City Shopping Guide: Austin

From Music City to the LIVE Music Capital of the World, it's evident that Southern Hospitality and music are two key factors to making the Top 15 US Destinations for 2012.

The more we learned about this boot and buckle town from our expert Style Guides, we knew that an annual trip to SXSW might not be enough to soak in the shopping and nightlife. That's why we recruited girl-on-the-go Deana Saukam of East Side King, Lollapalooza & ACL marketing guru Lisa Hickey of C3 Presents, man about town Caleb Charles Campaigne of W Austin and design darling Claire Marie Zinnecker of One Eleven Design. So, stop, look, listen and follow the leaders to an amazing time in Austin!

Name: Deana Saukam
Occupation: East Side King Director of Events, Social Media, and PR
Neighborhood: Downtown

Describe your personal style.
Chic Fun

Describe Austin’s overall style.
Laid back and hip

Which item(s) must visitors pack when heading to Austin? 
Sandals, Boots (any kind), Nike Cole Hahn Lunar Glides, APC wedges, Vince and T by Alexander Wang tops and tanks, Rag and Bone skinny jeans and shorts, Mara Hoffman swimwear and cover ups, Wildfox Tees, Sunglasses

Can’t forget about boots! Best pair? 
It's a toss-up between my Joie Garth boots and my Rag and Bone Newberry Boots...

Must shop boutique(s)? 
For Women: Girl Next DoorEtcetera EtcKick PleatMossEstiloPlain Ivey JaneRoss Bennett Collection
For Men: ServiceStagBy GeorgeHelm Handmade Boots

Best place to eat? 
Uchiko & East Side King!

Other favorites? 
Barley SwineSecond Bar + KitchenLa CondesaOlive & JuneJustine'sSwift's Attic

Best night scene to show off your Austin style? 
Start on 2nd Street Downtown and end up on the East Side (East of I-35)

Perfect night?
Start off with cocktails and bites at La Condesa, Lamberts, the W, or Second/Bar Congress before catching a show or private taping at ACL Live. Afterwards, stop by the post-show after party upstairs before making my way over Shangri-la, the Liberty, and the Grackle on Austin's East Side.

Any up and coming designer(s) that has caught your eye? 
Not sure if these qualify as new and upcoming, but I am loving Mason by Michelle Mason, Mara Hoffman, and the Ross Bennett Collection

Name: Lisa Hickey
Occupation: Festival Marketing Director at C3 Presents
Neighborhood: Clarksville / Old Enfield

Describe your personal style. 
Feminine – mostly classic, timeless pieces, fun summery dresses (it gets hot here!), and anything that goes with my beat-up old Frye boots

Describe Austin’s overall style.
CASUAL. Flip flops are welcome at just about any restaurant in town. Austin’s a very laid back and creative city so another way to describe the style is Bohemian.

Which item(s) must visitors pack when heading to Austin?
Bring a swimsuit. Most days are sunny and warm so a dip at Barton Springs is usually in order. Other than that, just pack some cute dresses, sandals and some funky accessories. The funkier, the better. 

Can’t forget about boots! Best pair? 
I like Frye boots, but if you can find an old pair of vintage boots… SCORE!

Must shop boutique(s)?
Anywhere in the Second Street District. I always get into trouble there. By George at 6th and Lamar has the best selection of designer pieces. You can do some damage in that store. 

Best place to eat?  
Uchi or Uchiko! Best sushi in the US! Who would’ve thought?

Best night scene to show off your Austin style?
A weekend at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and after parties around town.

Name: Caleb Charles Campaigne
Occupation: W Austin Insider
Neighborhood: Downtown

Describe your personal style.
Channeling JR Ewing with a nod to Donald Judd

Describe Austin’s overall style.
This is tough because you there are Diplomats, Rockers, Techies, and Hippies. There is a good mix of people in Austin. I guess I would say Casual Chic.

