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Retail Roundup: Bridal Brands, Women's Workwear, and Luxury Leather Hit Houston

New stores in town = new ways to splurge.

By Abby Ledoux August 2, 2019

In search of a wedding gown, killer blazer, or leather tote? You're in luck—you can find all that and more in the fleet of new store openings concentrated around the Uptown area this summer.

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The Barcelona-based bridal brand opened its 2,530-square-foot boutique in the Galleria last month as part of its planned U.S. expansion. The Houston location is the brand's third store in the States, following a U.S. flagship in New York and a boutique in Miami.

Luxury gowns, bridal accessories, and the new "Party Edit" occasion-wear collection are displayed in the a living room-like space—redesigned for a more intimate and welcoming in-store experience, Pronovias says. Picture a homey, modern interior with chic seating and elegant accents like marble detailing, brass fixtures, and taupe area rugs draped across oak floors, plus six fitting rooms of varying sizes for brides and their chosen shopping mates.

Bridal is booming, and that's doubly true here, where the $80 billion market is 20 percent bigger than the entire European market, notes Pronovias CEO Amandine Ohayon. "The bridal business is unique in that 98.5 percent of brides still buy dresses via brick-and-mortar," Ohayon adds. "However, there is a disconnect between customer expectations and what the bridal market offers—we have a unique opportunity to shake things up and drive change, and that starts with the new retail concept that we're rolling out across the U.S."

5085 Westheimer Rd., Suite C3520.


The New York-based "wardrobe solution for professional women" officially arrived in the Bayou City last October with a pop-up showroom at the Decorative Center of Houston. After building a loyal following here, the brand known for its stylish and sensible workday staples is committing to the city with a permanent location—M.M.LaFleur's seventh U.S. showroom—in Uptown's Post Oak Central campus.

The recently opened 2,300-square-foot space enjoys prime real estate on Post Oak Boulevard, close enough to the Galleria to be considered part of the premier shopping district but far enough away to be immune to its parking woes. "The gallery-like space is a perfect backdrop for our collection, allowing us to expand our inventory beyond the pop-up and also providing us the capability to host in-store events," says Katie Tidwell, M.M.LaFleur's senior director of retail operations and experience.

The brand, founded in 2013 by Sarah LaFleur, Narie Foster, and Miyako Nakamura—the latter formerly head designer for Zac Posen—appeals to the modern-day working woman with simple, transitional pieces in sizes 0 to 22W and a travel-friendly line of machine-washable, wrinkle-resistant designs that think beyond the pantsuit.

Personal styling is also a major part of M.M.LaFleur, and showroom clients get a free hour of assistance with choosing looks from each season's collection. Hemline alterations are also complimentary.

1990 Post Oak Blvd., Suite D.

Moreau Paris

The Parisian luxury leather goods house debuted a yearlong pop-up in River Oaks District on July 17. The 1,152-square-foot space is the designer's first Texas flagship.

Moreau joins a slew of other high-end retailers in the District, which has established itself as a major player in luxury shopping, hosting labels like Dior, Hermes, Cartier, and Dolce & Gabbana. "We could not be more honored to serve as the local home base for these institutions who carry such rich history and a reputation in the fashion space," says Rosalind Schurgin, CEO of Festival Companies, which operates ROD. "The addition of a brand as iconic as Moreau represents the future direction of River Oaks District."

Indeed, Moreau is renowned in Paris, where it first began in 1882 as a leather and luxury luggage goods specialist. The French institution is perhaps best known for its iconic tote bag, the Brégançon, named for client Robert Bellanger—the last private tenant of the Côte d'Azur's Brégançon Castle.

4444 Westheimer Rd., Suite F145.

Coming Soon

Louis Vuitton

One of the most famous high-fashion houses of all time heads to The Woodlands via Market Street, set to open a 4,000-square-foot retail space on September 6—LV's sixth free-standing store in Texas.


The Italian luxury watchmaker will debut its first Houston boutique in an 885-square-foot suite on level one of the Galleria's Neiman Marcus wing Galleria this fall. The brand, much-loved by collectors and timepiece enthusiasts, was originally created for the Italian Navy in 1938.

Jo Malone London

The British bespoke fragrance brand is also setting up shop in the Galleria this fall, with plans to open on level two of the Nordstrom wing in November. Shoppers can blend their own signature perfume and cologne or custom home fragrances, plus indulge in hand and arm massages at the boutique's "Tasting Bar."

Hope & Henry

This socially and environmentally conscious apparel brand—inspired by The True Cost, a documentary about the fashion industry's impact on the planet—rounds out the Galleria's fall 2019 additions. A 2,259-square-foot space in Galleria IV will host high-quality men's, women's, and children's clothes made from organically grown cotton.

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