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Supporting local businesses is always a good thing, and this little store, nestled in south Austin, should be no exception. As with virtually all of the businesses in popular parts of this city, Secret Oktober is tightly packed in small quarters. Yet, unlike the majority of these businesses, the shop packs a punch with a non-mainstream inventory (Steampunk goggles, Victorian-style chokers, and Men's platform boots to name a few). Everything is also neatly organized and nicely labeled. Be sure not to miss the clearance rack outside of the store.
It is obvious Amelia's Retro-Vogue and Relics is unique from one glance at its globe sign at the entrance. Inside, are vintage treasures galore, with clothing ranging from the mid-19th Century to mid-20th Century. The most recent clothing era stocked is from the 1960s. No disco nightmares here. Amelia's one of the few stores in town to stock vintage children's wear, in addition to their men's and women's clothing. Collectibles, jewelry and accessories are stocked here as well. This is the caliber of a shop you would expect to find in New York or LA.
This locally owned store features upscale and custom men's clothing and accessories. Designer lines include Corneliani, Pal Zileri, Bally Shoes and the popular Vestimenta. Three on-staff master tailors, each with over 25 years of experience, produce one-of-a-kind shirts, trousers, sport coats and suits from an inventory of more than 1,200 high-quality fabrics. The tailors will even come to your office for fittings! The shop has also expanded the inventory to include sportswear along with its more formal daily and evening wear.
The Garden Room is a luxurious boutique that carries women's clothing from the likes of Maureen Keene and Tessuto, shoes, hats, jewelry, fragrances and Parisian Diptyque candles. This is the only store in Central Texas designated as a Home Collection Store for MacKenzie-Childs. In a crunch for time? Try their new service, The Dressing Room. Call ahead and they will order you lunch from Ella's and have a dressing room stocked with appropriate choices for you to slip on when you arrive. Talk about pampering!
To call ATown a boutique is erroneous--it's actually pretty big! Support crafty, creative Austin artists by shopping at this store to keep the good karma flowing; if you keep paying for their work, they will continue to provide you with high-quality art (like wall paintings inspired by famous Austin landmarks), accessories (like colorful bracelets manufactured out of Legos), and clothing (like cute tees for vegetarians that proudly advertise their lifestyle), amongst other things (like eco-friendly candles).