When Mickey Rosmarin opened an independent T-shirt shop in the early 1970s, he had no idea he would eventually come to set the bar for Houston’s entire shopping landscape, introducing the city to designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Andrew Gn, and Kenzo. Now a resident of the West Avenue River Oaks shopping center, Tootsies is a three-story boutique that draws in the best of American and European couture, ready-to-wear, jewelry, and accessories. Come here for Attico robes, Saint Laurent shoes, and an encyclopedic collection of ChloĂ© handbags. The customer service and attention to detail continue to make Tootsies a luxury-focused destination—and the private dining room for luncheons, spacious fitting rooms, and exclusive trunk shows don’t hurt either.

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