1522 S. Congress Ave., South Congress
While Allen's could be considered a bit touristy (you'll know it from the enormous red cowboy boot affixed to the front awning), there's nothing more fun than perusing their shelves, which are jam-packed with every style of boot imaginable. If you do decide to invest, they stock everything from shiny black Luccheses to Fryes with red leather and white stitching.
1614 Westheimer Rd., Montrose
Biscuit is primarily known for designer Bailey Quin's quirky, colorful bedding collection, which incorporates everything from cactuses to arrows to astrology into sweet, soft-as-butter sheets and duvets. Their Houston shop also has the best hostess gifts—the store's vignettes are scattered with cool coffee table books, candles, trays, and bar accessories. There are always great little knick-knacks, too, like pineapple-shaped golden shot glasses, tin recipe boxes, and embroidered cocktail napkins.
524 North Lamar Blvd., Clarksville
ByGeorge opened in Austin 1979 but in 2015 the clothing and home store came under new ownership—it's now helmed by Austin restaurateur Larry McGuire (of Josephine House, among others), and TENOVERSIX's Kristen Cole serves as creative director. There are two locations in Austin: The Clarksville ByGeorge actually combines two shops next door to one another—a women's store and a men's store. On the women's side, you'll find designers like Chloé, Marni, Yves Saint Laurent, and a good selection of bags and shoes; and on the men's, Brunello Cucinelli, Common Projects, and Levi's Vintage. The South Congress store carries clothing as well (A.P.C., FRAME, Outdoor Voices, Jenni Kayne, and more), but it's also known for it's home goods and decor, furniture, ceramics, books, and great gift-y items.
1400 S. Congress Ave., South Congress
ByGeorge opened in Austin 1979 but in 2015 the clothing and home store came under new ownership—it's now helmed by Austin restaurateur Larry McGuire (of Josephine House, among others), and TENOVERSIX's Kristen Cole, who serves as creative director. There are two locations in Austin: The Clarksville ByGeorge actually combines two shops next door to one another—a women's store and a men's store. On the women's side, you'll find designers like Chloé, Marni, Saint Laurent, and a good selection of bags and shoes; and on the men's, Brunello Cucinelli, Common Projects, and Levi's Vintage. The South Congress store carries clothing as well (A.P.C., FRAME, Outdoor Voices, Jenni Kayne, and more), but it's also known for its home goods and decor, furniture, ceramics, books, and great gift-y items.
4711 W. Lovers Lane, Bluffview
This store was once literally housed in cabana on owner Merry Vose's property. However, when her covert, by-appointment operation was shut down by the city, she took her fanbase to Lovers Lane. It's equally easy to miss there, which only adds to the allure and sense of discovery upon spotting the unmarked, lavender door. The same mix of pretty, affordable, labels—MiH, Monrow, Steven Alan, Nili Lotan—abounds. Merry has since opened a bigger sister store, Canary.
4609 West Lovers Ln., University Park
Merry Vose’s Cabana is a siren song in Dallas for all the women who love pretty, easily wearable labels, and so in response, she opened up Canary—a bigger, splashier store just down the street. The space is equally homey, and filled with a mix of lesser-known finds like Christian Wijnants, SEA New York, and Each x Other.
8300 Preston Rd., University Park
At first glance, this looks like it’s solely devoted to evening wear—and evening wear is its mainstay. But these aren’t your average cocktail dresses: Mary Katrantzou, Chloe, and Balenciaga all line the racks, along with Pierre Hardy shoes and a smattering of jewels.
Cebolla Fine Flowers
4415 Lovers Lane, University Park
Cebolla Fine Flowers is owned by couple and business partners Luit and Jamie Huizenga, who have been running the business since shortly after Luit emigrated from Holland in the '80s. Their state-of-the-art warehouse (where they also live with their daughter) is equipped with geothermal heating, which keeps the countless orchid plants healthy year-round. In the summer months, they actually offer monarch butterfly chrysalises, which eventually hatch and fly away. If you can't make it to their shop on Lover's Lane, they deliver to almost every neighborhood in the city.
Ceylon et Cie
1319 Dragon St., Arts District
Michelle Nussbaumer, the interior designer we collaborated with on the goop pop-up, has a not-to-be-missed showroom of her own. The best part is that it is literally packed to the gills, which makes it feel like an amazing treasure hunt. Nussbaumer has nailed a distinctly Texan brand of luxury: You’ll find an eclectic mix of antiques of all ages and styles (her 18th century French tabletop is particularly great), sitting next to African and Middle Eastern tribal relics, Mid-Century modern furniture, and Michelle’s own line of contemporary designs. Anyone in the market for top-quality antiques, including copious varieties of porcelain Chinoiserie, would want to move in here.
1318 S. Congress Ave., South Congress
Just a stone’s throw from Hotel San Jose, the sprawling two-story Cove is a new kid on a much-loved block of South Congress. Here, University of Texas alum Rebecca Yanoff assembles a roster of brands “Austin women like to wear,” including Rebecca Taylor, Mara Hoffman, Sundry, and Current/Elliot in a light-filled setting accented with palm leaves. A highlight: there’s a wraparound patio with white mid-century Acapulco chairs so shoppers can socialize between fitting room deliberations.
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