If in Austin — get thee to Michelle Teague’s indefatigably chic JM Drygoods.
Like any store worth its salt, Michelle’s outpost is a genuine and authentic reflection of a life lived well.
I entered on a late afternoon in November to find Michelle reclining contentedly in a wide-brimmed fedora and a white t-shirt, perched atop one of those fantastic Garza chairs. The store was empty except for myself, so I shopped in silence, letting her admire the long shadows of the late-afternoon as they bathed the store in a soft siesta of light without interruption.
Culled from frequent buying trips to Oaxaca, Michelle’s collection of breezy embroidered tops and stunning Mexican caftans are truly lovely. With the addition of Spartan, the result is a well-rounded selection of clothing and wares that complement any adobe-inspired abode.
Before available only to fellow Southwestern bohèmes via her brick and mortar, Michelle’s brand of minimal Mexican romanticism will soon be available in a big way at select Madewell stores this spring. A capsule collection of blouses — made by hand in the traditional Oaxacan fashion by artisans in San Vicente Coatlán — has been set for release late spring/early summer.
Another Texas favorite by far, is the work of Jamey and Constance Garza. Their line of saddle leather furniture made by hand in the trans-pecos region of West Texas began with the renovation of Liz Lambert’s Hotel San Jose, when Jamey was commissioned to create the minimal and luxe furnishings for the intrepid hotelier’s latest service industry venture.
photos of garza furniture ℅ their website