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2 chic Parisian boutiques open designer doors in The Galleria

2 chic Parisian boutiques open designer doors in The Galleria

Sandro women's coat Paris
Urbane and effortless looks are a hallmark of Sandro.  Photo via Sandro.com
Maje women's wear black Paris
Go dramatic with Maje.  Photo via Maje.com
Sandro women's coat Paris checked pattern
Sandro's coats are elegant and timeless.  Photo via Sandro.com
Sandro women's coat Paris
Maje women's wear black Paris
Sandro women's coat Paris checked pattern

Fashion lovers in the Lone Star State have something to be thankful for this month, with the Texas launch of two hot concepts: Paris boutiques Sandro and Maje are opening at Houston’s Galleria and Austin’s The Domain. Both will open November 15.

Maje marked its quarter-century this year, having cemented its reputation as a brand that’s feminine, understated, glamorous, and bold. Founder and artistic director Judith Milgrom has made it a mission to create a style that sketches a subtle difference between modernity and quirkiness, with authentic pieces and sharp details.

Sandro launched in 1984, led by Evelyne Chetrite, who rooted her brand in Parisian attitude and style. Known for on-trend pieces and accessories, handbags, and shoes, Sandro aims for effortless chic in its women’s and menswear collections.

Both boutiques hit Texas with their fall/winter 2018 collections. Maje’s is a clash of influences and moods. Standout pieces include the check overshirt, and corduroy becomes almost sexy in a blazer with a ’70s-inspired collar paired with microshorts. Natural materials are combined with faux fur. Knitwear is omnipresent, along with ski pullovers, graphic stripes, a knowing tribute to motorcycle sweaters and mottled wool.

Sandro’s includes checked jacket-and-skirt and trench-and-trouser combinations recalling the traditional spirit of tailors across the English Channel. Duke of Windsor tartan patterns show off a kind of British nonchalance. Lace and pearls, so beloved by the brand, add a little Queen Victoria-style touch of preciousness.

The Maje Galleria boutique features Carrera marble in its 1,710-square-foot location on the ground level of the Galleria. (The Maje Domain boutique is 1,280 square feet.) Both stores will feature brass fixtures, a real gold leaf wall perimeter feature, felt fabric wall coverings, suspended mannequins, and a strong accessories focus. Both locations will offer a luxury shopping experience with personalized styling appointments, and exclusive VIP events.

Sandro’s Galleria boutique is a 2,323-square-foot location also on the Galleria’s ground floor, while the Domain boutique is a 1,826-square-foot spot. Both feature onyx marble fixtures, travertine stone storefronts, and a strong focus on accessories with illuminated travertine shelving.

Both brands are looking to make a splash on the Texas shopping scene, and fashion lovers who are seeking the latest in trends and service will likely fall in love. For those who’ve been longtime lovers of the brands, it’ll be a treat not to have to travel to other cosmopolitan locales to wear their signature styles.