Sure, there are a lot of designer clothing shops in Houston, a city obsessed with the finer points of retail. But until Evelyn Gorman opened Mix, no one here had merged fashion with culture and entertainment. Gorman has launched what she calls a "swing space." The concept: whatever catches her eye, from book signings and art exhibits to wine tastings and musical performances (not to mention clothes by Helmut Lang, Chloé, and Balenciaga). Customers also love the dressing rooms—large enough for a Le Corbusier chaise. MIX, 2818 Kirby Dr., Houston; 713/522-0606. —Carol Isaak Barden
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