Australian Moving In, American Moving Out of Lower Westheimer Clothing Strip

1665 Westheimer Rd., Montrose, Houston, 77006

The equipment for some sort of procedure was noted at the corner of Dunlavy St. and Westheimer Rd. this morning by a reader driving by. Determinedly artsy Australian hair-and-skincare shop Aēsop looks to be setting up in the retail shell left empty by the sudden 2015 evaporation of clothing boutique Duo, located across the street from Café Brasil and Hollywood Food & Cigar to the west and the north respectively.

And the space next door currently hosting American Apparel may be cleared out for a new tenant around the end of April, as well: Following a sale of the twice-bankrupt clothing company’s brand and intellectual property to a Canadian company, all of American Apparel’s US stores may end up closing by then, and part of the company’s production is probably getting outsourced.

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1665 Westheimer Rd., Montrose, Houston, 77006Verbiage already up on the lightly opaqued windows of the Aēsop spot names Quebec-based Alain Carle as the architect for the space — Carle appears to be behind the be-tree-ed design of another Aēsop location in Montréal. The company’s website includes a link to an archive of its global store designs, and claims that the company attempts to incorporate local themes and construction materials into its shops (like leftover copies of the New York Times in New York City).

Photos: Swamplot inbox

Cosmetic Changes in Montrose