OKA expands to U.S. with first home goods store in Houston.
UK-based home goods store OKA will land in the U.S. this spring with its first store, setting up shop in 9,000 square feet of vacant retail space on West Alabama.
OKA is expected to open in April at 3461 W. Alabama, where the Wisteria store used to be. (That store opened in November 2019 but closed the following July.)
The retailer, headquartered in Chelsea, London, was founded in 1999 by three women: Sue Jones, Annabel Astor and Lucinda Waterhouse. It was acquired in 2019 by the Investindustrial independent investment group. Astor remains its chairwoman and Jones is creative director. The OKA name is a phonetic take on the color ochre, a nod to the Far East and Britian, too.
“It’s been our dream to bring OKA to the States since its very beginning in 1999,” Jones said. “Houston was the perfect fit for us — a big city in the heart of the
U.S. with residents who already live by the OKA ethos, that a beautiful home is designed to be enjoyed with friends and family.”
OKA, with 14 stores in the UK, is known for stylish home goods, ranging from pillows and rugs to furniture, table lamps, mirrors and tableware. The brand will celebrate its opening here with a new line of home fragrance products — called the Chronicle Collection — made by acclaimed chandler Cire Trudon and whimsical tableware created by American fashion designer Adam Lippes.
The home fragrances, candles and diffusers come in four scents and use no artificial ingredients for a clean, smoke-free burn. The candles are available for purchase online at oka.com/en-us, and the diffusers will be available when the Houston store opens.
OKA’s spring/summer 2021 collection includes plenty of on-trend blue and white textiles and décor, barware and colorful print pillows, in addition to bestsellers such as its Stafford dining chair and rattan accessories.