Thank you to all the vendors, sponsors, and patrons who contributed to this amazing day. Here's just a small sampling of all it had to offer.
We can't wait for the next one :)
You can find our full roster of Spring vendors here.
See you in the Fall!
FELIZ was Sunday and the dust has settled. What's left but to gush about all of our finds? Below, the women of FELIZ are sharing what they picked up and what's still on their minds.
Boyd's Green Vetiver - I've been thinking about it since last FELIZ.
The incredible Miranda Bennett Wrap Top. This edition is ending soon so I'm glad I got this dreamy pomegranate-derived green before it's gone. But what's next?
High Sun Low Moon's Golden Oil. It has gold mica in it which is a perfect update to the suntan oil with actual glitter in it I had as a kid.
A colorful mug from Hallie at She Ceramics
A "Strong Female Lead" T-shirt from the ladies at REALM.
Both pieces are playful, which I think holistically characterizes this Spring's vendor roster.
I'm still thinking about Unravel Co. because those bags are damn charming + ethically made + the brand is singular in focus.
Did something at the sale catch your eye? Post a pic and tag it with #FELIZsale.
Thanks for coming out!
Thank you for bringing Esby back for another FELIZ. It's been a big year for you already. During SXSW you debuted your 10th collection! Congrats! And you did it by throwing a weekends worth of exciting events you called Esby Fest. Can you tell us how this event came to be? Did you always have a plan to launch your 10th collection in this way?
One of our favorite 3rd party vendors - Krewe, a brand we carry in our store - invited us to New Orleans last year for an informative weekend and brand emersion experience. We got to mingle with other shop owners, have a private buying appointment, and experience how they see their brand in it’s home of New Orleans. The 8 hour drive home got me thinking that we could do something similar! We usually show our upcoming collection during market week in NYC, in the blur of fashion week and surrounded by hundreds of other brands. While the energy is undeniable and inspiring, it’s truly exhausting and overwhelming as a buyer. This hometown experience felt like the perfect way to celebrate our 10th collection and get everyone in Austin instead.
Can you walk us through a recap of that week? What all did you have planned?
We started the 3 day event off strong with our first runway show, followed by a beautiful dinner. With plenty of free time during the day for our out of towners to explore, we invited everyone to the South Congress Hotel for a little live music and dessert. Our final day we had a special small business Q&A panel and then finished the day with a final happy hour at Hotel San Jose.
Will Esby Fest be back for another year? What was your strongest take away from the week post SXSW?
We will definitely have another #esbyfest next year! and our strongest takeaway is that we will likely back up our esby fest to right before SXSW next year (and get more out-of-towners to stay and just flow straight into the madness with no break. :)
See more images from esby fest here.
AND we'd love to know from a veteran FELIZ vendor, what do you love about FELIZ, as a vendor and/or shopper?
Feliz is a one stop shop for all of my favorite local vendors and the energy is great! You get to catch up with friends, explore new brands as well as new product - all under one roof. And with it being just before Mother’s day - it’s the perfect spot to shop for all those mamas in our lives.
Shop Esby's 10th collection in person at FELIZ. From 11am - 6pm this Sunday (May 6th) at the Palm Door on Sabine.
Hey Murphy is the jewelry line of FELIZ team member Sarah Murphy. She's a veteran FELIZ vendor and now a force behind the sale. When she isn't working hard on her own line, or at her day job at Bell & Bird, she's usually on the road with her husband and two dogs, or traveling abroad.
Following your instagram has the FELIZ team full of envy seeing your travel photography. Why is travel so important to you?
Haha, well there are a few factors. My family lives on the East Coast and my husband's family lives on the West Coast. Some of the closest people in my life live far away, so I make it a priority to either visit them or travel with them.
When I'm in Austin there's always something I need to work on. I work full time as a media manager, I also design and fabricate Hey Murphy, and co-organize FELIZ. You could say I work a lot (which I love!), but when I travel I'm able to disconnect and relax. It took some time, but I've figured out a balance of what makes me happy.
How does it inform your work and/or studio practice?
If you don't know me that well, I work a lot. During Feliz or production season, I'm usually working 7 days a week. So I find myself traveling at the end of a big season and in need of a break. I think of it more as an opportunity to reset and reflect on my goals.
The weekend after FELIZ, I'm heading to my friend's farm outside of Austin to decompress.
Can you share some of your favorite photos from your most favorite trips?
There are too many to pick from, but here are a few from my travels from last year.
Find Sarah tomorrow at the Palm Door on Sabine St. She'll either be selling you jewels at the Hey Murphy booth or picking up trash and answering your questions as a FELIZ team member ~ like a boss.
See you at the sale! 11am- 6pm
In case you hadn't heard, Mother's Day is a week after FELIZ (May 13). Don't sweat yet, we are here to help inspire ideas for gifts for Mom, all available at the sale this Sunday. Here are a few of our picks from the vendor line-up. *It was a tough task
There's much, much more to be discovered this Sunday at the Palm Door on Sabine Street.
We'll see you at the sale! 11am - 6pm.