Austin Insider’s Guide
Tribeza Talk September 2017
An Insider’s Guide to What’s Buzzing Around Austin
by Nicole Beckley
Seen & Be Seen
New downtown hotspots are popping up left and right. In the newly opened Aloft hotel on Congress Ave. at Seventh, Caroline is serving up New American food all day, with Upstairs at Caroline slinging cocktails and hosting live music on the second floor patio. If all-day brunch is more your style, make a bee-line for Holy Roller, off West Sixth in the former Wahoo’s space. Led by Callie Speer (formerly of Geraldine’s and Swift’s Attic), the punk rock vibe plays out in creative combinations like pancakes with fried chicken and migas kolaches.
Guys in Shirts
When Hobson Brown and Billy Nachman launched Criquet Shirts in 2010, they wanted to revitalize the retro-cool style of classic collared Polo-type shirts. Seven years later the brand has grown to include Texas-made button-down shirts and seasonal items, and expanded from online-only to 150 stores throughout the US. “I think the vintage style speaks to guys that maybe don’t wear collared shirts every day but they love the throw-back style of our shirts,” Brown explains. One guy in particular who loves the style is actor Luke Wilson. “We kept seeing him in our shirts showing up on various TV programs for interviews,” Brown says. Last year Wilson came on board as a partner in the brand.
In October Criquet is debuting its first jacket offering. “It’s kind of our take on the classic Patagonia fleece jacket that every guy has and loves,” Brown says, “[It’s] not super heavy, so made more with Texas in mind than Alaska.”
Add a little “boo!” to your ‘do with haircare brand Verb’s Ghost line. This month Verb releases four new items, including Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner, Ghost Dry Oil, and Ghost Prep, a hair primer meant to be applied pre-styling. Don’t be scared of these ghosts – the products are paraben and sulfate-free, and use moringa seed oil to combat frizz and natural ingredients like sunflower seed and quinoa protein to help protect hair.
In 2011, while traveling in Namibia, Emily Joyce Bolf happened upon Kigelia Africana extract from southern Africa’s native Sausage Trees. Lauded as an ingredient to clarify skin and treat eczema and dark spots, Bolf was inspired to formulate a skin care line built around the extract. This May Bolf launched Kelia Skincare, a luxury green beauty brand that works to target sun damage. “Kigelia Africana is really pretty much unknown, so it’s exciting to be able to bring this new ingredient to people,” Bolf says. The line is already receiving praise from folks with skin sensitivity. “It’s so thrilling and gratifying to hear that it’s working for people,” Bolf says. A serum, moisturizer and night cream are available now and a part of the proceeds go back to the African farmers that help produce the key ingredient.
One Stop Shopping
Looking for a spot to get artisan-created jewelry, home goods, and ceramics under one roof? Thanks to Fail Collective, Christine Fail’s handcrafted modern jewelry line, and EA/ST Co. you can find handwoven scarves, hanging planters, hammered bronze earrings and forged brass bangles all at their newly opened East Cesar Chavez outpost, which held its grand opening in July.
Shop to the Music
The ever-expanding Domain NORTHSIDE celebrated two new shop openings in July, with the addition of cutting-edge denim outfitter Paige, and sustainable leather goods brand R.M. Williams. This month Domain NORTHSIDE celebrates its 1-year anniversary and launches NORTHSIDE Amplified, a three-night music series, with a performance from The Nightowls on September 30.
“Really the products that we carry, they’re like little works of art,” says Jen Lewis, founder of Purse & Clutch. Since starting the brand in 2011, Lewis has worked with artisans in Guatemala and Ethiopia to produce fair-trade handbags, and this spring launched their first independently designed collection. They also opened their first retail space, on South Lamar, hosting a grand opening in August. The space allows people to admire the hand-spun cotton and botanically dyed colors. This fall look for their new zippered cross-body leather bag from Ethiopia and small batch-made cotton-silk blended scarves from Guatemala.