The River Oaks District’s New Box of Dior

A rendering showing a standalone-look Dior boutique in the new River Oaks District has made an appearance in a brochure now available on the website of the project’s developer, San Diego’s OliverMcMillan. And while rumors that the not-so-far-from-the-actual-River Oaks development might feature a boutique from the French fashion house have been bandied about since Christian Dior shut down its Galleria store last year, neither the project’s developer nor the retailer have officially announced the company’s return to Houston. A slightly different version of the above rendering appears directly on the River Oaks District page of the developer’s website, but in place of the Dior logo is the word “Tread”:


Dior, along with Louis Vuitton, is one of a number of brands owned by luxury-goods retailer LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Last month, Paper City magazine reported that Diane Von Furstenburg had signed on to open a boutique in the retail portion of the 650,000-sq.-ft. mixed-use development planned for Westheimer just inside the West Loop. But a DVF rep later denied it, saying there was “nothing even close” to a deal. River Oaks District leasing agents have already signed up Italian designer Roberto Cavalli and an iPic Theaters cinema for the development.

Images: OliverMcMillan

12 Comment

  • Clean, stylish, unadorned, and elegantly moderne….I like it.

  • When do we get a standlone Bork?

  • Tilt wall for tycoons.

  • In the spirit of the Shops in Beverly Hills and the Americana at Manhasset, River Oaks District is an icon in the making. Clean and distinctly modern, it’s extraordinary…I like it.

  • aww damn – i was really looking forward to having a Tread location nearby.

  • Conspicuous consumption is just so cool..

  • Please change the name of this project.

  • “Honest Truth”, why do you have such a hard-on for this project?

  • From Mike Richardson:
    “Honest Truth”, why do you have such a hard-on for this project?
    November 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    1. Partly because it’s what I say it is, an icon in the making: that’s elementary…it is what it is; and I, like many others understand it. The concept of the River Oaks District development mirrors the Shops in Beverly Hills and the Americana at Manhasset, both icons from the fashion/luxury world…as are South Coast Plaza, the Houston Galleria, Bal Harbour Shops, Fifth and Madison Avenues in New York, to name a few from this elite group of icons…River Oaks District is purposed and designed to reign with these.

    2. And partly because so many hate it…and don’t want it to be. But that’s the beautiful fate of icons, and of geniuses I will add…they are both loved and hated; usually in equal measure.

  • I love that all these projects coming to fruition on Weistheimer.
    As more and more private investment comes to this area of Westheimer btwn Post Oak and Weslayan, will the city of Houston invest in the walkable infrastructure to make this one coherent district as it fills in?
    What would we call it?
    East Uptown? Lower River Oaks? Highland West?