SXSW Scene: Fashionable Texans Share Their Austin Picks


Erin Wasson and Jane Aldridge

Photos courtesy of Erin Wasson and Getty Images

Erin Wasson and Jane Aldridge.

You've packed your cowboy boots and a backstage pass—but are you really ready to help "Keep Austin Weird" at this year's SXSW? After all, we'd like to think that the birthplace of Tom Ford deserves a bit more attention than some last-minute, see-where-the-after-party-takes-me stopover. And who better to weigh in on Austin's can't-miss attractions than the Lone Star State's most stylish exports? FashionEtc turned to Texans Erin Wasson, Ted Gibson, Blake Mycoskie, and Jane Aldridge for tips on where to shop, eat, and get your avocado margarita on in the Live Music Capital. Have fun, y'all.

Erin Wasson, model and jewelry designer:

"Laced With Romance Vintage on South First Street, East Side Show Room on Sixth Street for a drink, Elizabeth Street Cafe for amazing light and yummy food on South First, the clam pizza at Home Slice on South Congress, avocado margaritas at Curra's on East Oltorf Street, and Mercury Design Studio on Second Street downtown ... and of course, Barton Springs! Afternoon cocktails at Perla's on South congress, Broken Spoke on Lamar for a proper country two-step, Swan Dive downtown for a mellow cocktail and live music, Uchi Sushi for the best sushi in the world, Friends of Sound record shop off of South Congress--great cheap finds in the back room. I could keep going, but I won't. Oh! Wait! Justine's as well for ratatouille and amazing French fries!"

Jane Aldridge, Sea of Shoes blogger and Barneys New York campaign star:

"The girls at Feathers do such an amazing job with their selection and merchandising. Style Station [is such] a trip! Great Levi's and vintage t-shirts. My friend has been telling me about Las Cruxes, which has opened recently and I cannot wait to check them out! Laced With Romance has just opened a location in Austin too and their store is awesome. I love stopping into the Woodland Cafe for a slice of their amazing pie after a long day on South Congress. It reminds me of Twin Peaks. Of course, the micheladas at Hotel San Jose are unbeatable too."

Ted Gibson and Blake Mycoskie

Photos courtesy of Ted Gibson Beauty and Getty Images

Ted Gibson and Blake Mycoskie.


Ted Gibson, celebrity hairstylist:

Favorite Salon: Ron King Salon

Favorite Tex-Mex Restaurant: Vivo

Favorite BBQ: Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ

Favorite Watering Hole: Barton Springs and Hippie Hollow

Favorite Scene: Bats over Lady Bird Lake on Colorado River

Favorite Pancakes: Magnolia Café


Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms Shoes:

"Perla's in South Congress [is a] great seafood restaurant--you have to try the fish tacos and oysters. Vintage shopping on Lamar Boulevard. Elizabeth Street Cafe on South First Street, a great French-Vietnamese restaurant."

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