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Trendy luggage company unpacks first-ever Houston destination

Trendy luggage company unpacks first-ever Houston destination

Away Houston
Away has arrived in Houston.  Photo courtesy of Away
Away Houston
The store is home to the ubiquitous travel case seen in airports everywhere.  Photo courtesy of Away
Away Houston
Each store boasts a customized travel wall.  Photo courtesy of Away
Away Houston
Away Houston
Away Houston

The holiday season in Houston finds locals frantically making travel plans, as they ready to jet away to exotic getaways — or obligatory stays with the in-laws or far-away family. In this era of challenging airline travel restrictions, that means it’s crucial to pack smart.

Perfect timing, then, for global lifestyle brand, Away, to unveil its newest retail store, the first in Houston. The hip travel company arrives just in time for last-minute holiday shopping and will serve as a destination for travelers to gain inspiration and pick out travel essentials for their next trip.

The 3,000-square-foot space is located at The Shops at Highland Village (4033 Westheimer Rd.), and will offer up must-have gifts and travel products perfect any season or destination. Shoppers can expect a selection of Away’s core product line and limited edition collections, including the brand’s ubiquitous carry-ons, checked bags, and stylish personal items.

The new Houston location brings the total number of Away retail locations across the U.S. and in London to eight, with plans to expand even more in 2020.

Customers can experience the store's featured wall, designed with postcard illustrations and travel stories gathered from around the world. The wall will evolve over time to reflect the voices and experiences of different travelers across the Away community as they are collected, according to a release.

The space is designed to be consistent with other Away locations, but also includes localized details inspired by Houston, such as elements of white oak wood, accents of local plants native to the area, and steel grating to evoke the architecture of the city.

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Away Houston in The Shops at Highland Village, 4033 Westheimer Rd.; Monday-Friday from 10am-9pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday from 12pm-6pm.