Retail Rap

Houston Shopping News for January 2013

Megan Pruitt Winder
January 01, 2013

Highland Village Shopping Center has announced that J.Crew Men and J.Crew Women will open two separate boutiques in the former Tootsies space. The shops will compromise about one-third of the building, with the other two-thirds of the space going to a new Anthropologie flagship, all set to debut mid-March. The current Anthropologie just across the street will close when the flagship opens, and we are waiting to hear which hot new brand will move into that space … Now there’s even more to be found at home-furnishings haven Found, as owner Ruth Davis and designer Aaron Rambo welcome North Carolina–based Verellen furnishings fashioned from fine Belgian linen, buttery leathers and forest-friendly solid-wood frames. Also new are handmade ceramic lamps by New Yorker Christopher Spitzmiller, an Elle Décor Lighting Designer of the Year, who creates customizable lamps from a vast color palette;  and covetable hand-blown vases from Siemon & Salazar (aka husband-and-wife duo Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar), crafted of lead-free crystal … Elizabeth Anthony/Esther Wolf  hosts evening gown designer Gionni Straccia January 18 and 19. And joining the stylish racks at EA/EW for spring are Versace, St. John, Cavalli Class and MarcCainSam and Lilli boutique rings in the New Year with new labels:  Koral Los Angeles (woman’s and men’s denim by David Koral); jewelry designer Renee Shepard, who works magic with luxe necklaces and bracelets made from leather and pavé diamonds; L.A. designer Erin Fetherston; and NYC designer Nila Lotan … Stop by Tootsies January 23 and 24 to meet New York–based milliner Kokin, who has topped off such celebrities as Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lopez ... M Penner adds some crème de la crème shirts and ties to its stock with the addition of French label CharvetJoan Pillow Bridal Salon celebrates the New Year with a Monique Lhuillier trunk show January 3, 4 and 5 … Savannah House and rug-and-carpet showroom Emmet Perry & Co. have joined forces under one roof at The Interior Shops on Washington. The rugs mix with Savannah House’s expanded gift department and new garden patio area of architectural antiques.