Retail Rap

Houston Shopping News for March 2013

Megan Pruitt Winder
March 01, 2013

Saks Fifth Avenue announces Bobby Dees as the new general manager of its Houston Galleria location. Dees comes from Saks in San Antonio, where he served in the same capacity. Former GM Terry Zmyslo moves to the Saks in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, as GM … River Oaks District, the new mega entertainment, office, residential retail project slated to open late 2014, has announced the first of its tenants: iPic Entertainment, which will build an eight-screen, 560-seat luxury movie complex with a gourmet chef-driven grab-and-go in-theater dining concept called Tanzy Express, as well as SALT, an exclusive bar and lounge concept… Houston’s first Madewell, the hip little sister of sorts to J.Crew, Wednesday, June 5, on Level Two of Galleria IV. Look for edgy vintage-inspired clothing and accessories for women. Also at the Galleria, the stylish Spanish men’s footwear and accessories company Mezlan is set to open late March on Level One of Galleria II … Tootsies stocks ABS, Dalia MacPhee, Mignon and Sean Collection and has a new exclusive on the denim line 75 Faubourg. Also at Tootsies this month, denim collection JBrand debuts its spring line in a trunk show on March 2; JBrand fit specialist Oscar Adams will be on hand to get you in new jeans … John Daugherty realtor Betty Bellomy chairs the 31st Annual Bellaire Home Tour Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Six of the area’s most unique homes will be open to tour from 1 to 5 pm each day. The tour benefits Nature Discovery Center. Information … Local accessories designer Mary Nichols now designs bespoke exotic-skin bags, made in NYC, from a variety of colors of python or ostrich. Contact to schedule your custom bag-buying experience (ready three weeks after ordering) … Cunningham & Co. hosts a Lagi Nadeau trunk show and personal appearance March 22 and 23 … La Mode Lingerie now stocks swim lines from Mara Hoffman, Eres, Pucci, Inca Swimwear, La Perla, L*Space, Vitamin A, Beach Bunny, Herve Leger and Mikoh SwimwearNordstrom continues to grow its Savvy Department with of-the-moment brands such as MinkPink, ASTR, Mural and Viva Vena!, all priced $19 to $98 … Elizabeth Anthony/Esther Wolf stocks a new and exclusive eveningwear collection, Memeka by Gustavo Cadile. And stop by March 21 and 22 to meet and greet designer Fontini and view her fall collection inspired by Catherine the Great and the Summer Palaces of the Romanovs … New to Dimensions: signature Missoni print scarves and jewelry by Simeon Sebba Designs.