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Boutique Spotlight: For The Love of Parts & Labour

We feel so lucky to have had this chat with Lizelle Villapando of Parts & Labour (1117 S. Congress Ave.), at such a pivotal moment for the business. Lizelle’s artful and happy space is a staple of the South Congress shopping district here in Austin. Now after 13 years in their storefront, P&L are moving to a to-be-determined new location in January. All are invited to come celebrate the transition at their party this Friday, December 2 with fundraising fun, drinks, art sale and a DJ. Claire Sommers Buck: Tell us a bit about your background & how you got started doing what you’re doing. Lizelle Villapando: Hmmm... As for my "background," I studied photography and my business partner, Talena,...

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New Lanna Collection: Thai Adventure Meets Everyday

With the end of summer comes reflection on the idea of "getting back to real life" and out of a vacation mindset. Since each of my collections is inspired by a place I've traveled, sometimes I am lucky enough to go on a vacation and call it work. But when I come home, I design jewelry for the everyday.  I went to Thailand to visit friends who were teaching there. We took scooters to the beach and stayed at a national park that happens to be an island. We rode a long-tail boat, snorkeled and camped in hammocks - didn't even have a tent, and woke up to the ocean. The next stop was a cave lodge and hostel in Chiang Mai. That triangle piece shown above came...

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Renegade Craft Fair Austin

Join in the fun this weekend at the Renegade Craft Fair! It's that time of the year again for one of the BEST handmade markets around, the Renegade Craft Fair! I have had the pleasure of participating in several of these fairs and just love the energy & creativity that each participant brings. A good friend of mine, Gopi Shah puts together a list of her favorite Renegade makers each time she does these shows (they have them all over the country) and I just love her shout outs so much that I have decided to give some love to the great people I met last fall at Renegade. Stay tuned for a list of folks I am destined to...

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