Retail Rap

Houston Shopping News for March 2012

Kate Allen Stukenberg
March 01, 2012

Houston’s Janet Gurwitch has bought into Drybar, the two-year-old national blow-dry-only salon chain. Gurwich is an operating partner in Castanea Partners, the Boston-based private-equity firm that now holds a minority stake in Drybar. Gurwitch also is on Drybar’s board of directors and has personally invested in the concept. With 13 salons in the U.S. (Dallas already has one), Gurwitch will bring her beauty expertise from her past years as CEO of Laura Mercier Cosmetics and an executive VP of Neiman Marcus to grow Drybar internationally … The fashion boutique Myth + Symbol opens in Rice Village this summer. Created by Trang Nguyen, Chau Nguyen and Roque Strew, and Ameet Giatonde, the shop will stock difficult-to-find and independent designers that manufacture in the USA or source responsibly. Look for women’s fashion by Dace, Feral Childe, Fischer and Eighteenth; jewelry by Odette NYC and Hidden Vices; and accessories by BAGGU, as well as ceramics, fragrances and books … Meet jewelry designer Margaret Ellis at Joseph in Highland Village March 16 and 17 … H&M is finally coming to Houston. However, they’ve opted not to open one central location. Instead, the trendy Sweden-based megastore opens its first doors in the spring at Baybrook Mall in Friendswood then later this year at Willowbrook Mall in northwest Houston … Local fashion designer Chloe Dao, aka Project Runway’s season-two winner, has done some remodeling. Not only has she changed the name of her Rice Village boutique from Lot 8 to Dao Chloe Dao, but she’s rebranded her logo and given the space a chic redo … Elizabeth Anthony/Esther Wolf in Uptown Park hosts fashion designer Fotini March 8 and 9 … Mecox Gardens now carries local fine artist Saba Jawda’s abstract and acrylic oil paintings on canvas … Saks Fifth Avenue hosts Chanel national makeup artist John Fussell March 15 (appointments 713.627.0500, ext. 5684) … Fashion designer Gilles Mendel of J. Mendel makes a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus March 28 in the Couture Salon … Tootsies treats: Meet shoe designer Bettye Muller March 1 and 2; New York designer Lyn Devon March 8 and 9; and Andrew Gn, in from Paris to showcase his Fall 2012 collection March 27 and 28 … Mom alert: American Girl comes to town this summer. The beloved manufacturer is setting up shop (and restaurant) in a 16,000-square-foot space at Memorial City Mall with its complete line of dolls and their clothing and accessories, plus girl-sized fashions and the best-selling American Girl books … Find Ivanka Trump’s new fine-jewelry collection, The Bow Collection, at Deutsch & Deutsch. We especially love the diamond-studded forget-me-not rings.