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Where to Shop Now: 'It' handbags, edgy designers, fab new products at Houston boutiques
Summer is ending, school is starting, routines are getting back into their rhythm, and, more importantly, fall shopping has commenced. The time to scour for cutting-edge styles and looks to impress your friends is upon us. There is a pattern this month with debuts of new handbags along with some fabulous new product lines that are sure to catapult anyone into super-stylish status. Let the fall shopping frenzy begin!
Looking for a new bag to tote around this fall? Miu Miu just launched the new “My Miu” bag from the fall/winter 2017 collection. This new style debuted at Paris Fashion Week and became a fan favorite. Embellished with playful snakeskin straps and jeweled and leather buckles, the clutch bag, which starts at around $1,660, comes in many different exotic leathers and even fur in a variety of kicky colors. The bag screams fun but still gives a chic and classic look to any outfit. The new styles are available both in store and online for all those who covet the look.
It is no secret that espadrilles have been the trendy footwear style for spring and summer. French native and Houston founder Laurie Cazeaux decided to leave her career in oil and gas and take her talents to mastering the art of the classic espadrille. Crafted by hand with the finest and most sustainable materials in Aquataine, France, the shoes are exported to Texas and are available on the brand’s online shop. Named after the Queen Alienor of Aquatetain, the line channels feminine power and confidence like the stylish ruler herself. The shoes, which start at $129, come in a variety of classic espadrille styles with wrap around ribbons, platform souls and leather and canvas materials at an affordable price.
This new mother-and-son soap company is warming our hearts and soothing our skin with their luxurious new line of beauty products. Texas native David Foote teamed up with his mother, Marianella, to recreate the fragrances in the bath and body products once created in her grandmother’s kitchen in Venezuela. The USA-made soap bars, liquid soaps, and body creams are all free of harsh chemicals and animal testing, and they contain anti-aging products. The new luxury beauty line, which range from $14 to $48, can be found both online and in a pop-up shop opening this month in The Galleria (through January).
The actress and singer teamed up with Coach creative director Stuart Vevers to create the new “Selena Grace,” a featured bag that embodies both the classic and feminine sides of the brand and the effortless cool of the star herself. The double handle carry-all, which retails for $350, is made to go everywhere and fits all lifestyles. Gomez fans will enjoy the personal touches on the design, including a hangtag bearing her signature and a story patch sewn inside with her empowering message: "To be you is to be strong." Also there is "Love yourself first" in Gomez's handwriting — a phrase inspired by one of her tattoos — embossed onto the base of the bag. The collection is available September 1,just in time to rock the new style while singing Gomez’s newly-released song “Fetish.”
The well-established all-American clothing and accessories brand is adding its sixth Texas location in The Woodlands. Debuting the fall collection, the store features many styles for both men and women that work for Houston fall weather. Classic all-season dresses and super lightweight layering pieces tout the brand’s classic and laid-back feel. One of J. McLaughlin’s concepts for each of their stores is to maintain a neighborhood feel both in aesthetic and personable customer service. Fittingly, the store space is designed to exude the iconography of classic Texas ranch land and farm buildings.
The Uptown Park store has the exclusive on designer and former model Kimora Lee Simmons’ line, KLS. The former Baby Phat designer now creates an architectural, yet feminine collection with a luxe edge. Fall and holiday/resort looks are available at a trunk show August 24-25, with selected pieces from the collection available throughout the coming months.
Georgie Ferrell is a staff writer at CultureMap. Find her at TheQueenMidas.com or follow her on Instagram at @TheQueenMidas.