Sneak Peak at New Saks

Luxury at every turn defines the new bright and airy Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria

Luxury at every turn defines the new bright and airy Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
New Saks Fifth Avenue salon defined by whmisical glass spline chandelier. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
Bar 12 ready for service in the center of the store on the first floor. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Handbags, cosmetics, shoes, jewlery and men's clothing populate the first floor.
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
The Saks Fifth Avenue Club takes on a fresher dimension. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
The Gucci beauty boutique on the first floor. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
The new store opens via porte cochere to Westheimer parking lot. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
First floor fashions in the new Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
Designer and contemporary find a ritzy home on the second floor. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
Restaurant and bar 51Fifteen is ready for action.  Photo by Shelby Hodge
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
The private room at 51Fifteen. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
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Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016
Saks Fifth Avenue Opening April 2016

While on-line shopping is putting a dent in brick-and-mortar bottom lines across the country, Saks Fifth Avenue throws down the retail gauntlet on Thursday with opening of its spectacular 200,000 square foot store in the Galleria. And you won't want to miss it.

A media tour on Tuesday raised the curtain on the two-story emporium that will host fundraisers Tuesday night and Wednesday night before the official ribbon cutting Thursday morning.

Open and airy, sophisticated and contemporary, this new destination for Houston retailing is sure to reign as a fashionista's paradise. The store boasts luxury at every turn from the hand-knotted Tibetan wool and silk inset area rugs throughout to ceramic sculptures by Canadian Pascale Girardin to the variety of chandeliers including a striking Murano-inspired glass bubble spline chandelier in the expanded shoe department.

Focal point on both floors is a sculptured spiral staircase that speaks to the mid-century modern influences felt throughout. Tucked into the curve of the stairway is Bar 12 serving coffees, drinks and pastries. On the second floor, 51Fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails continues its culinary and watering hole traditions established at the original Saks, but with more space and more design pizzazz. 

With 22 designer boutiques, plus various emerging designers, on the second floor, a girl could spend some serious dinero particularly with labels exclusive to Saks such as Brandon Maxwell, Lanvin, Derek Lam and Erdem. Don't miss the hand-hammered copper chairs that feed to contemporary vibe.

While the ladies will be lavishly cosseted in the upgraded Fifth Avenue Club with its private suites, the gents will find their own shopping nirvana in the masculine men's lounge where made-to-order suits are part of the shopping experience. In a change from the previous store, menswear is located on the first floor.

With more room than in the original Galleria store, Saks has expanded its beauty and fragrance department, making it the second largest such department outside of the New York flagship store. The boutiques — nine beauty and five fragrance — include Kilian, Gucci, Hermés, and Tom Ford. 

The luxurious mode extends, as would be expected, to the fine jewelry department where there is a private consulting room and seven boutiques, with designs by Hermés, Piaget, Pomellato, Vhernier and many more.

With opening of the new Saks Fifth Avenue, demolition will being on the old location, making way for an expanded corridor with 35 stores and restaurants.