Learn about some of the local creators selling handmade goods from their Austin studios.
March 10 saw 15 local vendors selling their wares at Culture Trip’s Soho in SoCo celebration, located in the iconic Austin Motel. Inspired by Hong Kong’s famed night markets, the market featured creators and makers of all kinds, selling lovingly crafted fragrances, ceramics, apparel, jewelry, candles, leather goods and more. You can find out more about some of the featured vendors below, and visit their shops the next time you find yourself in Austin, Texas.
Miranda Bennett Studio has a collection of modern, plant-dyed apparel made in the USA. The studio dyes the textiles naturally and cuts, processes and ships its hyper-comfortable, earthy apparel, home goods and naturally dyed nail polish from Austin. The studio’s apparel is manufactured exclusively with Open Arms, an Austin-based sustainable apparel manufacturer empowering refugees through fair-wage employment.
Boyd’s of Texas is a San Antonio-based brand of creative scents that are unisex, natural and textured, created with the intention of challenging people. Because the fragrances use only natural materials, they go through a curing process over many months. The scents change and evolve for different wearers. The brand also sells unique soaps and face and body oils.
Owner of Silk Diaries Kylee Barnard botanically hand-dyes silk to self-sooth stress and anxiety. Each silk product – including scarves, bralettes, kimonos, pillowcases and more – is naturally dyed by hand in her Austin studio using various flowers, plants, fruits and tree barks. The idea for Silk Diaries came about as she looked into herself in search of something to provide refuge from impostor syndrome. Recalling the comfort she felt from her silk-trimmed blanket as a child, she used her passion for self-expression and color theory to create a brand of silk products that pays homage to the issues women face in the workplace.
Fibrous is a modern textile and accessory brand founded in Austin by Ellen Bruxvoort. Forever finding a balance between fun and classy, statement and comfortable, Ellen works with natural materials like wool, cotton, linen, hemp, copper and rose gold to create wall art and fiber jewelry for shops and individuals around the world. Each piece is designed and produced by hand using quality materials and attention to detail with a confident, intentional consumer in mind.
Designer, artist and creative director Kara Pendl created Austin-based Karacotta Ceramics with functionality in mind. Each dazzling piece is handmade on the wheel to achieve a simple, modern, organic esthetic. During the creation process, each Karacotta piece is touched no less than 10 times, equaling several hours of specific attention. After the design stage, each piece of clay is weighed, thrown on the wheel, left to dry overnight, trimmed, sponged and sanded, bone-dried, bisque-fired, sponged and sanded again, glaze-fired, and finally inspected, stamped and delivered. This unique process ensures that no two pieces are exactly the same, as all have slight variations in shape, size and glaze.
Our debut short film, The Soul of Soho, explores neighborhoods separated by oceans, history and culture but united by craft community and change. Neighborhoods bound by one name: Soho. Intimate portraits of city living in the Sohos of London, New York and Hong Kong reveal rich stories of the people who bring life to these iconic neighborhoods. Explore Soho here.
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