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June 2017 - Houston

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OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. 16 A respected art advisor in Texas has added "jeweler" to her credentials. SMU and NYU grad Eleanor Williams served as a director at arts incubator Mixed Greens in New York and directed Houston trio Lawndale Art Center, Barbara Davis Gallery, and Finesilver Gallery before striking out on her own in 2 0 0 8 t o s l e u t h important painting, sculpture, video, and photography — from Basel to London, Paris to Venice — for a collector base of museum-trustee types. Now the savvy consultant brings her visual acumen and art-history knowledge to fine jewelry and accessories with the Gienia collection. She's partnered with another SMU grad, California- and Paris-based Jenny Augustyn, whose background complements Williams' trajectory: Augustyn has an MA in visual culture/costume studies from NYU; she served as studio manager for art titans Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen and co-produced Pretty Things, an HBO film about burlesque queens, with Hollywood royal Liz Goldwyn. Williams and Augustyn met in Rome during a college course in art history, and launched Gienia in 2015, after studying jewelry making at a luxury fashion house's atelier in Paris (name withheld). Their pieces meld a clean contemporary vibe — like the understated aesthetic of an Agnes Martin canvas — with the craftsmanship and detail of ancient Greco- Roman jewelry and the Victorian Era's opulent golden granulation. The workmanship is done in L.A. (with plans to add a Texas atelier), while the gems are sourced on trips around the globe, with a special fondness for Brazilian tourmalines, a reference to Williams' childhood there. Art of the Jewel T he Galleria has a number of new retail offerings: Opening this month are Italian powerhouse, Loro Piana in Galleria 1; shoe stops Sam Edelman and Guanajuato- based Cuadra; and men's and women's boutique Ted Baker London … Suitsupply has debuted its second Houston-area store at Market Street in The Woodlands. The dapper Amsterdam-based gentleman's salon is known for color, detail, and fine workmanship … Tootsies has launched a Tootsies Takes Off pop- up shop, across the walkway from its West Ave flagship store, next to Milk + Honey. The pop-up offers labels at 50 to 80 percent off — from Diane von Furstenberg and Trina Turk to Alice + Olivia. Pop in Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, noon to 5 pm … The second installment of the Launch pop-up shop is open at 701 Avenida de las Americas near the George R. Brown Convention Center. The rotating pop-up showcases 10 to 12 local artisans, with products such as Anvil's Houston-inspired greeting cards, and vintage kimonos by Kimono Zulu. Launch will remain open through the end of the year. Jailyn Marcel B e t t e r L u c k T o m o r r o w has opened in the former Dry C r e e k C a f é space in the Heights at 544 Yale Street. The neighborhood bar is the brainchild of James Beard Award-winning chef Justin Yu (formerly Oxheart) and cocktail veteran Bobby Heugel (Anvil Bar and Refuge, The Nightingale Room). Within the Dan Flavin-inspired surrounds, hyper-seasonal cocktails accompany inventive bar bites ranging from charred spring squash to hot star-style crispy fried chicken … After six years of Pearland domination, King's Biergarten comes to Houston with a new concept: King's Bierhaus, now open at 2044 East T.C. Jester. It's the first foray into Houston city limits for father-and-son proprietors Hans and Phillip Sitter. Expect King's signature German fare and gourmet sausages … After months of anticipation, chef Ryan Hildebrand's (formerly Triniti) FM Kitchen + Bar Restaurant BUZZ Retail RAP has opened at 1112 Shepherd Drive. The Texas-themed eatery serves burgers, sandwiches, and Texas-style plates … Beloved Houston cafe Tiny Boxwoods expands its Texas footprint with its first Austin location, now open at 1503 West 35th Street … Dish Society brings its signature farm-to-table cuisine to the Heights with a fourth location at 1050 Yale Street, slated for a fall 2018 debut. It's the company's first inner-loop location … Mediterranean-American eatery Island Grill has opened in Rice Village at 2365 Rice Boulevard, in the former Little Liberty Space — location number four for proprietors Faysal and Maria Haddad … Two New Orleans staples are headed to Houston: French Quarter steakhouse Doris Metropolitan brings its Israeli-inspired staples to the old Triniti space at 2815 South Shepherd Drive later this year, and popular New Orleans hot dog chain Dat Dog begins its Texas expansion this year, with plans to open 25 locations throughout Houston … The poke craze gets another jolt with the opening of Seaside Poke at 2118 Lamar Street. Expect eight signature raw fish bowls. Jailyn Marcel Gienia's Eleanor Williams and Jenny Augustyn Double-headed Eternity Snake ring Ongoing collections include dainty serpent earrings inspired by 19th-century Etruscan Revival style; modern cocktail rings with cabochon rubies, sapphires, and lavender jadeite; and austere pieces set with limpid aquamarines and watermelon tourmalines. $180 to $11,500, at Catherine D. Anspon Circle & Square turquoise ring

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