British design retailer OKA picks Houston's Upper Kirby for US expansion

OKA will open at a 9,000-square-foot store at 3461 W. Alabama St., Houston, in April, showcasing London-inspired interior design. (Courtesy OKA)
OKA will open at a 9,000-square-foot store at 3461 W. Alabama St., Houston, in April, showcasing London-inspired interior design. (Courtesy OKA)

OKA will open at a 9,000-square-foot store at 3461 W. Alabama St., Houston, in April, showcasing London-inspired interior design. (Courtesy OKA)

British design and interiors retailer OKA will open its first U.S. store in Houston’s Upper Kirby area in April, with more locations planned in cities in the South and East Coast, according to the company.

“It’s been our dream to bring OKA to the States since its very beginning in 1999,” OKA co-founder and creative director Sue Jones said in a release. “And Houston was the perfect fit for us—a big city in the heart of the US with residents who already live by the OKA ethos, that a beautiful home is designed to be enjoyed with friends and family.”

The 9,000-square-foot store, 3461 W. Alabama St., Houston, will be redesigned to offer multiple showcase rooms highlighting how the store’s global collaborations can offer fresh design inspiration, including a fully decorated London-inspired apartment, a resort-like villa and an English country greenhouse. It will take the former location of Wisteria, a home goods design store that closed last year amid the pandemic.

Product offerings will include The Chronicle Collection, a line of home fragrance candles by Cire Trudon, and the OKA icons, which include popular items such as the Stafford Dining Chair, handcrafted rattan accessories, and the blue and white Kraak China Collection. American fashion designer Adam Lippes will also contribute a line of "elegant, whimsical" tableware, according to a news release.

Headquartered in Chelsea, London, the company was founded in 1999 and operates 14 stores in the United Kingdom. It launched online sales in the U.S. in 2019.
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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