By Nicole Beckley
At the intersection of form and fantasy sits one of Alexander McQueen’s rare creations — the Armadillo Boot. Named after the emblematic Texas mammal, McQueen’s shoe is a far cry from any traditional Texas boot. At 11.8 inches high, the claw-like structure presents the wearer as a ballerina en pointe. (It was most notably worn by Lady Gaga in her “Bad Romance” video.) While only 21 pairs were originally made, three more were specially created and sold at auction this July, with the proceeds going to Unicef.
On any given Friday or Saturday night, finding an open parking spot downtown can be more than a challenge. Looking to ease the difficulty of finding a parking space, San Francisco-based Luxe has rolled out its service for Austin.
Currently available for downtown and Rainey Street, the Luxe app sends a Luxe valet directly to you and then parks your car in a nearby garage or parking lot. When the trip is complete, cars are returned at the owner’s request in 15 minutes, and overnight parking is available for a fee. If you want a bit more service, the app can also get your car washed, vacuumed and refueled.
“I’ve always loved art and fashion. When I was little, I would make little pencil bags for my friends out of scrap fabric that I found around my home,” designer Monxi Garza says. After studying fashion in Monterrey, Mexico and Madrid, Spain, Garza came to Austin with the idea to launch SUAVS, a breathable shoe geared toward a walking lifestyle that takes the wearer from gym to work to a night out. Currently available in four color options, Garza designed the shoe to slip easily on and off with an Air Mesh exterior that allows for ventilation. “I feel like SUAVS and Austin are a great match because it’s a stylish shoe and it’s modern and minimalist, but at the same time it’s really comfortable to wear,” says Garza.
“Our mom has always sold antiques, so we kind of grew up doing flea markets and estate sales all the time with her,” Catelyn Silapachai says. Traveling with their mother to Europe to source antiques, Silapachai and her brother Clif Claycomb groomed an interest in finding unique and one-of-a-kind goods. After spending some time living in Madrid, Silapachai and Claycomb each moved to Austin and together developed The Distillery, an online shop for vintage and handmade jewelry, accessories, and home goods.
“Austin’s the most open to vintage city that I’ve ever lived in or visited,” Silapachai says. “People are definitely rewarded for having interesting vintage pieces here.” The current trend includes modernist, mid-century gold and brass jewelry, some of which will be on display at Black Lagoon Gallery on September 10 during The Distillery’s Fine Goods pop-up shop.
Armadillo Boot Photo Courtesy of Christie's | Luxe photo courtesy of Luxe | Suavs photo courtesy of Suavs | Distilled Vintage photography by Chelsea Laine Francis.
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.
Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more