Meet the Muses for TRIBEZA Style Week No. 11

September sets the stage for cooler temperatures, new trends in fall fashion, and of course, TRIBEZA Style Week presented by Lexus - our 11th annual celebration of Austin's easy style.

This year’s vision shines a spotlight on eight unique local style icons who have been influential in creating the modern Texas style that has become synonymous with Austin cool. We salute their personal vision, abundant talents, and passionate pursuits by placing them at the helm of our Style Week campaign. We hope you find inspiration in their individual style as we reveal the lineup of this year’s Style Week events.

Alexandra Valenti


Photographer + Artist

Contribution to Austin Style: Despite being told to move to LA to pursue my photography career, I stayed true to my creative instincts, stayed in Austin, and used Texas as my backdrop. I have collaborated with so many of my Austin friends/creatives to showcase my work, which got the attention of major national brands like Free People, Steve Madden, Hollister, Silver Jeans, Bona Drag, Samsung, and Sony Music. I fly to Los Angeles regularly to work, but I always happily come home to Austin.

My Personal Style: I like a uniform these days. Denim-on-denim, black-on-black, gray-on-gray you get the idea. I find something I like to wear, and I wear it for weeks on end. It's easier when you travel as much as I do to keep it simple.

Aaron Ross


Professional BMX Rider; Co-owner, Burro Cheese Kitchen

Contribution to Austin Style: I bring dose of funky Austin flavor to the international biking scene. BMX has been part of Austin's culture since way before me, but since my video appearances in the Austin brand Empire BMX videos, and being a part of that team, we continue to put Austin on the map. With Burro Cheese Kitchen, I spread the gospel of grilled cheese goodness and contribute to our awesome restaurant scene that favors quality food in a laid-back setting.

My personal style: I'm a casual, jeans and t-shirts guy all the way; noting too flashy or fancy. Sporty sneakers and cool sunglasses are appropriate for any occasion as far as I'm concerned. What I wear reflects what I do and how I live my life, and that's how it should be. Austin embraces that kind of independent attitude.

Katy Culmo


Retail Merchant; Owner, By George

Contribution to Austin Style: Running By George has meant 35 years of addressing the ongoing and changing style needs of Austin women, through an artistic vision (shared by my partner in crime Matt) and our expansive, refined collections that include Celine, The Row, Marni, Dosa, Helmut Lang and Dries Van Noten.

My Personal Style: “Pulled-together” casual that relies on classic cuts, a mostly neutral palette, and comfortable fabrics…with a little residual hippie added to the mix. My go-to pieces usually include a scarf (I’ve amassed quite a collection over the years), Celine sneakers, and the perfect bag.

Ben Edgerton


Co-owner, Contigo Austin and Gardner

Contribution to Austin Style: Contigo represents many things that are wonderful and unique about Austin. It is casual, but curated. We have kids, dogs, dates, bachelorette parties, and grandparents all dining together in an open and inviting space. I’m hopeful that Contigo has helped solidify the unique intersection of quirky and traditional that makes Austin what it is.

My Personal Style: I was raised in South Texas by a rancher. I channeled that heritage into the first restaurant we opened, Contigo Austin. Based on my background, I tend to focus on well made items. I like things that I can wear for 10 or more years. I prefer things I don’t have to worry about getting dirty. I also like pieces that are tailored, like my hat from Texas Hatters. My personal style is classic and simple. In keeping with one of my heroes, Guy Clark, I like “stuff that works”.

Cambria Harkey

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Owner of Cambria Handmade Leather Goods; Photo Director for C3 Presents

Contribution to Austin Style: I’m proud that I can create something that other Austinites want to use and wear, not only as part of their daily routine, but also to enhance their own personal style. It makes me happy to see someone wearing my bag and to see that it looks well worn. I’m also very proud of the stores and hotels that carry my pieces in Austin. It means a lot when a hotel wants to carry your work, because you represent Austin with what you make. The hotel wants your pieces to be a souvenir that guests can take away with them, and that reminds them to return.

