Houston

310 Rosemont

Browsers can find loads of denim styles for women and men, from beloved labels like Seven for All Mankind to up-and-comers like 1921 (the talented sales staff is on hand to help you pick your best fit). The rest of the store is just as compelling, with feminine pieces by Alice & Trixie and Milly filling out the racks.


1965 W. Gray Ave., 713-522-8133

Abejas

Antique farm tables, oversize wicker baskets, and burlap dressing room curtains serve as decorative elements, while the driftwood-rail racks are abundant with understated garments by Elizabeth and James, Matta, and Gary Graham.


5600 Kirby Dr., Ste. 4, 713-522-3025, abejasboutique.com

The Glossy Apple Lingerie Boutique

Possibly the most glamorous lingerie store we've seen yet, The Glossy Apple is a soaring, lushly appointed space, where a collection of lacy underthings is displayed in glass-topped cases like precious pieces of jewelry. Proprietress Laura LaChance has assembled a stunning array of Lejaby embroidered panties and Made by Niki silk rompers, but she has an equally impressive selection of can't-live-without-them basics: Hanky Panky thongs, hosiery, and a whole slew of shapers.


5385 Westheimer Rd., 713-621-0808

Leap

So named because owner Susan Silverman took a leap of faith when she shifted into retail—previously, she was a corporate headhunter working on an anthropology grad degree—this store offers a satisfying catalog of on-the-cusp labels, like Eurythmic, Reset, Manoush, and Hazel Brown.


2314 Bissonnet St., 713-526-4580

Lot 8

Designer Chloe Dao's big, bright shop showcases her energetic, affordably priced line, which includes slinky silk dresses, mod patterned minis, and flirty, asymmetrical-neckline tops. Dao also hosts fashion shows and stocks a choice selection of well-made, trendy clothing and accessories by other up-and-coming Houston designers.


6127 Kirby Dr., 713-863-7311, lot8online.com

Peel Gallery

Its name is a nod to the store's constantly evolving approach; it reliably showcases new works by respected product-design names. In the past, it has featured Jason Miller, London's Thorsten van Elten, and Ryuji Nakamura.


4411 Montrose Blvd., 713-520-8122, peelgallery.org

Sloan/Hall

So exquisite are the taste levels of Marcus Sloan and Shannon Hall that each item in their shop feels like an amazing find. The pair are always on the road in search of painstakingly crafted ceramics, jewelry, and glassware—and routinely bring in the magnificent and bizarre for both their Houston and San Antonio depots.


2620 Westheimer Rd., 713-942-0202; 5922 Broadway St., 210-828-7738, sloanhall.com

Pixie & Ivy

(This shop is now closed.)

Owner Stephanie McKinley-Ford's eclectic shop is influenced by her global jaunts: The interior is a pastiche of antiques procured in Parisian markets, and the inventory is made up of labels with an artful urban aesthetic, like Rick Owens, Sonia Rykiel, and Obesity and Speed.


1848 Westheimer Rd., 713-630-6500, pixieandivy.com