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Where to shop right now: 10 cool, must-hit stores for May

Where to shop right now: 10 cool, must-hit stores for May

J. Crew store Houston Highland Village
J Crew has opened a new store in Highland Village. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
where to shop right now May 2013 Appriori knit cotten shift dress by Maje available at Nordstrom
Appriori knit cotten shift dress by Maje, $305, Nordstrom Photo courtesy of Nordstrom
Kate Spade tote Par for the Course May 2013
Kate Spade "Par for the Course" tote, $199, at Kate Spade Galleria store.   Photo courtesy of Kate Spade
Houston where to shop May 2013 LK Bennett Dahlia Blush Vintage Floral
LK Bennett Dahlia blush vintage floral shoe Photo courtesy of LK Bennett
David Peck USA Bridal Ambassador Gown wedding gown
David Peck has opened a bridal atelier in his Kirby Drive studio. Photo by © Sofia van der Dys
Houston where to shop May 2013 Miu Miu Rasoir Sunglasses
The capsule collection of Miu Miu Rasoir sunglasses is in stores now. Photo courtesy of Miu Miu
where to shop right now May 2013 Rio dress by Sandro Nordstrom 375
Rio dress by Sandro, $375, Nordstrom Photo courtesy of Nordstrom
J. Crew men's store Houston Highland Village
The new J. Crew store in Highland Village has a men's shop with a separate entrance. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
Houston where to shop May 2013 Madewell
Madewell (what a great name for a clothing chain) is opening a new store in the Galleria. Photo courtesy of Madewell
J. Crew Houston men's store interior Highland Village
Interior of the new J. Crew men's shop in Highland Village. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
J. Crew store Houston Highland Village
where to shop right now May 2013 Appriori knit cotten shift dress by Maje available at Nordstrom
Kate Spade tote Par for the Course May 2013
Houston where to shop May 2013 LK Bennett Dahlia Blush Vintage Floral
David Peck USA Bridal Ambassador Gown wedding gown
Houston where to shop May 2013 Miu Miu Rasoir Sunglasses
where to shop right now May 2013 Rio dress by Sandro Nordstrom 375
J. Crew men's store Houston Highland Village
Houston where to shop May 2013 Madewell
J. Crew Houston men's store interior Highland Village

As spring morphs into summer, shopping habits change, but there is still plenty to check out. In our May edition of Where to Shop Now, unique offerings and new stores abound.

Baby, Go Green

Baby, Go Green, an eco-friendly store offering baby and kid gear, gifts, toys, apparel, bedding and furniture, has opened in CityCentre. After years of scouring stores to find elusive organic, quality, durable, imaginative and safe children’s products, Texas native Debra Ibáñez decided to launch a different kind of children’s boutique, offering personally, hand-picked organic products. 

L.K. Bennett London

British accessible luxury brand L.K.Bennett, a favorite of Princess Kate, has just launched a limited edition vintage-inspired shoe line for spring/summer. Styles include a kitten heel, a pump, and a sandal, each available in a choice of blush or navy floral print from the L.K.Bennett archive. The collection ($275 to $375) is available at the L.K. Bennett store in the Galleria.

Madewell

After a successful foray into the Houston market with a store at Market Street in The Woodlands, the Boho vintage-loving younger sister to J.Crew officially opens June 4 in Galleria IV, but we're hoping for a peek at the new digs before then. Enjoy muted neons, soft stripes, and pretty patterns in the spring/summer 2013 collection plus a selection of new labels. Perfect dresses to wear to Free Press Summer Fest.

Maje & Sandro at Nordstrom

These two French favorite über-cool Parisian brands run by sisters are now carried at the Nordstrom Galleria store.  Maje takes a twist on the classic with a focus on glamorous pieces and sharp details, with a resolutely feminine silhouette. Sandro is as uniquely special, feminine and distinctly French.

Their first hit was a series of dresses in patterned patchwork with bubble sleeves that were bohemian-chic and loose but with a real style and presence. Both have grown to be a label known for feminine, versatile dressing.

Miu Miu

Although this year’s Met Gala has passed, punk continues to reign supreme, as Miu Miu recently launched the new Rasoir sunglass capsule collection. The collection, the “result of alternative elegance, stemming from contradiction,” is available at the Galleria Miu Miu boutique and select opticians.

David Peck

David Peck is almost single-handedly putting Houston on the fashion map. He recently opened a spacious design studio/manufacturing facility at 3200 Kirby Drive, where his collections are made and displayed. Now he has now added a wedding atelier with just about everything a bride needs, including made-to-measure wedding gowns, along with custom and ready-to-wear designs for the wedding party, from mother-of-the-bride to flower girl— all made in Houston.

J. Crew

After recently opening an outpost at CityCentre, J. Crew debuts a big new store in a porition of the space vacated by Tootsies in Highland Village, next door to Anthropologie. The 8,500-square-foot store includes a separate J. Crew Men's shop, which features the signature Ludlow suit, and an expanded women's shop with an handbag and shoe salon in addition to pieces from the more upscale J. Crew Collection.

Langford Market

Langford Market and its sister store, Addison, have joined forces to create the new Langford Market at Market Street in The Woodlands. The  modern mix of fashion features footwear, bags, clothing and accessories from both stores in one location next to Charming Charlie.

Kate Spade

For the first time, Kate Spade has teamed with the Starwood Preferred Guest program to design four limited edition totes inspired by 2013 Member Favorite Resort list, identifying 71 of Starwood's top resort destinations around the world. The canvas totes are peppered with a witty phrase in a bright color that corresponds with a destination  — “Rest & Relaxation” refers to a spa indulgence,  “Love Is In The Air,” naturally, refers to a romantic retreat; a paradise island is a "Paradise Island," and a golf getaway is "Par for the Course."

The totes, which retail for $199 each, are available at the Kate Spade Galleria store.

Macy's Far East Movement Tour

Macy's celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a special in-store performance of the platinum-selling group Far East Movement at Macy's First Colony Mall store Sunday May 19 at 2 p.m. The group is know for their hits “Like a G6” and “Rocketeer."

The first 250 Macy’s customers to make a purchase of $50 or more from the Junior’s or Young Men’s departments will receive the opportunity to get their picture taken with the band as well as a special gift with purchase (as time and supply permits).