Where to Shop in Houston Right Now: 15 Must-See Places for August

The start of August means one last vacation to wrap up summer, back-to-school shopping, and a duty-free weekend (Friday August 5th to Sunday August 7th).

This month’s roundup features shops and pop-ups that will help students prepare for the new school year. Locals looking for the perfect White Linen Night outfit this week need look no further than one of their hometown favorites. Plus, the city’s shops are gearing up for fall.

Anthropologie recently announced its collaboration with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green program. Through Sunday, August 7, Anthropologie invites shoppers to recycle their denim at Highland Village and CityCentre stores for $20 off a new full-price jean purchase of $100 or more. All types of denim clothing can be dropped off, including jeans, jackets, shirts, skirts, etc., as long as they are 90% cotton or more. Anthropologie’s first-ever denim circularity program aims to transform old denim into something new. The brand is accepting denim deposits until August 31.

Design by Carla Valence
The father-daughter duo prepares students for the start of the school year with two pop-ups. Join them Tuesday August 2 and Wednesday August 3 at Frock Shop (9135 Katy Freeway, Suite 104) and Thursday August 4 and Friday August 5 at Paris Texas (1341 S. Voss Rd).

Chloe Dao
Chloe Dao always knows how to master the dress code. On the occasion of the White Linen Night in the Heights, a neighborhood-wide event that takes place on Saturday, August 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Project track champion has several tops, rompers and dresses for the occasion. The Side Cut Out Romper and V-Neck Open Back Maxi will be your best bet for outdoor festivities.

Table setting doesn’t have to be complicated with Dovie’s modern heirlooms and artisan product collections. An easy way to brighten up the table is to use a new tablecloth. We love the rich hues and blocky print of the Sakha Red tablecloth. Shop a mix of seasonal and must-have gifts plus jewelry and apparel online or in person at The Pop-Up Co-Op in MKT Heights.

she and reese
Founded in October 2018, she and reese were committed to bringing women the latest fashions at an affordable price, without compromising on quality. Husband and wife team Christina and JJ opened brick and mortar in May 2021 at Stomping Grounds, a venue for entertainment, shopping, dining and community events in Garden Oaks. Shop for women’s clothing and accessories, gifts and more.

Ismart nelixirs
Exfoliation is a must in every skincare routine, but the key is not to over-exfoliate. Citrus Facial Scrub from Smart Elixirs provides gentle yet effective exfoliation through physical (via eco-friendly hydrated silica) and chemical (via natural AHAs from apple extracts) exfoliation. The clean, clinically oriented, and cruelty-free product can be found at various Central Market locations in Houston.

Kendra Scott
From statement pieces to everyday favorites, Kendra Scott has the styles for all your back-to-school, recruiting or game looks.

Additionally, the jewelry brand has teamed up with Summersalt on an exclusive swimwear collection filled with bold colors and sophisticated silhouettes, perfect to pair with your summer jewelry from the brand’s Vacation Edit collection. The collection features Summersalt’s best-selling swimwear styles reimagined with delicate gold chain detailing and the limited-edition print inspired by the best-selling stone from Kendra Scott’s summer collection – the Bronze Veined Turquoise Magnesite Red Oyster. This exclusive collaboration includes bikini tops and bottoms, one piece and coverage. Prices range from $60 to $125.

Marc Jacobs
New York designer Marc Jacobs is making his Texas debut this year with a boutique opening in the Galleria in late summer. Located on Level 1 near the Galleria Financial Center, the 3,094 square foot boutique will feature a full line expansion, including handbags, accessories, fragrances, ready-to-wear selections and footwear for men and women.

Canadian jewelry brand Mejuri is heading to the town of Bayou. Open this summer in the vibrant Montrose Collective neighborhood, Houstonians can expect stylish pieces at affordable prices. Kathy Maldonado of Radom Capital, the developer behind Montrose Collective, exclusively tells CultureMap that the store will span approximately 1,500 square feet.

Q Clothier
The bespoke menswear brand invites existing and potential customers to give their lightly worn business attire a second chance to make a first impression by donating to the company’s annual summer clothing drive to benefit organizations such as Family Gateway, Salvation Army, etc. Donations are distributed to underprivileged men, providing them with the necessary clothing to help them continue on their way to the top.

As a thank you, Q Clothier will be offering a 15% discount on any purchase at its Shops at Arrive store (2800 Kirby Dr., Suite B124), as well as its sister store, Rye 51.

Women’s clothing and accessories brand Reformation has opened in the new Montrose Collective. The Houston store marks the brand’s 30th brick and mortar.

Reformation was established in 2009 by former model Yale Aflalo and has built its approach around being sustainable and eco-friendly. Reformation’s motto: “Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We’re #2. Today, Reformation is an established favorite among celebrity clientele and fashion trendsetters, celebrated for their feminine silhouettes and flattering styles, as well as for their ethical approach.

Source Vital Apothecary
The clean skincare brand has everything Houstonians need to beat the triple-digit heat. At the end of summer and last minute pool parties, get the Mineral Face Sunscreen, an all-natural, non-toxic SPF 20 sunscreen with aloe vera leaf extract soothing and hydrating vitamin E. After a hot day at the beach, soothe your skin with the Matcha Cool face mask. Curated with matcha and botanical extracts, the lightweight formula was created to quench dry, irritated skin.

Susana Vega Jewelry
The Venezuelan-born jewelry designer has just launched a capsule collection, entitled A Pearly Summer. Dubbed the “must-have” pieces of summer, the capsule collection includes the small, pearl-lined Ora earring in a variety of hues.

A proud moment for Vega comes in August with the latest Vogue Mexico issue, featuring Gloria Estefan and her daughter, Emily, on the cover. In the editorial, the Cuban superstar wears a red Carolina Herrera dress and Susana Vega jewelry.

Threadfare Children’s Shop
School starts this month and new outfits are sure to calm first day nerves. The mother-and-daughter-owned boutique offers a variety of brands for girls and boys, from newborns to tweens. Some of the popular brands they have in store and online are Jellycat, Rylee + Cru, Sophie & Lucas, Native Shoes, Tender Leaf Toys, and more. The family store offers unique outfits and gifts for all occasions.

Used yarn
Laith Awad started Thrifted Threads when she was 18 and launched the e-commerce site in November 2020. Today the “not your average thrift store” opened a new physical store at 2606 S. Shepherd Dr. Awad is not new to the industry; his family has been in the used clothing wholesale business since 1998. Additionally, he is a partner of Flamingos Vintage in Austin, a popular vintage boutique that sells by the pound.

At Thrifted Threads, Houstonians can expect free ice cream every day. Awad aims to provide shoppers with the ultimate second-hand shopping experience. He tells CultureMap that it was a real passion project. “Second-hand shopping helps you dress up in cool, unique styles,” he says.

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