Retail Rap

Houston Shopping News for December 2012

Megan Pruitt Winder
December 01, 2012

As seen in Lucky, InStyle and Vogue: Houston now has a DesignerSocial. Mark your calendars for the three-day pop-up at Sloan/Hall featuring pre-owned handbags and accessories from Chanel, Hermès, YSL, Balenciaga, Louboutin and more, December 12 through 14. A VIP cocktail/shopping party is  December 12. Bring in a bag for trade-in — you’ll receive shopping credit that evening … Zadok Jewelers is blinging up with designers Kiki Furst Antonini of A & Furst December 14 and 15, and Rina Limor with her fine gemstone jewelry (we love her bangles) December 19 and 20 … Arhaus Furniture, known for handcrafted home goods (think sofas, cabinetry, bedding, library furnishings — classics and one-offs), opens a 19,000-square-foot store in February at the corner of Westheimer and Post Oak Boulevard. It’s the company’s 43rd store in the U.S. …The Houston Design Center at 7026 Old Katy Road  holds its fifth annual Deck The Tables Holiday Tabletop Tour December 3 through 9 with cooler-than-cool Dallas-based event planner Todd Fiscus opening the event December 3 with a 5 pm presentation on holiday decorating and entertaining at Alkusari Stone showroom, Suite 229; seating is limited, and reservations required. Information thehoustondesigncenter.comLinda Cunningham now exclusively carries PHLOX New York handbags fashioned from exotic skins … Elizabeth Anthony/Esther Wolf in Uptown Park welcomes L.A. designer  Lourdes Chavez December 12 and 13 … Uptown Park’s newest addition is Apricot Lane, a men’s and woman’s boutique with celebrity-inspired apparel, accessories, handbags and gifts, located near Café Express … Elsewhere in Uptown Park, M Penner has opened Houston’s first (and Texas’ largest) shop-in-shop for Swedish luxury shirt maker Eton, marked with a big event early this month; details 713.527.8200 …Speaking of Uptown Park, trot on over on Tuesdays, December 4, 11 and 18, 5 to 8 pm, to shop extended hours, with live music, food trucks, receipt rewards promotions, free valet parking, complimentary gift-wrapping and more … Saks Fifth Avenue now carries Tom Ford’s private-blend unisex fragrances, nail lacquers and lipsticks … Tanger Outlets has opened off I-45 in Texas City. Shop 80 brand name and designer outlets including J. Crew, Brooks Brothers and Michaels KorsTootsies kick-starts the holiday shopping season with personal appearances: jewelry designer Gelines Chapa, December 4 and 5; San Antonio-based jewelry designer Claudia Loboa, December 13 and 14; Texas-based jewelry designer Jill Reno, December 19 and 20; and local jewelry designer Katie Decker, December 21 and 22 … Heritage Auctions holds its Holiday Luxury Auction live in Dallas and online December 4, with  900 items, including a Gucci diamond-and-gold pineapple minaudière, a shearling Hermès Kelly handbag, exotic-skin Birkin bags in a rainbow of colors and a Louis Vuitton jewelry box by Takashi Murakami, with all lots starting at one dollar. Check out the action at … Kudos to Houston restaurateurs (by way of Sardinia) Lori and Efisio Farris: Their wonderful Arcodoro Ristorante and, more specifically, their cookbook Sweet Myrtle & Bitter Honey have been included in Cooking Light magazine’s 100 list … The lunchtime eatery Café La Villette has quietly opened in Decorative Center Houston, run by Mariquita Combes’ beloved catering company of the same name.