Austin Insider’s Guide
Tribeza Talk April 2018
An Insider’s Guide to What’s Buzzing Around Austin
by Nicole Beckley
Stretching into new territory
Lifestyle design maven Katie Kime is bringing her bold patterns to the yoga studio. Kime recently added yoga leggings to her brand, which already includes items like wallpaper, pillows, and pajamas. Take your workout style up a notch with the higher-waisted, polyester-spandex-blended pants, specifically designed to endure stretching. Supercharge your downward dog in the yellow-accented Joyous pattern or relax into Savasana in the rose-pink Magnolia Sunset.
“I’m a shoe designer full-time, so I was working from home and I was getting really sick of being at home all day,” Selena McCartney explains. To alleviate her cabin fever, McCartney got creative, finding a space on South First Street that could serve as both a design studio and a shoe boutique. In February McCartney opened The Art of Shoes. The back serves as her work space, and the front functions as a shop in two sections: one boasting vintage and “pre-loved” shoes; the other, new shoes, displayed in an art gallery-like setup.
When McCartney’s not at her desk working — she’s the design director for Katy Perry footwear and consults for Teysha shoes and other brands — she loves having women come into the space. “They’ll come in with their girlfriends and laugh and try shoes on, and it’s just the sweetest thing to watch them get so excited about it.” Photograph by Richard Casteel.
In 2012, Anna Gieselman took her beekeeping hobby in a new direction, launching Bee Amour, a robust jewelry line inspired by honeycomb shapes. More than just the shapes, many of the line’s necklaces, earrings, and rings contain sections of actual honeycomb, cast in bronze and sterling silver. Other unique items include resin-coated honeycomb bolo ties and pendants memorializing real bees in resin.
Hunt and Gather
When it comes to spring style, Megan Clifton likes to keep it simple. “I’m all about a black T-shirt and jeans and a really bold, fun necklace,” Clifton says. Her interest in jewelry was handed down from her grandmothers — one gravitated toward Native American squash blossoms; the other was fond of gemstones — and inspired her line, Gather Goods, launched in November.
To create her necklaces, Clifton, who spent four years in product development at Fossil, scours gem shows, antique malls, and estate sales, on the hunt for unique beads. “I’m a one-man show, so each piece is totally different than another,” she says. “You’re really not going to find a double of anything exactly the same.”
“Everyone has personal power. It’s inside you,” Gay Gaddis says. “I truly believe that’s the kind of power that we really all want.” As the founder and CEO of the advertising agency T3, Gaddis knows a thing or two about tapping into personal power, and she shares her collected wisdom in her book, “Cowgirl Power,” released in January. Gaddis uses the stories of real cowgirls as entry points into her own story, highlighting the grit and drive of Wild West performers like Bessie Herberg and Annie Oakley.
“A few of my historic cowgirls are what I would call real fashionistas in their own way,” Gaddis says. “They wore amazing costumes, and it was part of their style, part of their personality.” When it comes to her personal style, Gaddis admits a love for shoes and combining high and low brands as a form of self-expression. “I always tell people, ‘If you splurge on anything, splurge on a handbag, because they say a lot about you.’” Photograph by Mark Seliger.
Lighting the Fuse
With nearly a decade and a half under its belt, the Fusebox Festival remains one of the city’s most reliable events for artistically interesting experiences. Running April 18 through 22, the wide-ranging festival includes animation, visual art, music, dance, and live theater performances at a variety of venues. Keep an eye out for “The Cold Record,” a one-man show from the Rude Mechs’ Kirk Lynn, and “Abandoned Playground,” a dynamic dance performance highlighting the athleticism of nine unique dancers. Reservations are needed, but all events are free. Photograph by Chian Ann Lu.