The law of supply and demand tells us that the best deals are ripe for the picking during the lulls between shopping season. Hence July, when most of us have already filled up our summer closets and would rather spend our days poolside or binging on Orange Is The New Black, is a great time to make your shopping budget stretch a little further, as well as have a fun time to discover new shops and hit a few trunk shows to start thinking about what you'll be wearing this fall.
1. El Bambi
Iko Iko has returned to its online-only boutique status, and in its place on the newly bustling stretch of North Main is El Bambi, a one-of-a-kind vintage shop by Lindsay Beale and Emily Hynds opening July 1. El Bambi will be the only Houston vintage shop with its own in-house tailor and a curated collection of clothing and accessories for all ages and sizes. Check it out during the official opening party July 2 at 7 p.m., which will include drinks and bites from neighboring Foreign Correspondents. 4721 North Main St., 832-541-2861, elbambihtx.com.
I've never put much stock in The Secret or other Oprah-approved philosophies of wish fulfillment, but as it turns out, if you write it, they will come. They in this scenario is the UK's rocker-chic concept AllSaints, which opened its first Texas location last week in the Galleria...mere months after I named AllSaints one of 10 brands that needed to open a local store. Coincidence? For the record, universe, I'd also like a Pizzeria Bianco, a Ladurée macaron shop and for Oscar Isaac to move to the Heights and start hanging out at Antidote. 5085 Westheimer Rd. #B2826 in the Galleria's Saks wing, 713-481-0066, us.allsaints.com.
Shop summer looks and preview styles for Fall 2016 from Focus Eyewear and Houston designers Steve Guthrie, who makes vintage-inspired contemporary womenswear, and Damari & Co., who specializes in chic gloves. The event will include models, drinks, bites and 20 percent off all purchases. July 13, 6–9 p.m. at Focus Eyewear, 515 Westheimer Rd.
4. Kissue Rice Village
Less than a year after taking their online boutique brick and mortar with a location inside Memorial City Mall, Houston sisters Kailey Tissue McCollum and Kaygen Tissue have opened the second Kissue location in Rice Village. Look for on-trend styles that range from California boho chic to New York bosslady sleek, plus accessories like coveted Quay Australia sunglasses. 2532 Amherst Rd., 713-899-3102, kissuetx.com.
5. Mamas + Makers Market
Local momtrepreneurs Beth DeLozier of online shop Manor and Esther Freedman of kid's line Cuteheads have teamed up to create the first-ever Mamas + Makers Market. Taking place inside the (blissfully air-conditioned) Merrill House, the free event promises to be a gathering of talented local brands and their wares designed for moms, dads, kids, pets, quirkyalones, etc. There will be bites from food truck Rolling Hunger, drinks available from the Merrill House bar and an environment designed to be a great experience for the entire family. July 31, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at Merrill House, 2502 Algerian Way.
Perhaps it's sexy prime minister Justin Trudeau who has spurred an interest from millennials in all things Canadian. Or maybe after 40 years of outfitting north-of-the-border teens with casual yet stylish clothing and accessories and legendary denim, it was simply time for Garage to make its Houston debut. After launching locations in Friendswood and The Woodlands, Garage opens this month inside the Galleria. 5085 Westheimer Rd. in Galleria I, garageclothing.com.