Fifth Avenue is is as gorgeous to look at as it is to shop. The shoe salon is magnificently large, the beauty department amazing, and the restaurant Fifty One Fifteen eye-popping.
Sloan/Hall, 2620 Westheimer Road, sloanhall.com. This chic store has sourced fashion, handbags, jewelry, and apothecary for the Houston jet set. Look for labels from Maison Margiela, Sacai, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Opening Ceremony, Iris van Herpen, Emanuel Ungaro, handbags from Valextra, Perrin Paris, Maison Margiela, jewelry from Ileana Makri, Anna Porcu, Halleh, and Mallary Marks, and fragrance and bath from Escentric Molecule and Grown Alchemist. Say hello to the charming Shannon Hall and Marcus Sloan, adored fixtures on the social circuit.
Stag, 2614 Westheimer, stagprovisions.com. An Austin transplant with the requisite cool factor, Stag stocks sturdy menswear brands Faherty, Life After Denim, RRL, Helm and more. Pick up jackets, trousers, outerwear, suiting, shoes, accessories, apothecary, and home goods.
Tootsies, West Ave, 2601 Westheimer Road, tootsies.com. A Houston fashion scene for more than 40 years, Tootsies packs 35,000 elegant square feet with names like Dior, Alexander McQueen, J. Mendel, Saint Laurent, Brandon Maxwell, Balmain, Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta, Rick Owens, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Victoria Beckham, Naeem Khan, Andrew Gn, Monique Lhuillier, and the The Row.
The Webster, Galleria, 5045 Westheimer Road, thewebster.us. A glass jewel box sited just outside the Galleria proper, Houston is the second city for this South Beach retailer, which offers a tight edit of designer collections and accessories for men and women, from Alexander Wang, Aurelie Bidermann, Chloé, Givenchy, Gucci, Pierre Hardy, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, Olympia Le Tan, Rosie Assoulin, Sonia Rykiel, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, and Valentino.
Nothing says great deal like lightly worn Cavalli, Etro, Escada, Hermès, Chanel, Balenciaga, Dior, Gucci, and more — all of which are consigned on a regular basis at these vintage gems.
The Little Bird, 1735 Post Oak Blvd., thelittlebirdinc.com
More Than You Can Imagine, 2817 Westheimer, mtyci.com
JEWELS + TIMEPIECES
Bulgari, The Galleria, 5015 Westheimer, bulgari.com
Cartier, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer, cartier.com
Chopard, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer, chopard.com
Cynthia Ann Jewels, 3433 W. Alabama, cynthiaannjewels.com
David Yurman, The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer, davidyurman.com
De Beers, The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer, debeers.com
De Boulle + Patek Philippe, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer, deboulle.com
Deutsch & Deutsch, 3747 Westheimer, deutschjewelers.com
Harry Winston, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer, harrywinston.com
Hublot, The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer, hublot.com
I W Marks, 3841 Bellaire Blvd., iwmarks.com
John Hardy, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer, johnhardy.com
Lesley Ann Jewels, 4721 Westheimer, lesleyannjewels.com
Lewis Jewelers, Uptown Park, 1141 Uptown Park Blvd., lewisusa.com
Mariquita Masterson, 2505 River Oaks Blvd., mariquitamasterson.com
Mont Blanc, The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer, montblanc.com
Omega, The Galleria, 5015 Westheimer, omegawatches.com
Rolex, The Galleria, 5015 Westheimer, rolex.com
Tag Heuer, The Galleria, 85 Westheimer, tagheuer.com
Tenenbaum, 4310 Westheimer, tenenbaumandco.com
Thomas Markle Jewelers, 947 Gessner Road, thomasmarklejewelers.com
Tiffany & Co., The Galleria, 5015 Westheimer, tiffany.com
Tourneau, The Galleria, 5015 Westheimer, tourneau.com
Tourbillon, The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer, tourbillon.com
Van Cleef & Arpels, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer, vancleefarpels.com
Wayne Smith Jewels, The St. Regis Hotel, 1919 Briar Oaks Lane, waynesmithjewels.com
Zadok, 1749 Post Oak Blvd., zadok.com