Henri Bendel Opens
at Houston Galleria
Henri Bendel President Chris Fiore with Andrea Bonner
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photos by Jay Marroquin
If you’ve ever visited New York City, you’re sure to have stopped in to famed Fifth Avenue retailer, Henri Bendel. Well, your commute just got a little shorter! Stylish girls of Houston will only have to go as far as the Galleria, as Henri Bendel has now opened its doors in the Bayou City. Since 1895, Henri Bendel has been the quintessential girl’s playground. Long before “branding” was a buzzword, Henri Bendel became the first retailer to brand himself, registering his trademark in 1895 and creating the now iconic brown and white stripe shopping bag and hatbox in 1907. The Houston store reflects the company’s rich history and innovative spirit by offering a plethora of leather goods, jewelry and gifts. Bendel President, Chris Fiore, was on hand for the opening day festivities and expressed his delight at the brand’s recent expansion. “Henri Bendel is a NY icon and over the last few years we’ve developed our own label and our own products that resonate well with women all across America and all across the world,” stated Mr. Fiore. The company began by offering an assortment of designer products and in recent years brought on a team of in-house designers who took the power and excitement of the brand to new heights. Henri Bendel has always had a keen eye for the new and the next and its influence on the shape of American fashion continues. Mr. Fiore added that the company has a newly designed website, a line of sunglasses that will launch in September and a new assortment of specialty foods on the horizon. From the custom-made chandelier that welcomes guests upon entering the boutique, to the vast array of hip gift offerings, the Houston Henri Bendel store is sure to be a chic shopping destination for Houston’s stylish Southern girls.
by Andrea Bonner stylist and HHH contributor
If you’re looking to find a one-of-a-kind piece of clothing or jewelry, then you should stop by The Boutique., owned by Lauren Carmon, who designs many of the items sold and displayed in the store. Two other members of The Boutique team include Lauren’s sister, Sakhara and another designer named Adonai. Adonai designs the men’s clothing, which he hopes will show men how to play with color and add some style to their wardrobes. One of the best parts about shopping at The Boutique is that since every piece is custom designed, you will not be caught wearing the same outfit as someone else. Lauren takes vintage items and revamps them into more modern fashion creations ranging from ball gowns to jean shorts and bodysuits. In addition to clothing, The Boutique also offers a number of jewelry items ranging from charm bracelets and necklaces to large dangling charm earrings. Another unique aspect of The Boutique is that they have a children’s line that is actually created by a ten-year-old designer. The children’s clothing includes colorful and fun tutus. The Boutique will not only help you find or create an outfit that works for your body type, but it will also be chic and affordable.
by Ali Valach, HHH intern
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Houston, TX 77016
Hot rainy H-town weather got you down? Treat yourself to a sweet from Dolce Delights. Just around the corner from French hotspot, Artisans, Hong Kong native and Baylor University graduate, Candace Chang, has debuted Dolce Delights in Midtown. Chang’s artfully prepared desserts treat the palette to the bold flavors of unique ingredients rather than relying on loads of sugar, resulting in a healthier and unexpected fix for the sweet tooth. Each Her fashion merchandising background is evident in the soothing, contemporary space, where gemlike delicacies pop against the otherwise muted setting. In addition to signature offerings like the Pina Colada Dome, Tofu Cheesecake and macaroons, guests can enjoy a daily section of sandwiches plus premium teas and coffees. Dolce Delights also offer off-site catering.
3201 Louisiana, #100
Celebrity Paws Gala Kick Off
“It’s an Urban Jungle Out There”
Photos by Michelle Watson
What to do on a hot summer night? Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides shelter, adoption, foster care, rescue and other valuable services for our furry friends, provided the perfect answer. Hosting the kick off for their upcoming 26th Annual Celebrity Paws Gala “It’s an Urban Jungle Out There” at the popular Hotel ZaZa, with cool sips and fun. Chairmen of the coming Gala event are Elizabeth and Laura Stein, Bruce Padilla and Shelby Kibodeaux, who were all thrilled with the over 130 animal lovers that attended. The popular cocktail Bombay Sapphire East from sponsor Bombay Sapphire and delicious hors d’oeuvres were provided by ZaZa’s Monarch Restaurant. In addition to the tasty lite bites and spirits, guests were treated to goodie bags provided by Animal Tales which included a variety of different pet products. Guests were also introduced to CAP’s “Top Ten Elite” for 2012 who will be honored at the fall Gala. The list includes: Elizabeth Allen, Nicholas Altman, Jana Fant, Jeff Gremillion, Adrienne Harvey, Meredith Johnson, Kim Padgett, Erin Spencer, Kim and Dan Tutcher, and Junior Honorees, Karson Ludwick and Morgan Meynier. The 26th Annual Celebrity Paws Gala “It’s an Urban Jungle Out There” will be held November 17, 2012 at the Hilton Americas. For ticket information contact 281.705.0686 or KappyCAP@comcast.net
Check our calendar to plan your
social and shopping schedule!
July 16 - July 29
Join the midsummer Tootsies Takes Off sale with up to 70% off luxury women’s fashions. Throughout the second half of July save big on designers such as Alice and Olivia,
Diane Von Furstenburg, Ella Moss, Haute Hippie, Kate Spade, Kelly Wearstler, Laundry, Meghan, Milly, Nicole Miller, Rachel Zoe, Robert Rodriguez, Theory, Trina Turk and many more.
The Azuma Group will host an Asian night market at Soma Sushi called AZUMApalooza.
For $25 guests will delight in the opportunity to experience Asian "street eats" and specialty cocktails from each of The Azuma Group restaurants - Kata Robata, Soma Sushi, Azuma Downtown, Azuma on Kirby and Azuma On the Lake. The event will also feature the world's hottest sushi roll eating competition. Other entertainment includes sounds from the band Moodafaruka on the patio along with belly dancer, Sahira, and street magic by Michael Carducci. AZUMApalooza's "Asian Night Market" will include jewelry, art, photography and crafts from various vendors in The Heights area. For more info contact Katy Mayell, 713-978-5050, firstname.lastname@example.org
12 - 3 p.m. Houston Texans Grille at CityCentre will host the First Annual Tailgate Throwdown benefitting Houston Food Bank. Come watch chefs from some of Houston's most acclaimed restaurants battle it out for tailgate bragging rights. For more info contact Katy Mayell, 713-978-5050, email@example.com
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