Top 10 Lists: Where to Shop in Austin
In the November issue of Lucky , we profiled collaborations between designers and boutique hotels in four exciting cities. The resulting products are completely unique and available only in those locations, so they're sure to become destinations in and of themselves. This month, we're bringing you top-ten lists full of insider information about the best places to shop in each of these cities.
Today's guide uncovers the best finds in Austin, Texas.
1. By George
For more than a quarter century, this venerable Austin retailer has staunchly supported emerging talent. The flagship downtown locale's designer department is flush with Lanvin bags and Marni dresses, while the more street-centric outpost on trendy South Congress features labels such as Isabel Marant Etoile and Current/ Elliott.
1400 S. Congress Ave., 512-441-8600; 524 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-472-5951,bygeorgeaustin.com
2. Eliza Page
Fine jewelry from emerging names is the focus at this expertly edited spot. Everything is first organized by designer--making it easy to find that Becky Kelso moonstone ring or Ginette NY monogram necklace--then sorted according to price.
229 W. Second St., 512-474-6500, elizapage.com
It's no accident that the vintage garments here seem in sync with current trends--they're purposely selected for their modern-day relevance yet still have an undeniably hip, retro appeal. And every piece is a winner, whether it's a batwing-sleeved dress, a Stevie Nicks-ish crystal pendant, or an appliquéd silk peasant blouse.
1700B S. Congress Ave., 512-912-9779
Just north of Austin's University of Texas area bustle is this relaxing plant nursery and store. The focal point of the compound is a modernized bungalow filled with European cookware, colorful hand-blown glass, and Santa Maria Novella potpourri. Plus, there's an attached barn offering teak dining tables and Yucatan cowhide chairs.
1818 W. 35th St., 512-451-5490, gardens-austin.com
5. Kick Pleat
Kick Pleat is our preferred destination for clothing by emerging labels like Hache and Apiece Apart, plus the latest by established names like Rachel Comey and Vanessa Bruno.
918 W. 12th St., 512-445-4500, kickpleat.com
6. Luxe Apothetique
Located in North Austin's open-air Domain shopping center, this boutique-salon-spa hybrid has an airy loftiness and is healthily stocked with labels like Rebecca Taylor, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, and Jurlique beauty products. Further back, the store houses a treatment area.
11501 Century Oaks Terrace, 512-346-8202
7. Parts & Labour
Texans have an intense sense of pride when it comes to their state, so it makes sense that a shop would crop up exclusively featuring Lone Star State-made goods. In fact, the owners needed to relocate up the street this year to a space that is almost three times larger. Items crafted by more than 200 young talents, many of whom live in the area, are on offer, from cheeky T-shirts to offbeat jewelry.
1117 S. Congress Ave., 512-326-1648, partsandlabour.com
Seemingly overnight, a strip of West Second Street in downtown Austin morphed into the city's go-to shopping area, and Shiki was the first to open its doors. It's our preferred source for rising names like Fiona Paxton, Alexis Hudson, Cecilia De Bucourt, and Dana Kellin--and the store's elegantly exotic decor is echoed in the clothing.
225 W. Second St., 512-391-0123, shopshiki.com
9. Uncommon Objects
This is the most ingeniously curated antiques resource we've ever encountered. Proprietor Steve Wiman collects only top-notch goods, and it shows in the shop's 30-plus booths, brilliantly executed, from a carnival-inspired stand dedicated to vintage gaming paraphernalia to a cabin-like nook laden with offbeat Western collectibles.
1512 S. Congress Ave., 512-442-4000, uncommonobjects.com
10. Valentine's Too
Entirely girly in looks and merchandise, this Davenport Village favorite stocks all the essentials a ladylike Austinite could desire: Milly, Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor, and Trina Turk are among the labels it carries.
3801 Capital of Texas Hwy. , Ste. G180, 512-347-9488, valentinestoo.com
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