The Made in Texas Gift Guide: For the Urban Scenester
Everything that the loft-dwelling, coffee-loving speaker snob could ever want or imagine.
When you’re selecting something for a true urbanite, think edgy, cool, and unexpected. Whether they receive a nautical wall clock for their industrial condo or a sixties-inspired skateboard to take them from work to happy hour, creative types know how to appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry behind a gift. They are the aficionados of life, after all.
Our Made in Texas Gift Guide appeared in the December 2017 issue of Texas Monthly.
Handmade Blue Splatter Paint Coffee Mug
Box Sparrow Studio • $42
Houston ceramicist Abbie Preston marries the organic with the glam in these handmade coffee mugs featuring a handle painted with a 24-karat gold luster. In addition to the blue-and-white splatter style, the mugs also come in a deep blue color. Buy Now.
Side Project Skateboards • $395
Jake Eshelman takes inspiration for his skateboards from the sixties, when kids made boards out of roller skate wheels and scrap wood. His handcrafted cruisers are more refined, mixing woods such as cherry and walnut and showing their natural grain. Buy Now.
Oscar Wall Clock
Son of a Sailor • $75
Husband-and-wife team William and Jessica Knopp of Son of a Sailor offer a vast array of products, from apothecary to home décor accessories like this walnut wall clock. Inspired by Knopp’s time in the Navy, the design feels nautical and mid-century with brass geometric hands. Buy Now.
Austin Motel Scarf
ELOI • $50
Paige Russell’s process begins by cutting shapes out of construction paper, which she then pieces together to create vibrant designs that are printed onto silk fabrics. The Austin Motel scarf was created in collaboration with the Bunkhouse Group, which creates cleverly curated stores for each of its hotels, including this Austin landmark. Buy Now.
Blush Crossbody Bag
Julia Gabriel Studio • $275
Handbag designer Julia Gabriel takes inspiration from architectural and mathematical principles when it comes to envisioning her geometric bags. Every bag is handmade in Houston, where she was an artist in residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft last year. Buy Now.
The Dirty Dilla Ring
Molly Sharp Jewelry • $200
“I’ll never forget the first armadillo I saw up close,” says Dallas designer Molly Sharp. “Its detailed armor took my breath away.” Like this sterling silver armadillo ring, every hand-carved piece in her As Big as Texas collection was inspired by indigenous Texas animals and plants. Buy Now.
Petrified Design • $520
Created by Austin-based design duo Tyson Pendergrass and Gable Bostic, this angular patio lounger at once evokes vintage Texana and mid-century modernism, as does much of the studio’s work. The Nodo comes in several bright hues and a repeating pattern of either circles or triangles. Buy Now.
Prada Marfa Sketch
Jessica Fontenot • From $55
Starting in April 2016, Austin artist and designer Jessica Fontenot spent a year drawing a different building every day, focusing on structures in Austin as well as other places she traveled to during that time. She brings each one to life with rich details and shadowing. The Prada Marfa drawing is one of three limited-edition pieces she created exclusively for the Texas Monthly General Store as part of the new Texas print collection. Buy Now.
Art Print of “I Want it All” Tapestry
Lauren Williams Art • From $90
Dallas artist Lauren Williams creates one-of-a-kind dip-dyed tapestries, called Canvas With Movement, that are inspired by nature. Thanks to Williams’s more than 80,000 Instagram followers, new collections quickly sell out, but you can buy prints of her work. Buy Now.
1.618 Designworks • $850
John Johnston started building audio equipment as a hobby in his teens and turned it into a business (named for the golden ratio) almost three years ago, after dabbling in other careers. These navy showstoppers, made in Houston with hand tools and finished with seven coats of paint and hours of hand buffing, deliver natural-sounding audio in a uniquely beautiful box. Buy Now.
Te Amo Vaquero Print
Snake Hawk Press • $40
Cruz Ortiz transformed a former train station on San Antonio’s South Side into a compound where he lives, paints, and runs a design and branding business, Snake Hawk Press. The Vaquero is one of several special-edition hand-pulled prints inspired by the cross-cultural city he loves. Buy Now.