My Personal Style: Style is so much more than clothing or the accessories that you’re wearing. It’s how you carry yourself and, most importantly, how you treat people on a daily basis. It takes guts to step out of the trendy norms and be who you want to be, and wear what you want to wear. If I could dress the way I wanted to every day, I’d still keep it simple and timeless, very well made, a little free-spirited, and not buttoned up. I’m not a fan of crazy prints, or anything tight around my neck. Solids treat me fine, like thin white T-shirts that hang, feel, and fit just right. Accompany that tee with an Arielle de Pinto messy chain necklace, a pair of fitted, well-worn jeans, and flip-flops (of course), and voilà! that’s me. There’s also a side of me that loves timeless pieces of any kind, and I’m a huge sucker for 1940s cocktail dresses and housedresses. I’ve started collecting vintage patterns for all the dressesI’d like someone to make me one day.

Deana Saukam


PR, Media, and Events Director for Qui and East Side King; Professional Eater and Bon Vivant

Contribution to Austin Style: For the last couple of years, my partner chef Paul Qui and I have been on a pretty fabulous culinary roller coaster, traveling the globe for Top Chef, food festivals, culinary inspiration, and pleasure. As a result of the international urban influences that we've been exposed to (and the Champagne-sipping life that we love), I’d like to think I bring a serious dose of fun to Austin’s red hot dining scene.

My Personal Style: My fashion inspirations range from Beyonce to Fleetwood Mac, I adore bright colors, bold patterns, strappy heels, and daring designs with plenty of personality.

Joshua Bingama


Founder, HELM Boots

Contribution to Austin Style: I’ve played music in a band, roasted coffee, built houses in Honduras, imported kilims from Turkey, worked as a special-needs teacher, in a hardware store electrical department, and owned several small businesses centered on footwear and coffee. I love adventure, I’m not afraid to work hard, and I value friends and family deeply. The HELM store, and the inspiration and beauty of each boot is a confluence of all of these pursuits.

My Personal Style: I’m a bit of a shoe geek and I’ve obsessed about boots for most of my life. When it comes to clothes, I go for simple and classic. Although I do have a soft spot for tees and ball caps devoted to rock and roll and Oklahoma (my home state).

Larry McGuire


Partner, McGuire Moorman Hospitality

Contribution to Austin Style: Fun, well designed, and delicious restaurants with tricked out details and a really nice team of people. I’ve recently partnered with By George and we’re working together on a new concept for the South Congress store that will impart some of the McGuire Moorman Hospitality aesthetic including men’s clothing, furniture, and artisan wares. I’m excited to continue creating interesting spaces and experiences for Austin.

My Personal Style: I try to be well rounded and ready for any situation with a casual day-to-day uniform of good jeans and trousers, custom-made shirts and soft tees. I definitely lean pretty preppy but balance it with modern color, detail, and fit. I'm not afraid to wear a good suit in Austin. I love Common Project sneakers, Levi’s vintage, old man sweaters, suiting by Dries Van Noten, shirts by Hamilton, espadrilles, and anything from Band of Outsiders or Officine Generale. I've tried to stay fit, which is a challenge in the restaurant biz, but it’s been an important part of my style and our company culture. Above all else, I like quality things made by passionate people.

Style Week Events

Smoked Meat & Metal

  • 5305 Bolm Rd.
  • Friday, September 19, 7-10pm
  • Tickets: $20

TRIBEZA's popular men's night returns to Bolm Road with Smoked Meat and Metal, co-hosted by Revival Cycles, Traveller Denum, and HELM. Benefiting Project LOOP, the evening will showcase half-pipe skating demos, a rum garden by Mount Gay Black Barrel, and a performance by Immortal Guardian. Guests will have the chance to view the latest offerings from a few of our favorite local artisans like Fort Lonesome, Beardbrand, and more.

