SXSW is on the horizon and we know you are already dusting off your favorite boots. So, if you are heading to Austin for the music or just ready to ride the wave of energy in the city, we put together this list of brands and makers you should check out while you are there.
Justin “Raif” Raiford grew up traveling the world with his family where he got to experience many different cultures, cuisines and landscapes. Living in different countries Raif's mother often times had to make things from scratch that they couldn’t get such as clothing, crafts and other comforts that reminded them of home. This always interested Raif and a passion for how things worked and how they were made was born. His passion for knowledge lead him to culinary arts school where he found himself researching ingredients and where they were from. As a chef his passion for ingredients greatly influenced his dishes and what he created in the kitchen. With success in the culinary arts field he started to research the ingredients in everyday products. Wanting a simple more natural product he started to create his own products that looked visually pleasing and had benefits for the skin, hair and body.
The Good Hippie
The Good Hippie™ is a small-batch, natural, artisan line of skincare + beauty, handcrafted in Austin, Texas. They believe the ritual of the bath and daily skincare routine should be a time of indulgence. A time to breathe deeply, and nurture the body and mind.
They know that real ingredients produce real results. It is with this intention that they source the highest quality, therapeutic-grade, freshest, most vibrant gifts of the Earth to inspire their products.
Their formulas are concentrated, containing only ingredients that have been carefully selected for their beneficial properties and ability to enhance, nourish, and protect.
Fortitude Provisions was established in 2014 by Ray Delgadillo, a multi-disciplinary designer obsessed with the olfactory experience. After reading Mandy Aftel‘s Essence and Alchemy, Ray started collecting hundreds of raw materials and aroma chemicals to compose fragrances for himself. This process triggered a paradigm shift in Ray’s life, viewing scent as a fundamental part of living, and disregarding the accepted standards of commercial perfumery.
Humble Goods is located in Austin, Texas providing Handcrafted Leather Goods. The company was started by Andrew Soderlind in early 2014 with the goal to provide quality goods with simple styling, yet made to last.
Much thought goes into every aspect of the company. Having a distinct vision in mind to start with high quality materials sourced from the U.S. in effort to put out the best end product. Humble Goods is dedicated to finding the highest quality and ethically made materials as local as possible.
Michelle Simmons is the co-founder of Slow North, a small-batch, all-natural candle and home goods maker. Michelle and her husband, Jonathan, created their first candles as the solution to an unsuccessful search for clean and healthy products. Prior to starting Slow North, Michelle studied entrepreneurship and worked in sales. While Michelle was pregnant with their son, the need for safe alternatives settled at the forefront of her mind; and from that focus a company was born. Michelle continues to expand the business and plans to turn this backyard operation into a full artisan-focused storefront with a retail shop that just opened in August!
Shop Slow North in the Makers Workshop store