So last weekend my wife Jenni and I had the occasion to day trip down to Austin to catch a book signing with our good friend Danielle from Against All Grain. If you’re not familiar with Danielle’s blog, then by all means make yourself so ASAP and while you’re at it, go ahead and buy her book; you won’t regret it.
Anyway, on my list of extracurriculars for this trip was a visit to Stag. I didn’t make it by there the last time we were in Austin and I wasn’t about to let another trip go by without stopping in.
For the uninitiated, Stag is an independent men’s retailer in the heart of the South Congress area of Austin, TX. Take a dash of clothing, gifts, accessories, and sundries, mix it up in a modern meets vintage shaker and what you get is Stag. Stylish enough to get regular mentions in GQ; quirky enough to hold it’s own in the hippest part of the hippest town in Texas. (Sorry DFW, it’s true.)
Stag boasts a number of high quality brands in shop, several of which are among my personal favorites. Harry’s razors was on prominent display as well as a full selection of the Jack Black Skincare line (seriously, their Double Duty face moisturizer is the best I’ve found anywhere).
In addition to their regular top shelf brands, they also deal in one-of-a-kind pieces. Furniture, artwork, taxidermy (my son Linus REALLY wanted the bobcat over the register), vintage books, old vinyl and a bunch else are all on display and ready to go home with whoever wants them.
The staff was friendly and didn’t hover. The atmosphere was laid back but not too informal. On this particular visit it was well over 100 degrees outside and as far as the folks there were concerned, escaping the heat was just as legitimate a reason for coming in as shopping would be. Their website even suggests that you ask them for a beer when you drop by but I didn’t test that particular carrot, appealing as it may have been.
Overall, Stag is an awesome example of people who are out there, doing what they love, the way that they see fit. I’m a big fan of the American entrepreneurial spirit and I always appreciate when I come across folks who are doing it right.
So the next time you’re in Austin, or have occasion to pass through there in route to somewhere else, make a point to stop by Stag. You’ll find all kinds of cool stuff to buy and in doing so you can have the confidence of knowing that you’re helping support the very thing that makes America great.
I’ve got more pictures below:
In the immortal words of Justin Timberlake, “You gotta be on your sock game.”