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Major Changes on Houston’s Shopping Scene

Wave of New Stores is Making a Super Impact

BY // 01.18.17

The shopping scene in Houston is forever changing — and growing more upscale. It can be difficult to keep up with all the new stores and big events, but don’t worry: PaperCity has you covered.

Houston’s fashion and design community is making its mark on Super Bowl LI with LAUNCH, an exclusive pop-up shop taking over the ground floor of Partnership Tower (701 Avenida De Las Americas.).

At the helm of the endeavor — PR firm Squid Inc.’s Sydney Dao (sister to fashion designer and Project Runway season two winner Chloe Dao); and Houston First Corporation, which manages some of the city’s premier convention and art institutions including Hilton Americas-Houston and George R. Brown Convention Center.

The pop-up will feature nearly 15 local designers and artisans including Chloe Dao, fashion illustrator RongRong Devoe, clothing line Onyii, fair-trade accessories line La Mochi, and jewelry line Temple Street. LAUNCH runs through Saturday, February 26.

NYX Cosmetics debuts its Galleria boutique this spring. The professional makeup and beauty retailer also launched its first Houston-area location in The Woodlands Mall last week.

Inside the new NYX Cosmetics boutique at The Woodlands Mall (Photo by Roswitha Vogler)

The Heights Mercantile development (741 Yale Street) welcomes three new-to-the-market boutiques this summer — San Francisco-based Marine Layer known for its absurdly soft basics; upscale contemporary women’s boutique Saint Lo, owned by Houston residents Lindsay and Skye Vila; and Dallas-based shop The Gypsy Wagon. Owner Carley Seale stocks whimsical apparel alongside handmade jewels, accessories, and apothecary.

Previously home to Saks Fifth Avenue, the Galleria’s new 110,000-square-foot Galleria VI wing is now open. The concourse allows straight-through access to Saks’ new location, which debuted in April, and will soon house 35 new retailers and restaurants including Nobu, Fig & Olive, Ted Baker, Massimo Duti, and Loro Piano. 

Australian skincare brand Aesop will open its first Houston brick-and-mortar location on Montrose later this year. Look for plant-based skin, hair, and body products including parsley-seed cleansers and sage and cedar scalp treatment.

German-based kitchen designer Leicht takes over the former Relish Fine Foods space at 3951 San Felipe Street on Monday, January 30.

Luxury custom clothier Established Bespoke ditches its West University digs for a new location at The Jones on Main (708 and 712 Main Street), the building which once housed the original Sakowitz Department Store. Specializing in custom men’s suits, expert tailoring, and ready-to-wear collections, Established Bespoke will open early this year.

J. McLaughlin has opened its second Houston location in Town and Country Village at 600 West Sam Houston Parkway North.

Leicht Kitchen opens its first Houston store this month.

Sisters Jacy Cooper and Kady Smalley debut luxury boutique Sette at 2606 Westheimer Road in Avalon Shopping Center near Avalon Diner, stocking designers Giorgio Brato, Halleh jewelry, Calleen Cordero, laFortuna, Spitfire sunglasses, and Beth Orduna jewelry.

Luxury floatation center Mizu Integrative Medicine Center + Float Center has opened at 5161 San Felipe. Recharge in one of the facility’s state-of-the-art flotation pods, a favorite of superstar athletes J.J Watt and Stephen Curry.

Thomas Markle Jewelers unveils a new Rolex boutique in its Woodlands location stationed at 9595 Six Pines Drive.

Cynthia Ann Jewels has opened at 3433 West Alabama Street, stocking Cynthia Ann’s collection of ancient and vintage jewels alongside designers including Erica Courtney, Lisa Nik, and Swedish brand Odd Molly.

TB3 Home has opened a showroom at 2803 Westheimer, with apartment-sized, mid-century modern reproduction furniture. The inventory, housed in a Midtown warehouse, is available for same-day delivery.

Experience a one-of-a-kind float experience at Mizu.

Southampton-based Carleen Ligozio adds new inventory to her namesake River Oaks Shopping Center boutique. Lookout for designs by knitwear label Spencer Vladimir, womenswear brand Megan Park, Wehve handwoven capes, and Shi Cashmere joins the shop later this year — sizes range from 0 to various plus sizes.

Also on hand are rare 1930s and 1960s-era kilim carpets sourced from Turkey and Argentina, and exclusive jewelry crafted from one-of-a-kind diamonds and sapphires from India.  

Uptown Park boutique Elizabeth Anthony is now stocking Roni Blanshay jewelry as well as eveningwear pieces from Mathieu Mirano. EA is the only store in Houston to carry the brand.

The InTwo pop-up shop is back with its latest pop-up installment, which will launch Tuesday, January 24 from 12 to 8 pm, and continue Wednesday, January 25 from 10 am to 8 pm. The brand’s upcoming pop-up is headlined by Parisian designer Nour Hammour, whose leather jackets are beloved by everyone from Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid. For appointments, contact Alexandra@in2shop.netOther featured designers include House of Lavande vintage + signature Jewelry, Varley activewear, TCOLE Swim, Palme D’Or men’s monogrammed pocket squares, and Emm Kuo bags alongside custom men’s and women’s cowboy boots, aged bottled whiskey, and more.

Famous for his eveningwear designs worn by celebrities including Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Kendall Jenner and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Mathieu Mirano makes a personal appearance at Elizabeth Anthony Thursday, January 26 and Friday January 27 from 10 am to 5 pm.

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