Which item(s) must visitors pack when heading to Austin? 
Sexy swimsuit and an open mind

Can’t forget about boots! Best pair? 
Shark Skin Boots with a Snake emossed on the side from Heritage Boots

Must shop boutique(s)? 
UnCommon ObjectsBootlegStagEstilloBy George

Best place to eat? 
Austin is a foodie City... Breakfast: TRACE; Lunch: Ranch 616, Interior; Mexican: Fonda San Miguel; Barbecue: Lambert's Downtown Barbecue; Sushi: Uchiko; Bar Food: East Side King; Vietnamese: Elizabeth Street Bakery

Best night scene to show off your Austin style? 
ACL Music Festival, Stubb's, ACL Live! at Moody Theater, Justine's Brasserie, Midnight Cowboy, Mohawk, and W Austin (obviously!)

Any up and coming designer(s) that has caught your eye? 
Edith Palm and The Hellers

(Photo credit: Tyler Gros)

Name: Claire Marie Zinnecker
Occupation: Associate Interior Designer, One Eleven Design (better known as Joel Mozersky Design), Contributor of the series, Transformed, for Camille Styles
Neighborhood: Hyde Park

Describe your personal style.
A mix of old and new, neutrals with accents of color, comfortable, eclectic, I love to mix and match my clothes to expand my wardrobe

Describe Austin’s overall style.
There is none! That's one of my favorite things about this city. You can go to dinner and sit by someone in sequins and heels and across from someone in blue jeans and boots. People are true to themselves and I love it.

Which item(s) must visitors pack when heading to Austin? 
Swimsuit (we have so many great swimming spots: greenbelt, Barton Springs, Town Lake, Lake Austin), tennis shoes (Austin is an incredibly active city: again the greenbelt & Town Lake have great hiking/walking areas), a sundress (because you can pretty much wear it anywhere in Austin and fit in), and a voracious appetite!

Can’t forget about boots! Best pair?
Oh man, tie between my vintage cowboy boots (purchased the first week I started at UT (University of Texas) from Cream Vintage for $30. I get so many compliments on this great find. Or my Frye Melissa Button in Cognac Extended Soft Vintage Leather. I wear them all the time.

Must shop boutique(s)? 
FeathersMossPlain Ivey JaneBee HiveBlackmailSolid Gold, and Stag (it's a men's clothing store but I love their t-shirts & accessories for myself!)

Best place to eat? 
Breakfast/Brunch: Hillside Farmacy/East Side Cafe; Lunch: Food Heads/Madam Mams; Dinner: La Condesa/Justine's/Uchiko (so hard to decide, SO much delicious food)

Best night scene to show off your Austin style? 
Love all the spots on the East Side (east 5th  St.& 6th St.) it's relaxed, original, & artistic. GREAT people watching plus they have the option to sit back and relax, dance the night away, or enjoy some live music.

Any up and coming designer(s) that has caught your eye? 
Palomarie is my current jewelry obsession! Affordable and completely original. Austin is a great place to get your design feet wet, I am surrounded by amazing & talented artistic individuals (too many to name), collaboration & versatility is a constant in my life. Oh I also love rifle+radford jewelry in New York! Melanie is an up and coming designer.

City Shopping Guide:

The Girl Next Door
250 W. 2nd street
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 322-0501

Etcetera Etc
411 W. 2nd Street
Austin, TX, 78701
(512) 476-8300

705 B S. Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-9961

PLAIN Ivey Jane
408 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 377-6196

1400 S. Congress Ave. #A160
Austin TX 78704
(512) 447-7600

1423 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 373-7824

By George
1400 S. Congress
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-8600

Helm Handmade Boots
4704 A E. Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 609-8150

Uncommon Objects
1512 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-4000

Bootleg (So COOL! It's a Mobile Shop)
1318 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX
(646) 269-1316

1700 S. Congress Avenue 
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 912-9779

Bee Hive
3300 Bee Cave Rd.
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
(512) 347-0800

Black Mail
1202 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-7670

Solid Gold
1601 E. 5th Street
Austin, TX, 78702
(512) 473-2730