As Austin’s population grows, so does its list of locally owned fashion boutiques. From local, independent labels to ethical fashion brands, the city’s unique neighborhoods are home to an equally diverse collection of shops. Whether you are playing tourist in the trendy South Congress district or venture as far north as the Domain, these are some of the best Austin boutiques for fashion lovers.
Founded in 2014 by North Carolina native Stephanie Beard, Esby Apparel offers quality clothing for men and women with a “menswear mentality.” Drawing inspiration from over ten years of experience as a menswear designer in New York City, Beard’s line focuses on versatility, durability, and comfort. Patterns and natural fabrics of the highest quality are sourced globally, with items designed in Austin and produced in America. Each piece passes through a rigorous design and production process—pre-washed and pre-shrunk so that customers can be confident in knowing their clothes will fit the same way with each wear. Try on items in person at the store’s South First location, set in a converted auto body shop, where the extremely helpful team of ladies are happy to answer all of your questions, or check out one of their stockists nationwide.
Esby Apparel, 1601 S 1st St a, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 243 8901
Kick Pleat is one of the hippest boutiques in Austin and recently re-opened in the heart of town near the Whole Foods global headquarters and one of the city’s busiest intersections. The light, airy interior welcomes pedestrians in off the hot summer streets, inviting shoppers to escape the sun and browse its carefully curated collection. Owner Wendi Koletar blends up-and-coming designers with internationally known brands, offering chic, versatile pieces that customers will be able to wear for years—which you may want to bear in mind when you see the price tags. For the more budget-conscious shopper, Kick Pleat does offer deeply discounted sales throughout the year. Both visually and style-wise, one highlight is the beautiful shoe gallery at the store’s south entrance; a functional work of art, the collection is enough to tempt even the most frugal fashionista.
Kick Pleat, 624 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 445 4500
Kick Pleat’s new location is right across the street from its former home on West 12th Street, now the setting for one of Austin’s most recently debuted boutiques, Good Company. The long-awaited brainchild of local designer Mallary Carroll, this brick-and-mortar store celebrated its grand opening in March 2017. Stunning displays showcase Carroll’s SBJ Austin collection, along with other local and independent apparel, home goods, apothecary items, and jewelry lines. Customers will recognize established brands such as Citizens of Humanity, but they will also discover new designers—all in the same beautiful, approachable space.
Good Company, 918 W 12th St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 520 4402
Nestled in the Rosedale neighborhood of North Austin, Adelante is a breezy, bohemian-inspired shop selling chic women’s apparel, accessories, and home décor. Perfectly situated between the University of Texas at Austin campus and some of the city’s oldest and most charming neighborhoods, the boutique appeals to all ages and style tastes. After studying fashion merchandising at the University of Texas at Austin, Tricia Roberts opened her Austin store to honor the original San Antonio location of Adelante—founded by her mother. According to the website, “Adelante” means “onward” or “forward” in Spanish, which speaks to the Mexico-inspired styles of the store’s dresses, jewelry, and pottery. Every season, the offerings are fresh, fun, and feminine—vintage-inspired but with a modern twist. Check out their Instagram for all the latest styles, but be sure to visit the store to appreciate the lush interior décor by local designer Claire Zinnecker.
Adelante, 1206 W 38th St # 4104, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 452 5322
One of four stores nationwide, Austin’s Beehive Boutique sits in the West Bank Market of the Rollingwood neighborhood. The store features contemporary fashion, with casual clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. The meticulously styled lookbooks online are fresh, polished, and will have you drooling during office hours and ready for your weekend shopping spree. Be sure to join the “Beehive Besties”—a VIP program that provides loyalty points and promotional swag per dollar spent, a birthday discount, and advance notice of new styles and sales.
Beehive Boutique, 3300 Bee Cave Rd #400, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 347 0800
On the opposite side of town, Olive is one of Austin’s newer boutiques, but it is already an East Austin favorite. The space alone is worth visiting, inspired by the colors of Mexico City, the architecture of Luis Barragán, and the Memphis group. Duffy Stone (also behind Esby and Beehive) designed the interior, with fixture design by BVK Design. Per the website, “Olive is a space for discovery and self-expression”—and the interior’s creative energy perfectly reflects its unique, colorful collection of clothes and footwear.
Olive, 1200 E 11th St #104, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 522 9462
Just around the corner from Olive and equally as aesthetically pleasing, Aro is conveniently close to Wright Bros. Brew and Brew, so you can caffeinate before your morning browse. Named after the Aro River in Venezuela, the jewelry and lifestyle concept store brings together independent designers, artisans, and craftsmanship from around the world. The hip boutique focuses on handcrafted jewelry and accessories, plus clothing from independent designers. Check out their blog to stay up to date on in-store events.
Aro, 906 E 5th St #106, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 348 7094
Byron & Blue
“Caffeinate. Shop. Repeat”—that’s the only way to spend your morning on West 5th Street, where the beautiful Byron & Blue plays neighbor to both Aro and Wright Bros. Brew and Brew. Owner Alexia Brown has an eye for feminine, functional styles, and the minimalist shop features everything from home goods, vintage finds, accessories, gifts, and clothing. Alexia models many of the pieces on the group’s Instagram account, and the space doubles as a studio to celebrate local talent through events and pop-ups. Check the “Gallery” tab of their website to learn more about emerging local artists, and follow along on Facebook to stay in touch with the latest sales and events.
Not that all boutiques should be located near an equally chic coffee shop—but shouldn’t they? Grab a coffee from Mañana at the South Congress Hotel, and then head across the way to Sunroom. The bright, luminous space is as cheerful as its name, combining a West Coast-inspired aesthetic with an urban sensibility that flawlessly captures the South Congress vibe. Some of the city’s hippest boutiques call South Congress home, but Sunroom is your go-to for this season’s light summer fabrics, essential accessories, and chic swimwear. Sunroom first opened in 2013, but it moved to its South Congress Hotel setting in 2015, where you can now take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary valet parking.
Sunroom, 1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA, + 1 512 524 2197
Raven + Lily
One of the most inspiring boutiques in Austin is Raven + Lily, created to alleviate poverty among women around the world. With a commitment to handmade, eco-friendly, and fair-trade fashion, this collection celebrates the beauty, culture, and diversity of female artisans. The brand currently helps employ 1,500 marginalized women in nine countries at fair-trade wages, providing access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Browse beautiful clothing for a cause at the flagship store in the Domain, visit the Manor Street gift shop in East Austin, or shop online to read more about their mission and partnerships.
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