Hunting season has begun, temperatures are dropping (slightly), and football is constantly on the TV. It’s officially fall, and with each new season, I am sharing my style essentials (see How to Survive the Texas Summer in Style for our first guide). With this collection of goods, we focused on everything you need to take with you from the field to a feast.
48-Hour Duffel Bag
Old Enfield Supply
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Elliott Weeks, a veteran in the Marine Corps who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, began his sewing career in Austin on an industrial sewing machine, learning the craft from his mother and grandmother. A few years later, his new hobby turned into his rugged brand, Old Enfield Supply, which handcrafts backpacks and duffel bags like this one that was just made for a weekend getaway.
Austin-based ceramicist Samantha Heligman’s line of organic white and blue pieces are some of my favorite gifts to give to close friends on special occasions. One of her latest creations, this cute oil dispenser will be my go-to hostess present during the holiday season.
This Howler Brothers snapback hat from our summer collection has become one of my weekend staples, and I love everything from this Austin-based outdoorsy-with-panache line—have you seen their recently unveiled Austin City Limits capsule collection? This jacket in green and black is lightweight and perfect for fall layering.
Enamel Carabiner Flask
Foster & Rye
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End a day at the campsite with a single malt from Waco’s Balcones Distilling that you shepherded up the trail in this handy, speckled enamel vessel, which can clip on to your pack.
Cacti Table Runner
Coral & Tusk
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Wyoming artist Stephanie Housley turned her whimsical illustrations into embroidered designs that adorn pillows, fabric, and more. Her Cacti table runner and corresponding napkins will be setting the tone for this year’s Thanksgiving table and will inspire future West Texas escapes.
“The Bandera” Hunting Knife
Harrison Custom Knives
Starting at $325
Dan Harrison, of Ben Wheeler, Texas, has been making his handsome hunting knives for almost seventy years. His little shop, Harrison & Son Knifesmith, which is housed in a log cabin, is worth a visit. The knives, including one of his most popular, “The Bandera,” can be fully customized.
Shelter Co. Huckleberry Tent
Without fail, we can always find the right gift for anyone on our list at one of the expertly curated Texas hotel shops from the Bunkhouse Group. This canvas looker will elevate any camping experience, bringing the magic of Marfa’s El Cosmico to wherever you are.
White Fish Embroidered Hat
Fly-fishing on the Llano River, or on the dock at the lake on the farm—this simple, but stylish lid, from Houston’s Manready Mercantile, is the right fashion companion.
The Starter Kit
Made In Cookware
The guys behind Made In are making cooking more approachable with affordable kitchen essentials and by literally spicing things up with artist collaborations, like this one with Texan Will Bryant. The Starter Kit is made up of their three most popular pieces in an easy-to-use (and stack) bundle.
Sitka Ballistic Vest
Gordy & Sons
The sprawling 11,000-square-foot Houston store Gordy & Sons is a hunter’s dream, with rows of high-end guns, rare and state-of-the-art, all displayed in what feels more like an upscale hunting lodge than a showroom. The Sitka Ballistic Vest, one of many dapper apparel offerings, is durable, water-resistant, and made for the field.
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We searched high and low for a durable Texas flag to adorn our walls, and we found it with Houston’s Manready Mercantile. The hand-stamped flags include brass eyelets and can be hung indoors or outside.
Essential Serving Bowl
Add this classic serving piece to your hosting repertoire. It was handmade in Austin by potter Keith Kreeger, who outfits many restaurants with his clean and simple designs.
This apron, built for the workshop or the kitchen, was designed with the crafty maker in mind by Cheryl Schulke, who started Stash in Sealy and opened an inviting shop in Round Top last year.
We love the different spin on ceramics that University of Texas grad Eliana Bernard brings to ceramics. Her glamorous pieces feel more like jewelry than a serving piece. This footed bowl in black or teal makes for a stunning centerpiece.
The Transpecos Spread Eagle Patch
Fort Lonesome’s Spread Eagle Patch, made in honor of the popular September music festival in the desert, is just waiting to adorn the back the your favorite denim jacket.
Texas Monthly serves its readers with occasional product roundups reported by Senior Editor Lauren Smith Ford. After she makes her picks, the Texas Monthly General Store acquires some of the items for its inventory. For your convenience, we’ve provided links to the store where applicable. For the other stuff, the links go directly to the retailer. We sometimes make a commission from sales that occur from those links.