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These Texas designers offer goods made in America
Made In Texas
Not much in the way of fashion is made in the USA anymore, but these Texas designers are bringing back Americana with a patriotic spirit and independent streak.
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Mexico City native Mario Guajardo is one of the most stylish men in San Antonio, and at Richter Goods, he's reinventing cowboy clothing for modern men. Guajardo's team of local seamstresses hand-stitches each pair of jeans and signature Western shirts with specialty fabrics sourced from as far away as Japan. You can stop by the workshop at Broadway News in San Antonio (located in a former 1960s diner) and pick out fabric and buttons for a made-to-measure shirt as well. Ladies, don't despair – Guajardo has a women's line debuting soon.
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Bexar Goods Co.
Durable, simple and timeless leather goods are the name of the game for Bexar Goods. All of their wallets, satchels, watch straps and dry goods are made by a small team of craftsmen in a historic factory in San Antonio. The English bridle leather they use from Wickett & Craig tannery has a rich patina that only gets better with age. This past year, they even designed a limited collection of wallets and merchandise for the San Antonio Spurs.
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The light summer men's shirts that Caroline Matthews specializes in at Dos Carolinas are inspired by the folk traditions of Cuba and the Yucatán. The classic style is made of linen or cotton, with two vertical rows of pleats running up the front and back, four front pockets and pin-tucked borders. All the shirts are created in San Antonio and you can visit their boutique in the Pearl District. Dos Carolinas even designed exclusive bathrobes for Hotel Emma, San Antonio's chicest hotel.
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Paris Hatters is the oldest surviving retailer in downtown San Antonio, making custom cowboy hats since 1917 for everyone from Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Paul McCartney to Pope John Paul II. The custom Stetson hats are all made in Garland, Texas and not much has changed over the years. Hatter Abe Cortez and his family even use the same cash register from 1930.
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W Durable Goods
W Durable Goods produces handmade goods from vintage materials dating back to WWII in Fort Worth, Texas. Everything they sell is hand-cut and sewn by Daniel Wright and his team right there in the store. Merchandise includes duffel bags, accessory bags, dopp kits, travel totes and more. Daniel chain stitches apparel for many musicians statewide, including a jacket for Grammy Award-winning artist Leon Bridges for Fortress Festival.
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Project Runway season 2 winner Chloe Dao immigrated from Laos to the United States as a kid and studied pattern making at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her eponymous fashion line is designed and made in Houston, and she's best known for accessible high-fashion styles and figure-flattering dresses.
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Onyii & Co.
The bold yet feminine prints by Onyii & Co. inspire confidence and a fun-loving spirit. Founder Onyii Brown started her brand in Houston in 2013, producing high-quality cotton and linen garments. Her signature wrap dresses, high-waist pants, crop tops and kimono jackets are easy to mix and match for a vibrant wardrobe.
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The hand-spun rope jewelry by Tula Blue is inspired by Polynesian hand-carved bone and pearl pendant jewelry, but with a Texas twist. Owner Heather Stringer says that her pretty jewelry is waterproof, kid-proof and life-proof. Plus, all the pieces are made by moms.
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Every Travis Austin leather jacket, vintage band shirt, wide-brim hat and denim vest is custom-made, approached like a work of art with the goal of preserving rock 'n' roll culture through fashion. Pieces pay tribute to artists like Lil Peep and the tragic love story of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.
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Designer Abi Ferrin is one of Texas' top designers, with a flagship boutique in Dallas, although her dresses, chic pant sets and cashmere wraps are available in exclusive boutiques and resorts globally. The structured flow of her garments is known for flattering all shapes and sizes.
Amber Gibson spends 350 nights a year in hotels searching for the latest and greatest in the travel industry. Her writing and photographs have appeared in print, online, and on the radio for outlets including Forbes, National Geographic Traveler, Departures, Four Seasons Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller, NPR, Saveur, Departures, Rhapsody, Hemispheres, American Way, Private Air, and Serious Eats.
She graduated as valedictorian from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and received a fellowship to attend the 2017 Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowood Napa Valley. Champagne, dark chocolate and gelato are her biggest weaknesses.