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Prada, Miu Miu and More to Open Soon in Houston

If fine Italian leather, bold colors, and sleek lines get you hot, this summer in Houston is going to be a scorcher. It was announced that the Galleria plans to up the high fashion ante in the second and third quarters of 2011 with the addition of Prada, Miu Miu, Omega, and Free People.

"We are very thrilled to be the premier location for these exclusive brands," said Nicole Delmer, director of marketing for The Galleria. "We remain committed to providing our shoppers with a quality shopping experience that includes first-rate retail stores and restaurants."

Prada / Miu Miu Prada is one of the most influential fashion houses in the industry today. Founded in 1913 by Marco Prada, the label has come represent the highest level of Italian luxury, elegance and style. Marco's granddaughter Miuccia Prada has run the company since 1970, launching Miu Miu (after her nickname) in 1992. The Prada and Miu Miu stores, slated to open at the beginning of summer next to Max Mara, will be the first in Texas (Ha! Take that Dallas!).

Omega Founded in 1848, the Swiss watchmaker has risen to become the industry standard in innovation and precision. In addition to making high-end timepieces, Omega's technology has been used by NASA on all six lunar landings, and to keep time at twenty-four Olympic games. The new 2,638 square foot store opening next to Jimmy Choo in June/July will be the first boutique location in Houston.

Free People Dick Hayne opened the first Free People location in 1970 in Philadelphia. When he opened his second location soon after, he changed the name to Urban Outfitters. In 1984 the company began selling their unique, funky style of clothing to boutiques and department stores around the country under the Free People label. The first Free People boutique opened in 2002, today there are over 40 retail locations. The 2,600 square foot Houston store is set to open May 1, 2011, next to Steve Madden.

In addition, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo both plan to expand their Galleria locations in May and June of this year.

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