12/10/2013

FASHION // ROUND UP: Shopping Guide to Austin Pt. 1

Sometimes we forget how many totally cool, incredibly well curated shops we have in the Austin area. It’s easy to get in the online shopping cycle during busy holiday times, yet it’s way more fun to actually go to a stimulating, creative space (be it store, gallery, etc) and have an experience as you shop. As part of our series, here are five of our first stops…

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Busy-Being + Solid Gold

These boutiques/ art gallery spaces share a spot on East 5th Street, making it an easy way to see two great new spaces in one. Lately Austin’s seen an uptick in tightly curated retail meets gallery space, and this is a fine example of something that’s more than just a place to buy a few cute things.




Busy-Being offers workshops in things like raw holiday desserts and indigo dyeing, along with vintage pop up shops and shows by talented folks like Alexandra Valenti, commercial photographer for Free People as well as a local artist. Solid Gold carries rad brands like Mary Meyer Clothing and Austin-based brand Raven + Lily.

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Sunroom

Sunroom has brought some coastal cool to south Austin. The space is small but warm, and it lives up to its name. Light streams through the windows, creating a glow that makes you feel like you’re somewhere closer to the beach than Austin, Texas. You’ll find wool blankets from central Mexico alongside simple frocks like this one.

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Farewell Books

Carrying on the theme of gallery meets retail, we move on to purveyor of things arts, design and book-related, Farewell Books. When Domy closed its Cesar Chavez location, two employees took it upon themselves to fill the hole that Domy would have left behind. Look here for zines local and national, along with used books and new art books by the likes of Ed Templeton and comic book series Acme Novelty Library.

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