Essentials of Autumn

Four Austinites from the creative set on how to get ready for the next season in style.

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Photographer. For a Southern girl from Louisiana, the fall brings back memories of gumbo on game day and the cozy ensembles she would wear to the festivities. “I love fall fashion for all of the possibilities with layering. I typically wear oversized garb, so moving into cooler weather legitimizes this a little. Everything over a white tee,” she says. LeSueur usually shops at estate sales and farmers’ markets or locally at Kickpleat, Nannie Inez, and Spartan. In addition to her photography pursuits, LeSueur is also working as a prop stylist on cookbook projects for photographer Jody Horton. This month, she marries her fiancé, David Phillips (pictured right). To view her portfolio, visit

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  • A good pair of trousers from Kick Pleat like a pair by MM6 Maison Martin Margiela. My uniform - white tee and a blazer with sneaks or heels.
  • A seasoned cast iron pot for cooking for the week after a trip to the farmers market - braised wild boar shoulder with vegetables and greens or a stew hen, but especially for gumbo, since its football season.
  • Knives by Opinel for French Legation picnics.
  • Starter plants and seeds for planting collards, parsley, cauliflower, chard and broccoli from Shoal Creek Nursery.
  • Wine & Whiskey Tumblers from Spartan.
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After living in London, where he set up and managed a bicycle tourism company called Fat Tire Bike Tours, David Phillips moved to Austin with his fiancée, Kate LeSueur (pictured above). “In London, you learn to dress in layers, and the urbaneness of the fashion culture was impossible for me not to incorporate in some aspects when I moved to Austin,” he says. “I still enjoy an Austin version of some of my London favorites—Vans, jeans, and a long-sleeved button-down with a basic sweater and maybe a light jacket.” Phillips and LeSueur chose to settle in Austin, with New Orleans being a close second. “I especially love the entrepreneurial nature of the city and the intellectual curiosity of [most] Austonians,” he says. His fall shopping staples include TreeHouse for projects, Barton Springs Nursery for the garden, and STAG for wardrobe. Phillips is currently working for an Internet start-up called cbanc that aims to reduce key stresses felt by smaller community banks that are critical for small-business lending.

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  • A bicycle from Greenline Beach Cruisers for rides with Kate to a brisk full-moon swim at Barton Springs. Be sure to howl at the moon!
  • Game Time - Saturday, November 23. Texas A&M (me) versus LSU (Kate) at one of our favorite watering holes Shoal Creek Saloon (909 N. Lamar Blvd.)
  • Nurturing the spiritual side - St. David's Episcopal Compline service. Compline is the last of the daily offices chanted by monks before retiring for the evening. It's every Sunday at 8pm. All are welcome
  • Austin Green Water Rain Barrels from TreeHouse - converting two 55 gallon drums into handsome rain barrels.


Make-up Artist. A born and raised Austinite like her dad, the legendary golfer Ben Crenshaw, Katherine Crenshaw can’t wait for fall. From Honeycrisp apples to the Austin City Limits Music Festival, she soaks up everything about the season. When it comes to dressing for autumn, she stocks her closet with pieces from Blue Elephant, Luxe Apothetique, and St. Bernard Sports, and sticks with the basics like “a pair of dark jeans, a comfy sweater, boots and a great jacket.” To view her portfolio, visit

  • Skirt by Vince, Neiman Marcus. Skirts are a new thing for me. I live in jeans if I'm not wearing a dress. It's a great combo of edgy, girly and sophisticated.
  • Earrings by Alexis Bitar, Charm and Chain. I fell in love with how enchantingly creepy these earrings are. The skull of the monkey reminds me of Gollum. They really are like little pieces of art.
  • Handbag, Rebecca Minkoff. This bag is amazing. Other than my occasional clutch, I can't recall a time when I have worn a purse or handbag that doesn't have a cross-body strap. They look neat, but I love the functionality of the cross-body strap to be hands-free.
  • Slippers, Tory Burch. They look like something I will live in all fall. They're great for working on my feet for long hours while looking stylish and polished yet being comfortable.
  • Watch, Braun Clocks. This men's watch is perfectly simple. No bells and whistles, just an all black watch with the numbers clearly visible.
  • Fairy's Kiss Eyeshadow, Nars. This palette is a necessity for fall. Mixing two of makeup's hottest trends, barely there makeup and a new sense of grunge.
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Writer. Travis Klunick, a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers, has a fall tradition. “I love when the first cold fronts of the year slide in. Everything gets so magical and lovely feeling,” he says. “On the first cool night, I open all my windows, cook a big pot of stew, put on an album like “Nebraska” and have a quiet little feast with good friends to celebrate.” Klunick has called Austin home for nine years and always enjoys shopping locally at Farewell Books, JM Drygoods, Sam Hill and Spartan. He is currently working on a novel and a series of poems. Check out his blog at, which he calls “a catalog of mysteries or something like that.”

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  • Custom Ranch, Texas Hatters. The dark flat brimmed hat makes people look like they're ferrying secrets through the world.
  • Horse Skin Jacket, Sam Hill - how can you go wrong with a good old leather jacket?
  • Icon Shirt, Paul Smith. Because of the way the print is really serious and playful at the same time, and the colors are so good!
  • Goldskull Earrings, BJROG. Like how Frank Stanford said, "all of this magic against death."
  • Eye Print Sweatshirt, Kenzo. It's really interesting to me because I've been kind of obsessed with the idea of seeing lately and the thought of having eyes over your whole body is really mysterious and lovely.


Photography by Julie Cope


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