Despite the oil slump, new retail stores keep coming to Houston.
On the heels of the opening of the revamped Saks Fifth Avenue in The Galleria and plans for the hip Dallas boutique Forty Five Ten at River Oaks District, a number of other stores with national names are eyeing the Bayou City.
Alice + Olivia, the hip clothing line launched by Stacey Bendet, will open a free-standing store in River Oaks District later this spring. The brand features trendy women’s ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, tech accessories and handbags. Bendet is known for her unique fashion vision, which includes a charitable component. Through May 17, for every dress purchased at Alice + Olivia stores or online, the brand will donate a prom dress to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Prep for Prep.
Jo Malone, known for fine fragrances, lotions and candles, will open its first free-standing boutique in Texas at River Oaks District in early summer, joining Chanel-owned Parisian swimwear and lingerie collection, ERES, and Joie, a stylish boutique offering a collection of casual yet luxurious apparel for women.
Also opening in late summer at River Oaks District are OROA, an upscale indoor outdoor furniture store featuring the global Dutch furniture brand Eichholtz. The location will be the first in Texas and only the second in the nation for OROA. (The other current U.S. location is in Coral Gables, Florida.)
Bella Rinova, a luxury spa and salon offering a wide range of treatments and products intended to revitalize and invigorate the body, will relocate from Uptown Park to River Oaks District in August. It will expand from 2,620 square feet to 7,200 square feet with 5,400 interior space and a large 1,800 square foot covered patio.
The Galleria is also currently expanding, with a new wing of 40 luxury stores and is expected to make announcements of new tenants over the coming weeks.