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This River Oaks District Pop-Up Shop Is Where the NFL Guys Are

Football meets fashion at Alba, plus the inside scoop on where else the top players will be hanging out.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen January 30, 2017

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NFL fave designer Alba is popping up this week at River Oaks District, with plenty of special guests in store.

You know how so many NBA and NFL players have stepped up their game-day style in the past few years? Part of the credit has to go to Jhoanna Alba. The Phillippines-born designer and tailor has been making bespoke fashion-forward suits, shoes and other outfit options for elite professionals, many of them athletes—hey, it's not like most of them can shop off the rack, right?

Now Alba is part of a flurry of pop-up shops and parties making River Oaks District one of the best places to rub elbows with the pros during Super Week. Her one-week-only pop-up shop is occupying a space between Dolce & Gabbana and Tom Ford, where she'll be styling and suiting up her clients all week long, as well as welcoming special NFL guests with their own brands to promote.

First up is Texans' cornerback Kareem Jackson, who will be in-store on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 4, with his FlyGuy Clothing Co. line of high-end lounge and streetwear. On Wednesday Alba welcomes Jets running back Matt Forte alongside his wife Daniella, who designs adorable baby onesies and leggings under the name The Forte Collection Baby

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Bold jackets on the racks at Alba.

Raiders legend, future hall-of-famer and ESPN analyst Charles Woodson will be in the shop on Thursday, Feb 2., with his Charles Woodson Wines. Woodson has actually been making a boutique private label wine for over 15 years—he credits his time with the Raiders for exposing him to the winemaking culture of Napa—though he couldn't promote his own line while in the NFL. 

The Cardinals' Robert Nkimdiche will be in the shop on Friday from with his line. Former pro Terrell Owens will be showing off his just-launched Prototype 81 fashion-forward athleisure line at the same time on Friday and on Saturday as well. 

But as you'd expect from Houston's newest luxury destination, there will be more than one store drawing in the big NFL names. Also on the schedule this week at River Oaks District is beloved former Texan Chester Pitts at Etro on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The same night running back Adrian Peterson will be at Giuseppe Zanotti.

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