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The 7 Best Austin-Based Fashion Designers

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Updated: 25 September 2016
Some of the most innovative fashion designers reside right here in Austin. They’re talented in everything from custom wedding dresses to custom art on a t-shirt. Austin Fashion Week also brought more local designers to the well-deserved spotlight. Check out these unique local fashion inspirations.

Samantha Plasencia

Former season 13 Project Runway contestant Samantha Plasencia grew up in the small town of Seguin, Texas and now lives in Austin where she remains one of the city’s most influential designers. She specializes in sportswear that serves a practical and fashion-forward purpose. Her latest collection, featured at Austin Fashion Week, combines art with fashion.

Cool storefront picture at @elementboutiquesa grand opening featuring tyvek pieces from AFW.

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Vanessa Duran

Vanessa Duran is owner and designer at Plenty Boutique. Her clothing is often labeled as fun and young with plenty of cutting-edge designs. If you visit her shop, she might even help you style your outfit for an upcoming event. Her designs were also featured at Austin Fashion Week.

Katie Kime

Katie Kime is an Austin fashion designer taking inspiration from the around the world. Not only does she design clothing but she also creates furniture and accessories, adding a touch of Southern charm to her bohemian and modern influences. Visit her website for everything from tableware to unique outfits.

Pulling out our Oyster shifts for the coming #labordayweekend #katiekimeapparel // link in profile

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Lindsey Creel

Lindsey Creel is a former New York design producer and now runs her own small line. Named M.E. Shirley, her line specializes in womenswear that gives off a strong Southern feel. She also starred as a contestant on season 14 of Project Runway. She presents pop-up shops around Austin – follow her updates on Instagram where she reveals the places she’ll sell her one-of-a-kind pieces next.

Sloane Lenz

Sloane Lenz is one of the most innovative fashion designers in Austin, but in the best way possible – her preferred materials are plastic and canvas. She’s only 20 years old but has been sewing her own clothes since she was eight. This talented young fashion designer and all-around creator had her 24-piece collection showcased at this year’s Austin Fashion Week. Her motivation is in finding ways to create wearable art.

Maggie Kleinpeter

Maggie Kleinpeter, along with her husband Michael Pittard, is the owner of Suppermaggie. They took their love for art and created an unmatched clothing line. They provide screen-printed, organic cotton tops, designed by Maggie, for both women and men. It’s custom art on clothing with which you might just fall in love. Currently, you can find their products online or at various local stores like Blue Lux Fashion.

Flower Shower on our Tomato Pullover!! #new #whale #flowers #madeinusa #handprint #austin #fall #red #supermaggie

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Linda Asaf

Describe to Linda your perfect wedding dress, and she’ll sketch it out to where your dream is on paper; it’s all custom-made, with local, experienced tailors producing the final product. Odds are you won’t find a better dress than the one you create with Linda; she also hosts stylish trunk shows featuring her clothing designs.