River Oaks District Expands Luxury Shopping Options
October 2, 2015
River Oaks District Expands Luxury Shopping Options
Houston Chronicle

Houston's retail landscape is now a bit larger, and more luxurious, with the opening of River Oaks District, a 650,000-square-foot luxury shopping, residential and dining development at 4444 West-heimer, between Highland Village and the Galleria.



Think Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive.



That's the idea, said Dene Oliver, CEO of OliverMcMillian, the San Diego developer behind the project. "It's not a shopping center. It's not a mall. This is about creating memories and experiences and being able to shop and eat," he said.



More than 90 percent of the retail tenants are new to the city, including Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and Van Cleef & Arpels. Cartier has relocated from the Galleria area to the development, and Hermès and Dior have flagship stores there.



It also includes nearly 300 apartments; a three-story office building; iPic Theater, an upscale movie chain; and the city's first Equinox luxury fitness center.



"The word luxury is sometimes misunderstood, that it's only for the elite," Houston philanthropist Lynn Wyatt said at the opening event Thursday. "This place is so beautiful and welcoming. Houston needs something like this."



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Buzz-worthy boutiques opening for first time in Houston include:



Tom Ford: The native Texan's store will carry men's and women's wear, eyeglasses and beauty products.



Giuseppe Zanotti: His sky-high stilettos are faves of Beyoncé and other celebrities.



Harry Winston: The fine-jewelry brand dates back to 1932 and is known for its exquisite diamond pieces (often see on red carpets).



Stella McCartney: The animal-rights activist's shop will stock women's ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyeglasses, fragrance and children's collections.



Intermix: This retailer mixes styles from a selection of cool designers, including Elizabeth and James, Veronica Beard, Helmut Lang and others.



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