News | Galleria A-Go-Go

October 01, 2014

By the Editors, with reporting by Allyson Bowers | Houston Modern Luxury 

Excitement is growing about news that, in 2016, Saks Fifth Avenue will relocate to a new nearly 200,000-squarefoot flagship immediately west of its current Galleria site, opening up its existing space to a slew of new high-end boutiques. Yes, Texas’ largest mall is preparing for a radical redo – which also includes the addition of a luxury residential tower in the Saks wing. And that’s not all! Here’s what else is a go at the Galleria:

  1. An expanded renovated David Yurman shop should reopen next month.
  2. Houston’s original Apple store is expanding 50 percent absorbing the former French Connection next door.
  3. A relocated Bebe unveiled a new design scheme courtesy of Design Republic, an international firm that also counts Cartier and Fendi among its clients.
  4. Upscale watch boutique Tourbillon is now open, carrying Omega, Breguet and more.
  5. Coinciding with a redesign of its Galleria store, De Beers this month debuts its first-ever complete jewelry collection, offering entry-point to couture pieces – and watches!
  6. South African fusion restaurant Peli Peli, which has a bustling location in The Woodlands, will soon open its first Houston location in the former Gigi’s Asian Bistro.
  7. Premium denim purveyor G Star Raw bowed this spring, with a space where customers can design and personalize jeans.
  8. A renovated Bath and Body Works will reopen soon, just in time for fab fall fragrances. Plus, pumpkin-pecan-waffle candles, anyone?
  9. Ralph Lauren is doubling down on the Galleria, opening a Polo shop catty-cornered from his posh Ralph Lauren boutique later this fall.
  10. Euro-chic Zara is now 18,000 square feet and spread over two floors, with Zara Man and Zara Kids occupying the upper tier.
  11. Makeup Mecca Sephora is expanding by nearly 4,000 square feet.
  12. Next door, Trina Turk is now open, touting contemporary sportswear in color California-inspired prints.
  13. Rolex is opening its first Texas location, a 1,800-square-foot shop in the Galleria.
  14. A long-awaited expansion means Tory Burch will grow by more than 150 percent.
  15. Rajeunir Black Cavier will bow soon, utilizing the delicacy in cosmetics and hair care products.
  16. Bulgari was renovated to resemble its flagship in Rome, with marble flooring and crystal accents.
  17. John Varvatos has brought his band of rock ’n’ roll style to Texas for the first time with an industrial-chic shop touting whitewashed brick walls and a showstopping chandelier.
  18. Chanel has remained open during its months-long renovation, which is slated to conclude in December.
  19. A highly anticipated two-story H&M is coming later this fall. A fourth area location will open at Katy Mills by the end of the year.
  20. With its pretty patterned totes and accessories, Vera Bradley opened just in time for the back to-school rush.
  21. J. Jill recently reopened, touting a simply chic design concept and sophisticated takes on seasonal basics.