Today I finally made it to Tribe: A Pop Up Shop on the floor above Royal Blue Grocery on Congress Avenue.
Tribe was started by Courtney and Brooke Calhoun and is in that space from November 19th through December 23rd. The sisters sourced the holiday boutique’s fare from artist friends, by traveling all over the world (NYC, Austin, London, Paris), and by reaching out to artists they’ve always admired and wanted to work with.
The Calhouns definitely have an eye for aesthetics and the shop has everything from vintage fashion to screen printed accessories to unique coffee table books and affordable art.
Brooke loves collecting art, but she says fine art is not always in everyone’s price range, including hers. This is why the shop is stocked with pieces ranging from $15 to around $200. And this is not the “clip-art” you find at Michael’s or World Market. There was a shot of a ferris wheel by a French photographer that is stuck in my mind…
Brooke & Courtney’s friend Kenzo Minami, a well-known graphic designer who’s worked for the likes of The New York Times, Nike, and MTV, designed a limited edition of prints specifically for Tribe. All the proceeds go to charity.
Always ahead of the curve, the Calhouns were selling these beautiful, fabric smoking slippers and flats from Teysha long before Nordstrom picked them up last week. See the yellow and red ones in the left corner? Those are the pair I’m coveting.
Another one of my favorite items were the adorable camera straps from Sarah Frances Kuhn, friend of the Calhouns and former Teen Vogue accessories editor. They lend a little Chanel-esque luxe to the girl who is forever carrying her DSLR around.
I asked Brooke if she and Courtney would consider opening a brick & mortar store but she said for now they are loving the pop-up lifestyle because it allows them to travel to and work from so many different places.
So if you’re in Austin and still looking for holiday gifts, head to Tribe before the 23rd (Sunday) and tell Brooke & Courtney Dose of Dash sent you!