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9 Retailers We Wish Were in Houston

Artist rendering of the River Oaks District Project
Artist rendering of the River Oaks District Project
Photo Courtesy of Oliver McMillan

So, we have an H&M after a million years of waiting and a Tom Ford store is gracing us with its presence come next year-ish, but that does not quench the retail thirst of the hearty Houston shopper. We want more! Our retail landscape is nothing to scoff at, but it is missing a few stores other major metros have had for years. Now that downtown is getting a retail renovation and the bright shiny new Rivers Oaks District is being built at Westheimer and Westcreek, I thought it would be a perfect moment to give my unsolicited suggestions. No need to thank me, just doing my duty.

The Big Fish Bloomingdales How do we not have a Bloomingdales? I really can't explain this one, but the oversight must be acknowledged. Bloomies has been in business for the better part of a century and has yet to make it to the Bayou City. Stop the madness.

Fashion Imports Topshop I know this is a reach being that they are barely in the U.S. market, but if you shoot for the stars you might hit the retail jackpot. Think H&M but a little more luxe. Perfect for the cool Museum District crowd.

Uniqlo If you need wardrobe staples, this is the store for you. The Japanese company is known for candy colored cashmere sweaters and graphic printed T-shirts and sweatshirts - Montrose I'm lookin' at you.

MANGO Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain in the sprawling Hangar Design Centre, MANGO is fast fashion done right. It's everything you would want in a store - high design, low price. Many a U of H or Art Institute student would frequent this store for the newest styles.

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Well Curated Emerging Designers Steven Alan The website describes the Steven Alan customer as "casual, smart, self-assured." It's like this brand was made for West U. I see a shopping spree then pub crawling through Rice. Special note, the brand dedicated to carrying emerging talent, so heads up to the newbie fashion designers out there.

On Trend Intermix Though Intermix is known for on trend pieces from coveted designers, what Houstonians could look forward to are the exclusive designer items found in no other store. Imagine the chance to purchase a top never sold before or will again from lines like Rag + Bone and Equipment. River Oaks match made in heaven.

Scoop NYC Scoop is the best at taking the online experience and bringing it in store. Visit the website's "Ultimate Closet" page, choose clothing categorized by your needs or personal style, then make your way to the store for "closet building" with their stylists. To top it off, their designer sales sometimes run in the 80-90 percent off range. Maybe trendy EaDo residents would warm up to this brand. Hop, Skip & a Jump to Houston Jeffrey Based in NYC but with a mega popular store in Atlanta, Jeffery would be a perfect fit for the Galleria/Highland Village scene. Not only do they stock a mix of emerging and established designers, but every member of their sales team is a trained personal shopper who will assist you with closet makeovers!

V.O.D I think V.O.D. was created for the Downtown Houston woman but made a weird turn and ended up in Dallas. The dresses are simple but have impact, the cool jackets take you from Dallas Street workday to Washington Ave. night out in a flash and cool accessories bring it together.


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