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20 Must-Hit Shops in the Galleria and Uptown

Hundreds of luxury stores, boutiques and other shopping destinations call this corridor home.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen February 23, 2017

A. Taghi

Before his death, Ahmed Taghi liked sitting near the entrance to the grand 16,000-square-foot store that bears his name, taking pride in the business that he helped his children build. The luxury menswear store specializes in custom Italian suits from Brioni, Bruno Magli, and Pal Zileri.

Cacao & Cardamom

Annie Rupani's colorful confections are not only surprisingly sophisticated, they pack major flavor as well, infused with ingredients like Szechuan peppercorn, dulce de leche, chamomile vanilla and lavender. 

Carrie Ann

This Uptown Park boutique stands out for its passion for engaging local shoppers and style-setters—fashion bloggers can often be spotted at store events—as well as owner Carrie Ann Sanders's  pitch-perfect mix of casual and date night pieces for women of all shapes and ages—plus dog accessories, because, you know, why not?

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The Chanel boutique inside The Galleria

Image: Sam Frost


The luxury stores at the Galleria have been renovating like crazy, bent on offering clients a pampering in-store experience, but it's hard to beat the Chanel makeover, with a design inspired by Coco's own Paris apartment.

Deville Fine Jewelry

In 2008, after more than 20 years with Cartier and Bulgari, Elizabeth Glanville launched this high-end custom jewelry studio, specializing in engagement rings and other jewelry-on-demand. We love her dazzling bangles, whose precious stones form sparkling flowers, intricate vines, and other unexpectedly modern designs.

Elaine Turner

We can't get enough of this hometown designer who has built an accessories empire out of sophisticated but fun shoes and handbags—and now Elaine has added resort-inspired clothing into the mix. There are several locations in Houston (and beyond) but the BLVD Place location is, for our money, the nicest.

Elizabeth Anthony

Not unlike some of the ladies one sees in Uptown Park, this shop recently had a little work done. Owner Julie Phillips Roberts has filled her expanded boutique with ready-to-wear lines from Roland Mouret, Alberta Ferretti, Pamella Roland, and Naeem Khan, even as she added a fine-jewelry section. Upstairs, there’s even more room for the glittering gowns that have made this store one of the best in town for upscale eveningwear.

Festari for Men

No getting around it, Festari is synonymous with Una Notte in Italia, the annual charity fundraiser where Houston’s A-list men—philanthropists, businessmen, politicians, J.J. Watt—do their little turns on the catwalk while dressed in suits made with fabrics by Zegna, Loro Piana, and … sorry, now we’re thinking about J.J. Watt in a three-piece suit. Carry on.

High Gloss

This unexpected shop is Uptown Park is all about the artistic element of jewelry and accessories, full of incredible and sometimes offbeat wares by Houston-based DePetra, Diana Garreau and Iosseliani, plus other vintage finds.

Lesley Ann Jewels

Since changing hands after a decade in business, this shop has given a platform to over 30 high-end, independent jewelry lines. It’s a friendly shop where you’ll find beautifully expressive lines—some based in Houston—like Sylva & Cie, Selim Mouzzanar, Armenta, and ILA.

The Little Bird Houston

You know a consignment shop is insanely good when a local stylist asks you to keep your voice down when discussing it. The designer wares here—think Gucci, Chanel, Miu Miu, Christian Louboutin, etc., are exceptionally curated, and the shoes and handbags are especially covetable—just be prepared to spend. Buffalo Exchange this ain't.

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Longoria Collection

Longoria Collection

Sylvia Dorsey’s deceptively large showroom offers one of the the most luxurious shopping experiences in the city. Even the most avowed minimalist will be tempted by the store’s endless goodies: luxe barware, coffee table books, candles, and other ephemera, plus extensive bedding and bath collections and new sections devoted to furniture, lighting, and accessories by major design names like Kelly Wearstler and Aerin Lauder.


This pint-sized store feels like a girly haven, with floral walls and an inviting emerald sofa and beckons to BLVD Place diners with racks of well-priced women's clothing and accessories. Luxington has found a niche carrying hard-to-find Australian brands like Elliatt, Ministry of Style, MLM and We Are Kindred—many of them Houston exclusives.

M. Penner

Forty years ago, founder Morris Penner set out to introduce Houston men to a more exciting, Italian style of dress—slowly, carefully, one lapel at a time. Second-generation owners Murray and Karen Penner have expanded on that idea, adding an impressive men’s shoe section, along with women’s clothes and accessories.

Pinto Ranch

Come rodeo season, this is your one-stop shop with a great selection of boots, cowboy hats, western wear, belt buckles, turquoise jewelry—you name it.

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The new Saks Fifth Avenue inside The Galleria

Saks Fifth Avenue

We know, it's Texas heresy not to pay homage to Neiman Marcus, but the luxury department store game has been raised since Saks Fifth Avenue debuted its new space. The biggest change is not the fixtures (though nice), it’s the layout, which radically rethinks what a department store should look like. Instead of big, open spaces, Saks created individual boutiques inside the store for its most prestigious brand partners, making it almost like a mall inside a mall, but with cohesive service and only-in-department-store perks.


This is the makeup mothership—though there are several Sephora locations around Houston, the enormous Galleria store has by far the biggest brand selection, is a handful of top-ranked Sephoras to stock limited-edition exclusives (like the Pat McGrath lip kits) and is also where the beauty gurus stop in for special appearances. In short, it's worth going to the Galleria. 


There will probably come a time when Tesla is just another automobile brand, but at the moment it's still the coolest thing on the road, or in the mall. Even if you're not in the market for a new electric car, you might pop in —considering how long the wait list for the next model is, it's never too soon.

Top Drawer Lingerie

This shop—confirming that there’s more to the world of underwear than Victoria’s Secret angels draped sexily around empty castles—has served as a gateway to better bras, panties, and shapewear for a generation of Houston women. Pieces from Simone Perele, Prima Donna, Chantelle, Yummie, Le Mystere, and more come stocked in a huge range of sizes.

The Webster

This Galleria store was constructed as its own freestanding “jewel box” space, complete with its own valet, a luxe quartzite entry and walls painted the signature cappuccino-like shade of “Webster brown.” Its curated mix of women’s and men’s clothes and accessories includes high-end designer lines handpicked by owner Laure Heriard Dubreuil including Alexander Wang, Chloé, Givenchy, Pierre Hardy, Rosie Assoulin, Sonia Rykiel, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

Zadok Jewelers

With the Zadok family now into its seventh generation of jewelers, there’s no Houston store where tradition plays a bigger role. Its 12,000 square feet boast over 30 of the top brands in the world, including fine jewelry by Chopard, H. Stern, Ippolita, Tacori, and Roberto Coin, and watches from Breitling, Hublot, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

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