City Guide 2013
Published: February 28, 2013
Austin-based El Paso native Leigh Elena Navarro's accessories and leather goods are sold internationally but the designer only claims two brick-and-mortar boutiques: a flagship on South Congress in Austin and a freshly opened outpost here in the Pearl. Though she's best known for the signature jigsaw cuffs (handmade in Austin in colorful leathers and exotic skins; $75-$110) high-profilers like Barbara Walters, Hoda Kotb, and AnnaLynne McCord have helped land on TV and in the glossies, Navarro's versatile enamel-coated copper crowns (which can be magnetically attached to bases including cuffs and rings) are a close second. Add well-worn cowboy boots and leather jackets, vintage Western shirts, candles, books, and nostalgic impulse buys to the mix and it's hard to leave without a wish list.
303 Pearl Pkwy. Ste. 101
(210) 224-6666, leighelena.com
There are reportedly upwards of 50 vendors in the Ironside Antique Mall and Mom's Hang-ups stands out with a sprawling selection. While the well-organized areas comprise salvaged gas station signs, rhinestone-encrusted costume jewelry, impeccably preserved mod light fixtures, old-timey children's books, vintage gowns, and enough trinkets and curios to fill anyone's cabinet, the main focus of married owners Ida and Henry Escobar is "rescuing" furniture. For a decade the Boerne residents worked the South Texas trade show circuit selling wares he made and she painted. Now the duo takes pride in giving new life to old pieces found at flea markets and estate sales. Despite the obvious attention to details and displays, the prices ($10-$700 storewide) fall in line with the family operation's decidedly homey vibe.
10211 Ironside, (210) 694-0134, ironsidemall.com
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