TRAVEL & LGBT
13 Stores in Austin You’ve Gotta See
As an avid traveler and a sorta minimalist my love for shopping is a difficult hobby to maintain. When Lindsay and I moved to Mexico we had to fit everything we own into two suitcases and a backpack. I selected 13 outfits that I wanted to keep and filled the rest of my suitcases with boring – but important things like legal paperwork. I wear my clothes way more than the average person and tend to cycle through things rather quickly. When you have so little a hole in a sweater becomes a much bigger deal. It also means I spend a lot more time looking for the perfect addition to my wardrobe when it is time to buy something new.
While we were working with Visit Austin for my 30th birthday trip I knew we were in the perfect place to find a unique birthday outfit for my big day. Here is an Austin shopping guide for a few of our favorite shops that we uncovered in the hunt for finding the perfect birthday dress – and a couple for keeping Lindsay entertained while I browsed for hours and hours. [I’m not sorry] Check out our individual picks and some mutual favorites.
Escape to Cove, a women’s boutique on South Congress in the heart of Austin, Texas. A departure from the typical, Cove is a travel-inspired retreat. Here you’ll find Elevated casual clothing for the girl who wants to look perfect but without trying too hard. Think travel instagram ready looks with a boho beach vibe.
Maya Star is an on-trend women’s clothing and accessories boutique at a range of price points in an urban-chic space. Showcasing a range of independent designers and boutique labels from around the world, their affordable women’s wear gave me Pinterest vibes.
Leighelena is a little accessories shop with the most adorable handmade jewelry and gifts. I bought three vintage scarves out of their discount scarf box and ended up scoring a Valentino scarf for $4. I also really loved their polished leather wrist cuffs and turquoise rings.
Creatures Boutique was one of my favorite of the femme leaning shops on South Congress. This hip boutique offers handpicked apparel and accessories made by local artists and independent designers. Creatures has adorable dresses and a massive shoe collection at a reasonable price.
If I could wear vintage all the time – I would in a heartbeat. Feathers is one of the coolest vintage shops I’ve ever seen. Specializing in hand-selected vintage clothing for women, Feathers has expanded its collection to include an array of artisan jewelry as well as vintage home decor and gifts. Feathers also offers their own line of reworked vintage under the label Feathers Originals. It’s a Super cool shop to pick up a truly unique piece.
Service is a menswear boutique offering what I’d describe as slick streetwear with surf and skate vibes. Lindsay really loved their hats, Mojave boots and the wide selection of Naked and Famous short sleeved button down shirts. The boutique comes complete with reasonable price points and high style.
When you’re thinking about Stag Provisions you should be thinking the best of masculine of center casual style. You’ll find hipster brands, designer denim, and some of the softest tee’s I’ve ever felt. There’s also a great range of Herschel backpacks and their upscale counterparts TOPO mixed in with uniquely designed casual button downs. It’s a fashion blogger’s dream come true.
Revival Cycles features brands and products the owners have encountered on their many motorcycle adventures. The store is owned by a company that also does motorcycle repairs and customizations, their retail shop is designed to support a motorcycle lifestyle more fully. They have a variety of products from our in-house made leather products to literature for when you aren’t out on your motorcycle. Motorcycle inspired men’s wear with an urban industrial edge. While you’re in town get your buttery leather goods and vintage tees at Revival Cycles.
Big Top Candy Shop
This wouldn’t be Lindsay’s list if we didn’t include a candy shop. It’s just part of her soul. The Big Top Candy Shop is an old school soda jerk style candy shop is straight out of the 1950s. Grab some salt water taffy, razzles, and a homemade soda before hitting the rest of the shops.
We Both Loved
By George is a mixed gender high-end boutique with clothing, accessories, and home goods. The shop is bright and airy with beautiful displays that just ooze fancy stuff. Think subtle YSL shoulder bags hanging next to Yeezy gear with attentive salespeople.
If it’s a weird household object you’ll find it at Uncommon Objects. It kinda reminds me of Ariel’s treasure trove in the little mermaids complete with dinglehoppers and random fun finds like an antique jar of tiny plastic naked baby dolls. Each section is themed and every corner is like an acid trip or a shop curators fever dream.
While Tom’s isn’t a local boutique, I had to include it in this list because the Austin store is awesome. They have a coffee shop inside and lots of outdoor cafe seating. In the back there’s a mural by famed street artist, James Goldcrown. You probably know his work because it’s all over Austin’s Instagram accounts. He has several murals of multicolored hearts. Inside the shop sells Tom’s shoes and their new range of higher end sunglasses. It’s definitely worth a visit.