Lisa Siva | Editorial Assistant, TRIBEZA
When I was ten, my most prized possession was a red coat with a faux fur-trimmed collar. It was a coat fit for a queen, enveloping me in its satiny lining and rich, unmistakable color. Over a decade later, as I have had wonderful opportunities to meet and write about Austin’s vibrant store owners, jewelry makers and clothing designers, I’ve realized that we all have our own red coat of sorts—the pieces that transform us, the pieces that are windows through which our brightest selves shine. Today, that self is a little Françoise Hardy and a little Jenna Lyons, feminine, with a few touches—a bold boot, a tailored blazer—borrowed from the boys. And with Austin’s eclectic array of well-curated local boutiques, from Girl Next Door’s youthful elegance to Fawn + Raven’s speakeasy atmosphere, this city has been the perfect place to discover a style of my own.
What was your favorite piece of clothing as a child?
As a kid, I wasn’t allowed to wear just anything I wanted to. Once I was out on my own, I was able to figure out who I was and what I liked.
What is your current wardrobe staple?
Red Wing boots, selvedge denim and old motorcycle t-shirts
Which decade in fashion do you identify most with?
I identify most with 60's and 70's biker styling. I am a sucker for soft leather motorcycle boots and dirty denim.
If you could trade wardrobes with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
I love Chet Baker's style in the 1950's. He had amazing style and simple outfits that fit right and looked classic.
What is your favorite place in the world to shop?
My favorite places to shop have to be anywhere that no one else has been—that’s when I feel the happiest.
On a sultry summer night, nothing beats a backyard potluck where the focus is friends, no-fuss food (pass the brisket), family recipes, and second helpings of everything.
When my boyfriend (at the time) Tip made martinis with jalapeño peppers and asked me to move with him to Texas, I hesitated. A New Yorker living in Montana, I’d never even visited the Lone Star State. I imagined feeling awkward, out of place. My friends from Texas knew how to flirt and use hot rollers. But the gin was cold and my boyfriend was my favorite person in the world. A few months later, we loaded up the Toyota Tacoma and headed to Austin.
As any Instagram-addict knows, a striking image of a common thing or moment can be breathtaking and transporting. With that in mind, we asked three local talents (an artist and designer and two professional photographers) who have a knack for documenting their daily lives to lead us through a visual essay of what they cherish about their neighborhoods. As you’ll see in their poignant and lovely images, beauty often lies in the tiniest details, the ones that you’ll miss if you don’t step outside and behold your own street with eyes wide open, and with wonder.
Nancy Mims’ Hyde Park
In the shifting landscape of growing Austin, neighborhoods are reimagined (and grass fed burger joints are built) everyday. Here are five on the rise—put a stake down while you can.
For a long time, the Austin you knew had boundaries. They weren’t set in limestone exactly; they would move a couple miles north or south, but rarely far enough to make an impact on your life. But in recent years, the Austin landscape has been shape-shifting faster than a late-model Terminator. It’s as slippery as a garter snake.
Austin is the fastest-growing city in the United States. A hundred and fifty people move here every day. They have to live somewhere. Because of that crazy influx, seemingly every neighborhood, from low-income central areas to older middle-class neighborhoods to upper-middle-class ring communities, is being remade by the city’s extraordinary boom.
The passionate forces behind the Thinkery dreamed big. As a result, Austin’s stunning and wildly successful new children’s museum has created a neighborhood of its own.
Lynn Meredith hails from a family of educators. So it’s no surprise that when she moved to Austin in 1993, with her husband and four children (the youngest at the time were ages two and six), she quickly became immersed in the Austin Children’s Museum, which was originally founded in 1983 and was housed in temporary locations like malls and libraries. She joined the board of directors and helped raise $6.5 million to open the museum’s former incarnation at 2nd and Colorado in 1997. Today that corner is ground zero for the well-heeled design district, but at the time it wasn’t much of a neighborhood. “It was an area of homeless people and businesses that went dark in the evening,” Meredith remembers.
Just 30 miles east of Austin, you can explore an entirely different world. Here, are our favorite fun, funky, and delicious reasons to get lost in the Piney Woods in and around Bastrop.
Call it a culinary time warp—across the country chefs are returning to old-fashioned methods of food preparation. We asked two gun-toting, butcher knife-wielding enthusiasts why reconnecting with our culinary past matters.