Elaine Turner - Flagship
Known as Houston's queen of handbags—some even call her the next Tory Burch—Elaine Turner has a lovely Rice Village store that resembles a jewel box. She took over that old funky perfume store near Urban Outfitters and turned it into her flagship. It is an open, airy and luxurious lifestyle boutique with not only her mainstay handbag line, from big day bags to palm-size minaudieres, but also candles, books, bangles, sweet sequined ballerina flats, Claridge + King shirts, and a few select pieces of Tibi clothing. Turner, of course, always hits on the right seasonal notes. But her bags are not trendy in a one minute here, next minute gone kind of way. They are timeless designs you will want to carry every day.
Turner is never very far away from her empire of pretty purses. She offices just above her Rice Village boutique, which also happens to be in a historic art deco building on University Boulevard.