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Retail Roundup: Austin Activewear, Luxury Luggage, and Handmade Italian Shoes Hit Houston

Plus, new-and-improved digs for a local jeweler, luxury furniture showroom, and more.

By Abby Ledoux December 17, 2019

The brick-and-mortar blitz continues with six more recent (or soon-to-come) store openings, including new-to-HOU retailers and local faves expanding and/or upgrading their digs. Here's where to shop for the rest of the decade.

Outdoor Voices

Okay, so it took beloved Austin-based activewear brand Outdoor Voices five years to come 160 miles, but we won't begrudge them that now that they're finally here. OV officially opened its first Houston store—and 11th total—in Heights Mercantile last week, and a line formed out the door on day one. We call that an auspicious start. Full of the minimalist workout wear OV is known for—think crop tops and high-waisted leggings in color-blocked, technical fabric—the shop is also an ode to Houston by way of design. The curved space "marries the extraterrestrial with the terrestrial" via aluminum panels (a nod to NASA) and stadium seating made of synthetic turf and living grasses (Astrodome, obv), and weekly events are planned for in-store and around town.

645 Heights Blvd. #2C; open Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.–7 p.m.


What began as a single "perfect suitcase" sold online only in 2016 has become a full-on luggage brand with something of a cult following, and this week, Away is debuting in Houston. The travel retailer opens its eighth store—and first in Houston—at Highland Village on Dec. 18, a 3,000-square-foot space featuring Away's core product line and limited-edition collections like the iconic Carry-On bags. The Highland Village store will feature an evolving wall of postcard illustrations and travel stories from around the world reflecting the myriad voices of the Away community; expect localized details, too, like white oak wood and  native plant accents and steel grating meant to reflect Houston's architecture. The first 100 customers to make a purchase on opening day will receive a personalized foil-stamped luggage tag.

4033 Westheimer; open Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., and Sun. noon–6 p.m. starting Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Pretty Little Things

This Kingwood boutique opened its second location on Saturday, Dec. 7 in Redemption Square, the Summerwood-area community home to 255 Assay luxury apartments. The ground-floor 1,650-square-foot space marks Redemption Square's first retail shop, and PLT joins other tenants like Bibo's Bistro, Wholesome Kitchen, Wholesome Pies, and BB&T. Similar to its flagship Kingwood location, the Redemption Square boutique will offer limited stock of women's apparel, accessories, and gifts from around the world hand-picked by owner Nikole Christian.

255 Assay St., Suite 107; open Tues.–Sat. 11 a.m.–7 p.m., and Sun. noon–5 p.m. Closed Monday.

Christina Greene Jewelry

Local jewelry designer Christina Greene debuted her new shoppable studio near Rice Village last month, just in time for holiday gifting. Greene started hand-making her own jewelry in 2010 and grew a loyal fan base through the Rodeo, where her turquoise creations especially were a major hit. Today, her collections have grown beyond Southwestern staples to include art deco-inspired statement pieces, new bridal jewelry (originally designed for her own wedding day), and even agate-studded clutches. Inspired by wanderlust, Greene's pieces are designed in her Houston studio; crafted by artisans in Jaipur, India; and sold in more than 40 boutiques worldwide. The new showroom also sells a selection of apparel, accessories, and home decor.

2449 South Blvd. Suite 100.; open Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. by appointment only.


Business has been good for this luxury furnishing showroom since it first opened on West Alabama in October 2016—so good, in fact, that it's taking over the property next door. After revenues quadrupled from $1 million to more than $4 million over the last three years, BeDESIGN is embarking on a major expansion: Owners Adrian Duenas and Marcelo Saenz recently purchased the the showroom's neighboring property at 2022 W. Alabama to add 15,000 square-feet of indoor space and a 5,000-square-foot rooftop terrace. The addition will feature vignettes of designer installations from Paola Lenti, B&B Italia, Flexform, Molteni & C / Dada Kitchens, and Fendi Casa—all selected BeDESIGN as their exclusive retail showroom in the southwest region. When complete next summer, the new-and-improved space will become the largest showroom in Houston for Italian decor.

2016 W Alabama; open Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sun. by appointment only.

Clorinda Antinori Italian Shoes

Coming soon to River Oaks Shopping Center: la dolce vita. Clorinda Antinori, purveyor of high-end, hand-made Italian leather shoes for women and men, will open its Houston store in March 2020. The 1,362-square-foot shop marks the brand's first retail store in Texas—Clorinda Antinori currently operates stores in Florence, Italy and Naples, Florida and wholesales through specialty stores in New York City and Chicago—and new collections will be designed specifically for the Houston market. Shoes are manufactured in small, family-run factories in Italy renowned for their centuries of leather craftsmanship.

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