  • You're Eating: Stiles Switch BBQ, ALC Steaks, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, Burro Cheese Kitchen.
  • You're Drinking: Austin Cocktails, Modelo, Pacifico, Rum Cocktails and tastings in the Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum Garden.

Southern Brunch

  • Rain Lily Farm | 914 Shady Lane
  • Sunday, September 21, 11am-2pm
  • Tickets: $65

Nestled alongside fields of produce and wildflowers, TRIBEZA will host a stylish southern brunch (with table designs by Red Rover Alley) at Rain Lily Farm. Expect a lavish menu prepared by chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki, delicious brunch cocktails, live bluegrass music, and cool pop-up vendors (including Raven + Lily, Hip Humanitarian, Blanton Museum of Art, and Criquet shirts) to round out the sip-and-stroll fun. This event will benefit Urban Roots.

  • Sponsored by: The Catherine Luxury Apartments
  • You're Eating: Southern-style biscuits, glazed pork shoulder roast, griddled okra, and redneck cheddar grits.
  • You're Drinking: Austin Cocktails, Corona, Pacifico, The Botanist Gin cocktails.

Fashion Show

  • Fair Market | 1100 E 5th St
  • Wednesday, September 24, 6-10pm
  • VIP Tickets: $125 | General Admission, Seated: $75 | General Admission, Standing: $40

This year's fashion show will be even more curated and reflective of Austin style than ever before. Sip cocktails and prepare to be mesmerized by a vast industrial space reimagined by Matt Fajkus Architecture. Stylist Sara Oswalt will thoughtfully select fashions from our favorite local retail stores to tell the story of modern Texas style. VIP lounges sponsored by Turnquist Partners Realtors and the Law Office of Janet McCullar, P.C. Hair and makeup by Propaganda Hair Group. Event proceeds benefit Dress for Success.

  • Sponsored by: Lexus of Austin
  • You're Eating: Chinatown, Barlata, Fork & Vine, Winebelly and Delish
  • You're Drinking: Cointreau Rickeys, Austin Cocktails, Corona, Modelo, Pacifico, Topo Chico, and The Austin Winery
  • You're Listening To: The Nightowls

Blooms + Butter: A Dinner with Gabrielle Hamilton, Owner/Chef of Prune

  • The Contemporary Austin Jones Center | 700 Congress Ave.
  • Friday, September 26, 7-10pm
  • Tickets: $150

The punctuation of Style Week will be a sumptuous dinner with Gabrielle Hamilton, best-selling author of Blood, Bones & Butter and the chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York City. Cocktails and conversation with Hamilton (called a culinary Cormac McCarthy by The New York Times) will be followed by a menu prepared from her forthcoming cookbook, Prune, which features more than 250 recipes from her restaurant. Tables decked out by florist David Kurio and a fabulous backdrop of the light fading over Austin will round out a gorgeous evening devoted to the art of personal style. Event proceeds will benefit Creative Action.

  • You're Eating: Recipes from Prune prepared by Jeffrey's & Josephine House
  • You're Drinking: Austin Cocktails, Modelo, Pacifico, and The Botanist Negronis

Style Week Sponsors + Participants

Austin Cocktails | Beardbrand | Beehive | Blanton Museum of Art | Casablanca Living | Co-Star x Archive | Criquet Shirts | Crown Imports | Feathers | Fever Tree | HELM Boots | Hoiden Supply Co. | Intelligent Lighting Design | Kendra Scott | Kick Pleat | KXAN | Law Office of Janet McCullar, P.C. | Lexus | Lexus of Austin | LOOT Vintage Rentals | MF Architecture | Maya Star | Propaganda Hair Group | Raven + Lily | Red Rover Alley | Remy Cointreau USA | The Austin Winery | The Catherine Leasable Luxury | The CW Austin | The Garden Room | The Hip Humanitarian | Topo Chico | Turnquist Partners Realtors

About our Presenting Sponsor

LEXUS launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, it has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior, and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F models, including the LFA supercar, for top-of-the-line performance.


Photography by Matt Rainwaters

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