DESERT FLOWER

COL­ORS OF THE SOUTH­WEST IN­FLU­ENCE DE­SIGNER STEPHANIE BEARD’S LAT­EST ESBY COL­LEC­TIONS, WHICH NOW IN­CLUDE SWIMWEAR AND MENSWEAR.

Austin Way - - CONTENTS - BY MADDY HILL

Col­ors of the South­west in­flu­ence de­signer Stephanie Beard’s lat­est Esby col­lec­tions, which now in­clude swimwear and menswear.

Esby’s brick-and-mor­tar store is a study in con­trasts, the monochro­matic con­crete soft­ened by the racks of linen and cot­ton­tex­tured gauze that make up owner and de­signer Stephanie Beard’s spring and sum­mer col­lec­tions.

The sub­tle V-neck of the Duffy jumper and long hem of the Darby shirt­dress mark a fem­i­nine turn in Beard’s menswear-in­spired de­sign style, which earned Esby its rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a high-qual­ity, no-frills la­bel since its debut in 2014. Sat­u­rated col­ors like clay and olive ac­cent the neu­tral pal­ette, all with a desert vibe.

Beard, who de­signed for houses like Tommy Hil­figer in New York, is drawn to the aes­thetic of her adopted home­town, es­pe­cially Austin’s bet­ter known bou­tique ho­tels. “I was in­spired not only by the Ho­tel San Jose and Ho­tel Saint Ce­cilia, but the suc­cu­lents and dry desert beauty that’s found in Austin,” Beard says of her new­est col­lec­tions.

Her pieces con­tinue to be about ver­sa­til­ity and com­fort, which seeps into Beard’s lat­est en­deav­ors— menswear and swimwear. “I don’t think it’s very easy to feel con­fi­dent when you’re not com­fort­able,” she says. “You want to have some­thing that looks good, feels great, and is easy to wear.” Pieces like the Blake hen­ley and the Life­time crew T-shirt are uni­sex, while dou­ble-lined swimwear pieces can be mixed and matched, de­pend­ing on how much cov­er­age you want. Beard hopes women will feel se­cure in the swim­suits—while still show­ing off their shape. 1601 S. First St., 512-2438901; es­byap­parel.com

Esby owner and de­signer Stephanie Beard; the Darby shirt­dress in olive; con­crete blocks and other touches give the bou­tique an in­dus­trial feel; the Sara but­ton-down paired with the Lu­cia pant in navy; more of Esby’s nat­u­ral in­te­rior.

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