Fashion / Shopping

Another Wave of New Stores is Heading to Houston

All the Shopping Intel You Need

BY // 03.17.17

The retail 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.

Retail News
One of the most exclusive fragrance brands in the world is now calling Houston home. Le Labo’s first local, brick-and-mortar boutique is set to open later this month at 1665 Westheimer Road. The new location is one of merely 35 boutiques across the globe. Expect the brand’s signature 15 unisex perfumes — which are freshly handmade to order — and nine soy-based wax candles.

Australian skincare brand Aesop will also open its first Houston brick-and-mortar location next door to Le Labo at the corner of Westheimer Road and Dunlavy Street this spring. Look for plant-based skin, hair, and body products including parsley-seed cleansers and sage and cedar scalp treatment

Dallas-based Hiatus Spa + Retreat also plans to make its Houston debut this spring with its fourth Texas location at 5740 San Felipe Street. The brand is bringing its signature subscription model to Tanglewood, which gives members complimentary and discounted access to Hiatus’ 50-plus treatments for $69 per month — think massages, facials, mani-pedis, body wraps, hydrotherapy, and more.

Fourteen treatment rooms, a nail-therapy lounge and zero-gravity seating fill the 5,078-square-foot day spa designed by Austin-based Kopicki Design. 

East Coast men’s boutique Social Status is planning to open its first Houston location in CityCentre stocking premium apparel and accessories from brands such as Adidas, Comme Des Garcons, Just Don, Off-White, Hender Scheme, and Jordan. The shop is slated to debut later this year.


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Suit Supply unveiled its second Houston-area location at the Market Street development in The Woodlands. The 3,247 square-foot boutique marks the brand’s fourth Texas location.

It’s location number 23 for DEFINE body & mind as the brand debuts its new Bellaire location on April 4 at 6700 Ferris Street. The nearly 3,000 square-foot studio will offer DEFINE’s signature fitness classes and apparel.

One of our favorite Houston boutiques, Tootsies, has launched its first-ever pop-up shop — Tootsies Takes Off, conveniently stationed across the street from the West Ave flagship next to Milk + Honey. The new pop-up offers some of the season’s most sought after labels at 50 to 80 percent off — think everything from Diane von Furstenberg and Trina Turk to Alice + Olivia and Lafayette 148. Stop by Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm and Sundays from 12 to 5 pm. 

Cookware titan Le Creuset has unveiled its new boutique in Centre at Post Oak at 5000 Westheimer Road.

Cotton Club proprietor Lisa Spain has sold her much-loved store on San Felipe to John Maguire and Jennifer Cunningham. Spain purchased Cotton Club in 1989 from Terrell and Carmel Swan, who opened it in ’83. She combined her Woodway and River Oaks Shopping Center stores and moved to the iconic clapboard cottage on San Felipe 13 years ago.

Maguire was a buyer at Tootsies, Cunningham was most recently director of merchandising at Elizabeth Anthony; previously, she was the contemporary buyer at Tootsies. Plans are to make Cotton Club Houston’s coziest boutique, stocking casual luxury.

Four Seasons Hotel Houston is now home to Buttonhook, marking the first men’s fashion boutique at the newly renovated downtown hotel. Lookout for New Zealand contemporary brand Rodd & Gunn, Anne Sisteron, and more.

Designer Sarah Sharp Leatherwood’s namesake showroom has opened at 3000 Weslayan. Look for luxury home goods such as Frazada pillows, blankets, dog beds, and clutches crafted from Peruvian textiles, designed by Leatherwood, who lived abroad in Peru, and constructed by in-house seamstresses.

Shop these bags at Sarah Sharp’s new showroom.

Julie Koch’s Elegant Additions plumbing, hardware, fixtures, and lighting for the bath and kitchen has moved from its longtime space on Bartlett Street to 104 West 12th Street, corner of Yale, in The Heights. The 100-year-old building houses 4,800 square feet of top-notch lines, including Vola faucets, Devon & Devon, Watermark faucets from Brooklyn, THG Paris Collection of faucets, Kallista, Rocky Mountain Hardware and Bronze de France. New to the showrooms is Hastings Couture Collection, William Holland English baths, and more.

