Friday, November 14, 2014

A Day of Shopping in Austin, Texas

On a beautiful Fall day we decided to check out some shops in Austin. While there aren't many mainstream clothing stores in town, Austin has unique, independently owned boutiques and terrific vintage stores. After a leisurely brunch at the Elizabeth Street Cafe we headed over to Friends & Neighbors, a fantastic concept shop which opened earlier this year.

Jill at Friends & Neighbors

Co-owner Jill Bradshaw, whom I knew from working in trend forecasting in NYC, has incredible style so I was excited to check out Friends & Neighbors!


This charming boutique is a collaboration that brings together tastemakers in fashion, food, art, and design. Jill started Friends & Neighbors along with Greg Mathews and Jade Place Mathews of Austin’s Hillside Farmacy and Brooklyn’s El Diablo Tacos at Union Pool. The store is set in a historic east Austin home where guests can shop, hang out, and meet friends for coffee or a glass of wine. 


The merchandise is a mix of vintage, emerging designers and established brands, unique to the Austin area. The store is laid out as if it was someone's home, with a number of rooms, each with different themes. The living room features vintage clothing, along with jewelry, accessories and home goods, and the bathroom showcases soap, beauty, products, and linens. The bedroom has a boudoir feel, with bold colors and patterns and fun lingerie.


The kitchen carries Stumptown coffee and a curated mix of artisanal snacks, wines, beers, and juices for enjoying in the cozy backyard or to take to go. 


These fabulous hand painted platforms were a great find!


They recently added a children's room, with kids' clothes that match the funky aesthetic of the shop. We loved the leopard sweatshirt! Another thing I really love about Friends & Neighbors is how they offer an onsite tailor to get the perfect fit with their vintage clothes!

A colorful outfit at Feathers

After Friends & Neighbors, we stopped by a classic Austin vintage store - Feathers, which has been an Austin favorite since they opened in 2005.


Feathers is beautifully merchandised, with everything laid out in bold, color coordinated sections - making it easy to find a perfect vintage piece. They also carry an array of artisan jewelry.

Peggy searching for treasures at Feathers

Our last stop was to a one-day pop up shop called Feliz, held at the Palm Door event space. The packed event featured a select group of independent artists and designers. 


One of our favorites was Christy Curcuru's collection called Growing. She makes some incredible, intricate beaded necklaces. 

Colorful and playful necklaces from Growing

Teresa Robinson's Tiro Tiro jewelry line was another highlight! Inspired by traditional craft practices, Teresa's work is simple yet refined. 

Tiro Tiro's designs

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