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Who says men can’t be fashionistas? At The Class Room (2534 Amherst St.), get Norse Projects, A.P.C., Our Legacy, Tanner Goods and Engineered Garments among other brands. Elaine Turner (2437 1/2 University Blvd.) has branched out quite a bit, but you can see where it all began in Rice Village. Turner is a designer at heart—her handbags and shoes make regular appearances in national magazines—and the stores’ signature pink sofas make shopping for her designs a relaxing and luxurious experience.
Hometown design hero Chloe Dao (6127 Kirby Dr.) opened her Houston boutique before her season two Project Runway win. Stylist Carolina Giralt says you’re always welcome to the red carpet treatment with a team of stylists who will tailor a garment to fit you. Come to La Taste (2417 Rice Blvd.) for bath and body products, as well as dishwasher-safe French pottery pretty enough for your wall.
Want to throw a party that makes you look like a Pinterest queen without all the work? Visit Emerson Sloan (2414 Rice Blvd.), a sophisticated alternative to Party City with killer hostess gifts. Purple Mango (2410 Rice Blvd.) will keep your kiddos smartly attired with a wide variety of European goods. Owner Melody Ma says they carry baby toys you can’t find anywhere else. At Chocolate du Monde (2428 Times Blvd.) grab a couple of chocolates—may we suggest the Neuhaus Manon Lait?—for a pick-me-up.
Homesick Brits and Royal Family obsessives know where to get their fix. Look no further than British Isles (2366 Rice Blvd. Ste B), which carries a wealth of goods, from tea (of course), to the Potters (both Harry and Beatrix). Family-owned Surroundings (1708 Sunset Blvd.) has been around for 40 years. See why with their imported hand crafted items, one-of-a-kind art and furniture from Houston’s own David Marsh, which goes like hotcakes.