Jerry Jeanmard and partner Laura Hudson have opened Wells Design showroom and retail storefront at Decorative Center Houston. Wells Design, founded more than 60 years ago by legendary Houston designer Herbert Wells, has long been a staple among Houston’s upper crust.

The new showroom stocks the Wells Design Collection of furniture, which is based on archival sketches hand-drawn by Herbert Wells himself, discovered last year while the company was moving its offices, as well as Ann-Morris Lighting, O. Henry House furnishings, Pintura Studio, and Vermilion Rugs.

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Women’s boutique Kick Pleat adds designer Shaina Mote‘s modern apparel to its expansive inventory. Kick Pleat, 2565 Kirby Drive. 

Luxington Boutique in BLVD Place adds a bevy of popular Australian brands to its line up. Lookout for Ministry of Style, MLM, We Are Kindred, and AqAq — all of which are exclusive to Luxington. Luxington Boutique, BLVD Place, 1700 Post Oak Boulevard. 

Paloma Nail Salon adds CND Shellac to its non-toxic nail service inventory. Guests can now add CND’s new non-toxic, seven-free formula to any service for an additional $25. New spring colors from Deborah Lippman are also in stock. Paloma, BLVD Place, 1700 Post Oak Boulevard.

Baanou in River Oaks District welcomes three new lines to contemporary inventory — Karina Grimaldi, Amur, and Beyonce-favorite Alice McCall. Baanou, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road. 

Alice McCall’s designs are now at Baanou in River Oaks District.

Trunk Shows and Personal Appearances
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‘s new River Oaks District boutique fêtes the Houston launch of MAKE, a New York-based art-driven makeup line, this Saturday, March 18 from 10 am to 6 pm. Guests will be treated to custom makeovers and artist consultations. The posh boutique also hosts interior designer, author, and Emmy award-winning TV host Moll Anderson for the launch of her fifth book Change Your Home, Change Your Life with Color on Friday, March 31 from 1 to 3 pm. 

Dallas-based shoe company The Sabah Dealer heads to Houston for an exclusive trunk show event Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25 at FOUND For the Home (3433 West Alabama Street.) Owner Mickey Ashmore showcases the Spring 2017 collection of his vibrant sabahs — Turkish slippers.

Uptown Park boutique Elizabeth Anthony showcases Christian Siriano‘s Fall 2017 collection takes center stage with a EA trunk show on Thursday and Friday, March 23 and 24. Tyler Ellis‘ hand bags will also be on display March 23 and 24. Designer Lourdes Chavez rounds out the month with a personal appearance and suit/eveningwear Fall 2017 trunk show on Thursday and Friday, March 30 and 31. Elizabeth Anthony, Uptown Park, 1180 Uptown Park Boulevard. 

Kick Pleat hosts a Tibi trunk show on Saturday, March 18, which will showcase the brand’s new design direction. Austin-based designer Miranda Bennett‘s creations will be on display at a special trunk show on Saturday, April 1. Kick Pleat, 2565 Kirby Drive. 

Luxington Boutique in BLVD Place launches Pop.Fizz.Shop the first Wednesday of each month. Grab a glass of champagne, and enjoy 20 percent off of your entire purchase. Lookout for the next installment Luxington Boutique, BLVD Place, 1700 Post Oak Boulevard.

Tootsies ups the shopping ante highlighting curated collections — brands include Calvin Rucker, Rag & Bone Denim, SEA, and Caroline Constas — every Friday in March. Each week allows shoppers to participate in a different theme and gain VIP perks. Friday, March 17, “Flow + Glow,” features Revolution Studio and Bronze Bar; followed by Friday, March 24, “Sip + Spin,” which includes appearances from Revolution Studio, Spindrift, and Popstontx; Friday, March 31, “Fresh Beats + Sweets,” concludes the series with tunes from DJ Senega and sweets via Mostly Chocolate.

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