Alice Ritter

Kickpleat - Vintage textiles line the windows, benches, and dressing rooms, while mid-century chairs come in handy for impromptu shop parties, which seem to occur around payday and are casually celebrated with truffles, mini chocolate chip cookies, and good Champagne in bad plastic cups. Girls gather to peruse the racks, leaf through magazines, and compare notes about the upcoming weekend. Meanwhile Wendi's German shepherd mix, Ben, roams quietly, sniffing out affection and crumbs. And in the background strains from Amelie mingle with Nina Simone and Yo La Tengo, Magnetic Fields and New Order. The locals befriend the out-of-towners from New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, hipsters who migrate to Austin for the film industry, the music scene, and the long, warm winters.