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.
1. Amy’s Ice Creams | Big Kid S’mores
Amy Simmons was inspired to create Big Kid S’mores kits after roasting ordinary s’mores with her family. Complete with Callebaut chocolate and Amy’s signature marshmallows, this kit is an elegant twist on a childhood favorite. www.amysicecreams.com
2. Tiny Pies | Pies & Joy
3. Salt Lick | Beef Brisket
For this minimal East Austin bar, there are only two necessities—coffee and beer.
The Wright Bros. Brew & Brew story goes like this: Brothers Grady and Matt Wright were regulars at the Frank coffee bar, where Matt Bolick worked behind the bar. While shooting the breeze one day, the topic arose: Wouldn’t it be great to someday open a craft beer bar and coffee shop? Thus the B&B was (unofficially) born, with Bolick in the meantime leaving Frank to co-open his own roastery and coffee hub, Flat Track, in the back of a shared retail space on Cesar E. Chavez. Eventually, after a brutal location hunt for the Wright-Bolick collaboration, an unexpected opportunity presented itself: Progress Coffee, one of the first businesses to redirect Austin’s attention eastward, was up for sale. And, as Bolick says, “A month and a half later, we were the proud new owners. Insane.”
Grocery aisle hometown heroes: from espresso to veggie burgers, our favorite locally-made products on the rise
Primizie Crispbreads | primiziesnacks.com
After traveling through Italy, Mark and Lisa Spedale were so inspired by the country’s ‘crisped’ breads that they took matters into their own hands. Enter Primizie Crispbreads: crunchy, thickly-cut specialty chips perfect for everything from topping to dipping. The best topping? According to Primizie there’s “No question: Fresh-made guacamole on the Chile & Lime!”
The pixie-haired editor is a veritable force to be reckoned with; the founder of feminist local ‘zine Vagina, Crosby balances the smart, progressive voice of her growing publication with personal aspirations to become involved in politics and policy conversations.
Catch me up to date on your last year. What have you been working on?
So much! Really, if I’m ever not trying to accomplish ten things at once then someone should probably check my pulse and call a doctor…I’ve been working on Vagina of course. It’s the most exciting, creative, and challenging part of my life any given day of the year. We put out four issues this year and I’m hopelessly proud of each of them[…]
Kyle Osburn | Cinematographer
Through His Lens—the gifted filmmaker finds beauty all around him.
Catch me up to speed on your year. What have you been working on?
A few highlights were working with the camera crew on the final year of filming of Richard Linklater’s “12 Year Project” in Big Bend and collaborating with director/photographer Matt Rainwaters on a couple projects, including a lookbook film for Austin’s own Traveller Denim Co.
What new projects does 2014 hold for you?
I enjoy collaborating with friends in the creative field who are designers, photographers and artists so I’ll be working on some documentary film projects and narrative film projects with friends in 2014. I turn 30 this month (December), so I’m looking forward to what the first year of my thirties has in store.
Don’t just call her the “daughter of”—this petite dynamo is taking the family business—the legendary Salt Lick—to new places with her role in the company.
Catch me up to date on your last year.
For me, there really is zero separation between my work life and business life. Welcome to working for the family business. That said, this past year has been crazy! I have been working to increase sales in our catering division, I’ve been managing Salt Lick Cellars [the restaurant’s winery and private label]—picking the wines and merchandise we offer, I renovated Pecan Grove, our largest event facility, my husband and I renovated our home, my mother and I have started a side business buying and renovating a house together, and I helped a good friend plan her wedding that was held in our vineyards.