No one answers at Cartier, which was boarding up and closed for an undetermined length of time. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
The boarded-up Madewell in Highland Village makes a poignant statement behind the early Fourth of July decorations. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Harry Winston in River Oaks District will remain closed 'until further notice.' (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Workers at Dolce & Gabbana in River Oaks District boarded the store on Sunday. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Dior in River Oaks District was ahead of the game, completely boarded up early Sunday. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
The Hermés crew at work boarding up windows and doors at the River Oaks District boutique. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Late Monday, Tenenbaum Jewelers boards up after a window was smashed late Sunday night. (Photo by Tony Bradfield)
Hermés adds its signature brown to the boarded-up storefront. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Merchandise in Canali removed from windows and interiors. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Sephora in Highland Village is wrapped in protective plywood. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Crate & Barrel in Highland Village is taking precautions against an anticipated problems. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
John Lobb is empty of merchandise in advance of possible trouble in River Oaks District. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
NARS cosmetics in River Oaks District boards up. (Photo by Holly Moore)
Baccarat in River Oaks District boards up. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Pottery Barn in Highland Village (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
With merchandise removed from sight, Brunello Cucinelli in River Oaks District boards up. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
After the windows were smashed in Tony Bradfield’s incredibly secure Tenenbaum Jewelers on Sunday night, by midday Monday he was planning on boarding up just as his neighbors in Houston’s River Oaks District and Highland Village did over the weekend.
Monday morning, The Galleria was closed with a phalanx of police officers covering every automobile entrance and Simon making no comment on the precautions or even that the mall was closed. Houston luxury stores are on edge.
Despite the relatively peaceful George Floyd demonstrations in Houston so far, high-end merchants are worried. The destruction in Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Minneapolis has Houston on guard. Rumors are flying that anarchists and other bad actors are heading for the city to stir up similar trouble during Floyd’s funeral.
National news media is already descending on Houston for the funeral, the date of which at this moment remains unannounced, and for the chaos that is feared will ensue. Despite the fact that Houston’s demonstrations largely have been peaceful so far with Houston police chief Art Avecedo marching with protestors at one point.
A stroll through River Oaks District early Sunday evening revealed an eerie sight. Hermés, Cartier, Harry Winston, and Dolce & Gabbana were in the process of boarding up. Jo Malone and Dior virtually disappeared in a wall of imposing plywood. John Lobb, Canali and Brunello Cucinelli had emptied their stores of all visible merchandise.
Calls to a number of the merchants went unanswered, messages not returned. The man with Harry Winston, who answered from his post in Dallas, said he could not comment on the situation but the venerable jeweler would remain closed “until further notice.”
The boarding up presented an odd visual as neighboring Toulouse and Le Colonial diners were enjoying dinner despite the slight drizzle that dampened the Floyd activity on Sunday.
Even before looters smashed the windows at Forever 21 in The Galleria on Saturday, Saks Fifth Avenue was moving its handbags, fine jewelry and other merchandise off the floor.