PaperCity's Monica Bickers, Holly Moore, and Francine Ballard at the River Oaks District Preview.
Colin Moussa, marketing director of River Oaks District.
Servers in hard hats greet media with refreshments.
Jeff Smith gives his best construction worker pose at the River Oaks District Preview.
OliverMcMillen's Hillary Crowe.
PaperCity's Holly Kuhn, Mary Hoang, Kara Smith, and Farrell Lawo at the River Oaks District Preview.
Mark Sullivan at the River Oaks District Preview.
Michael Mandola at the River Oaks District Preview.
OliverMcMillen's Jeff Zeigler and Gregg Wattson revealing the opening date of October 1 at River Oaks District.
River Oaks District sunnies and hard hats.
The scene created by Todd Events.
The breakfast spread by A Fare Extradordinaire.
Coming soon: Tom Ford.
Coming soon: Cartier.
Lush arrangements by Todd Events.
Yogurt parfaits from A Fare Extraordinaire.
Towering arrangements by Todd Events.
River Oaks District is changing Houston shopping.
A rendering of Dior at River Oaks District.
A rendering of the Grey House lobby at River Oaks District.
A rendering of the pool at the Grey House at River Oaks District.
A rendering of the interior of the luxury apartments at the Grey House at River Oaks District.
An aerial rendering of River Oaks District.
A temporary Tom Ford sign is up, and 72 newly planted mature oak trees are flourishing at the River Oaks District. An affirmative sign of the luxury that is to come, developer OliverMcMillen pulled out all the stops for the hard-hat media preview of the highly anticipated shopping, dining and entertaining destination located on Westheimer near 610. Todd Events created a lush green scene with boxwoods, greenery and topiary amidst the construction, with a breakfast bar topped by towering arrangements of green roses, hydrangea and succulents. A Fare Extraordinaire served up coffee, wheatgrass shots and smoked salmon, spinach quiche and yogurt parfaits. Abiding by the “chic business casual” dress code, editors, PR mavens and bloggers turned out with Hermès Birkin bags and Valentino Rockstuds accessorized with white hard hats and citron vests emblazoned with the ROD logo.
OliverMcMillen’s Kyle Dorand gave tours of the 14-acre wonderland, pointing out the intersection of chic: an immense Dior flagship, a gleaming Cartier boutique and a two-story 10,000-square-foot Hermès flagship. Native stone creates unity throughout the development, while each retailer has designed its own storefront to provide a “downtown sense.” Canopies with fans create shade over each storefront while circulating air. The numbers are impressive: 15-foot-wide sidewalks, 295,000 square feet of retail space, 73,000 square feet of boutique office space in a glass box and 279 luxury apartments. Parking will be a breeze, too: An app on your phone enables the flash valet to bring your car to you in front of, say, Roberto Cavalli when you’re ready to leave. (But with dining, shopping, entertainment and living space, it’s hard to imagine why you’d want to go.)
River Oaks District officially opens to the public Thursday, October 1, with retailers continuing to open throughout the fall and spring of 2016.
Here is a comprehensive list of announced tenants to date:
Retailers: Akris, Anne Fontaine, Bonobos, Brunello Cucinelli, Canali, Cartier, Chopard, Davidoff of Geneva, Dior, Diptyque, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Giuseppe Zanotti, Hermès, Intermix, John Lobb, Kiton, L’Occitane, Moncler, Patek Philippe at de Boulle, Planet Blue, Roberto Cavalli, St. Nicola, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vilebrequin, Vince.
Restaurants: American Food and Beverage, Le Colonial, Steak 44, Taverna, Thirteen Pies, Toulouse Café and Bar.
Wellness and Spa: Equinox.
Entertainment: iPic Theatres.