What’s Buzzing Around Austin This April
Tribeza Talk: Style
Joy in Store
You don’t have to be working out to visit downtown’s Castle Hill Fitness. Now you can pop in for a little shopping at its new gift shop, Joy. Find adorable greeting cards, super-cute kids’ clothes, on-trend jewelry and other items that might make for the perfect thoughtful gift.
Twice as Nice
Austin boutique Good Company is celebrating its second anniversary by adding a second location. In addition to its original outpost on West 12th Street, the doors are opening to a South Congress shop. Both spots will carry fashion from SBJ Austin, the line created by designer Mallary Carroll, as well as jewelry and accessories.
Before Kimberly Baldwin launched her ADM brand, she was traveling through Mexico, looking for inspiration and huipils, traditional embroidered garments. “I would always get compliments,” Baldwin says of wearing the huipils. “I was surprised so many people were like, ‘Where did you get that?’”
With a fashion-design background, including time at Toms Shoes and Polo Ralph Lauren, Baldwin founded ADM after relocating to Austin from Los Angeles and connecting with an artisan community in Mexico. Using traditional weaving techniques, artisans create the brand’s flowy tops and dresses. “I wanted to do something that was a little bit cleaner, a bit more refined, but at the same time still traditional and handmade,” Baldwin says.
Ready to Wear
My first baby was a boy, and I was getting lots of ‘Little Slugger’ and ‘Daddy’s Little Hero’ — just ugly. There was nothing basic,” says Amy Richardson-Golia. “I always thought kidswear was overdesigned — appliques and ruffles and glitter — and I really just wanted something simple.” Looking for basic, durable children’s clothes, Richardson-Golia took matters into her own hands with her brand, June & January. With striped T-shirts and one-color cotton pants, the brand focuses on keeping patterns, colors and silhouettes simple. “Really making everyday pieces they can wear to restaurants or wear to school or wear on play dates,” Richardson-Golia says.
Newly relocated to Georgetown, by way of Utah and New York, Richardson-Golia is readying June & January’s new summer swimwear collection, as well as new accessories and kids’ shoes.
Steven Lee has always loved watches. “I was actually a pilot, my first career, and then I got into sales … but during that whole time I always had this passion.” In 2016 he launched his own brand, DuFrane Watches, borrowing inspiration from his Austin surroundings. Watch styles include the Bergstrom and the Barton Springs 656.
Lee sketches out watch designs by hand and then works with makers in Switzerland to build the mechanical movements. “It takes anywhere from seven months to a year and a half to get a new piece designed, developed, prototyped and then actually produced,” Lee says. He’s got a list of Austin-inspired designs he plans to produce, with a new watch expected this summer. While he’s tight-lipped on the new style, Lee hints, “It will be based off a very iconic Austin institution.” All in good time.
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