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Fashion / Shopping

Long-Awaited Galleria Store To Make a Big Reopening Splash

Sleek Look, Restaurant and Shoe Heaven Are Only the Start

BY // 02.10.16

In what seems like a never-ending stream of retail firsts in Houston this year and last, the grand finale is now officially in sight. Saks Fifth Avenue has just revealed its plans for the long-awaited and much-anticipated grand reopening of their store in its new location in The Galleria.

The new 200,000-square-foot, two-story space will open on April 28, with special VIP events planned for the two days prior, including a cocktail reception to benefit M D Anderson (kicking off the hospital’s 75th anniversary) with designer Erdem Moralioglu the night before.

Saint Laurent
Saint Laurent

“It’s going to be a very, very special store,” said Bobby Dees, vice president and general manager of Saks Houston.

The Houston Saks store typically ranks number three in the country in sales, behind New York and Beverly Hills. Dees, however, is bullish on The Bayou City: “Our goal is to overtake the Beverly Hills store.”

The sleek dramatic facade is a prelude to what customers will delight to find inside, with many new vendors already on the floor for spring — Lanvin, Giambattista Valli, Prada, Azzedine Alaïa and Dries Van Noten among them (a comprehensive list will be announced next month). Designer muscle aside, the store itself might be the biggest attraction, with its stunning bar front and center wrapping the staircase of the ground floor, expanded shoe department and redesigned restaurant and private shopping spaces.

Chanel cosmetic and fragrance counter
Chanel cosmetic and fragrance counter

Menswear moves downstairs, while the celebrated 1022 Shoe Salon goes front and center to the right of the destined-to-be-iconic Westheimer entrance; designer handbags are to the left. Jewelry, including the storied brand Graff, flanks the Sage Street entrance. Not to be outdone on the beauty front, Houston clientele will now be able to shop in the largest beauty and fragrance department outside of Saks’ Fifth Avenue flagship in New York, including a Gucci Beauty boutique, the first (and only one) in Texas.

All in all, it’s a commanding venue — a true temple to luxury fashion — set to establish new standards. In fact, with a bar in the restaurant that stays open late into the night, it seems the space was designed so that their customers might never leave. But of course, in the instance that they are not able to visit in person, the store will come to them via a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Now that’s service — Fifth Avenue style.

10022 shoe salon
10022 shoe salon

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