Solve the problem of what to wear on game day, stylishly
When Brian Tran, senior film major at the University of Texas, received a call from one of his girl friends about what to wear on a game day, he realized there were few stylish options for women. He recruited his friend and jewelry designer Lauren Craft to help him launch Blake Love, a contemporary womenswear line inspired by Texas Longhorn football.
“Simply put, I wanted to make game day-appropriate wear that didn’t look like game day clothing,” Tran, 21, said in an open letter to his customers.
Blake Love has a capsule collection that includes bow tie shorts, a side-slit keyhole maxi dress and a tunic inspired blouse with a slit back, among other designs. Tran has partnered with University Co-op on Guadalupe Street, where shoppers can purchase Blake Love garments that retail for $85 to $168.
Tran envisions Blake Love shoppers visiting his website, blakelove.com, not only for clothing inspiration but also for blogs about beauty and style. Shoppers will soon be able to buy the fashion-forward game day apparel online, but for now can head to the Drag.
Upholstery shop owner launches book
Upcycle maven Amanda Brown, of local upholstery shop Spruce, will have a book launch party on Oct. 25 for her new book “Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design” ($35) at Mockingbird Domestics. In the book, Brown guides beginners through six upholstery projects that reflect her contemporary style.
Enjoy free Southern food and drinks as well as do-it-yourself crafts from 6-10 p.m at 2151 S. Lamar Blvd. To learn more about her book, visit spruceaustin.com.
Buy a shirt or infant clothes to help local cancer patients
At 23, Rebecca Roberie was diagnosed with Stage III Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It took 12 rounds of chemotherapy and 21 rounds of radiation before her cancer went into remission. Roberie, now owner of Austin Tie Dye Co., wants to help others diagnosed with cancer get through their treatments by raising money for Texas Oncology patients.
During Breast Cancer Awareness month, $5 from the sale of each pink, green and purple spiral tie-dyed T-shirt and $3 from each infant bodysuit will be donated. The specially designed T-shirts ($25) and infant bodysuits ($17) can be purchased online at AustinTieDyeCo.com.
Head out to see remodeled homes
The Austin chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry will showcase 10 local homes that its members transforms. Homes include everything from a 1930s Travis Heights bungalow to a 1980s Cat Mountain house. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 in advance and are online at austinnari.org or at both Breed & Co., 718 W. 29th St. and 3663 Bee Cave Road, and Treehouse, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. You also can get them $25 on the day of the tour at each home. A portion of all ticket sales goes to support Wonders & Worries. Call 512-997-6274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A piece of iconic Austin dangling from your neck
Local jewelry designer Amanda Dimova likes Austin weirdness to reflect in her pieces. Her company, Vinca, has a line of laser cut jewelry featuring designs based on Austin iconography.
She’s turned everything from our beloved bats to the city skyline to the“I love you so much” graffiti at Jo’s Hot Coffee on South Congress into necklaces or earrings. Her Austin-themed jewelry sells for $16-$70. Find her quirky accessories at stores such as Luxe Apothetique, Blue Elephant Boutique and online at vincausa.com.