Storyville – “Wear Your Story”

There is an awesome little t-shirt shop on the corner of one of the most famous streets in all of Austin (Guadalupe), and it is called Storyville. Boutiques like Storyville give Austin a very distinct style, which is something I LOVE.

Storyville Tee, designed by UT student Jennifer Mitchell.

Storyville Tee, designed by UT student Jennifer Mitchell.

Particularly wonderful about Storyville, they strive to be more Austin-oriented. Storyville’s only other location in the country is near LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the designs there are typically more Louisiana-oriented.

Iconic Austin tees inclue the “Hi, How are You” frog design by Daniel Johnston, and a UT tower graphic tee.

You can choose from a myriad of awesome pre-designed shirts, or you can even design your own. Storyville will charge $25 for your own special tee, and you can pick from tons of fonts, colors and graphics. They print on American Apparel t-shirts, which are sweatshop free! [I am not linking to American Apparel, because I do love that they are sweatshop free, but I don’t love their exploitation of women.]

The store itself is worth visiting, if only to see the incredible artwork on the walls. One of the employees has painted tons of great themes, including a Muppets-themed room and an Alice in Wonderland theme. He has also written fantastic quotes on the ceiling of the Muppets room; they are hilarious!

Storyville is one of the coolest t-shirt boutiques in Austin.  The employees are super friendly, the vibe is really artistic, and they give you an opportunity to “wear your story,” as they say. Check it out!



6 Responses to “Storyville – “Wear Your Story””

  1. 1 Kristin November 26, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Nice post. I almost wrote about it myself. I love their idea. I’ve been wanting to get one of their t-shirts that has a pic of Texas with “Austin: Blue city in a red state” for a while now, but they’re out of my size! I’m going to try to design a t-shirt of my own pretty soon. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  2. 2 Kristin November 26, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    sorry…’A little blue oasis…in a big red state’ actually.

  3. 3 Briana C November 29, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    I love this post! What a neat little shop. I was big on designing my own shirts in high school, but since I’ve been in college I haven’t made any. Oh, and way to make a statement with your use of links!

  4. 4 Caitlin W November 29, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you both for your wonderful comments:)

    Kristin, you should post your design once you make it! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    And Briana, I’m so glad you like the boutique! The folks that work there are SO friendly, it’s just got a great vibe:)

  5. 5 Rachel November 30, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Hmm, hate to break it to you, but before you get to excited about Storyville, learn about the beef they have with Austin’s other (and original) Storyville boutique:

  6. 6 Caitlin W December 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for the link, Rachel – I had no idea! I always thought the 2 Storyvilles were linked. It’s too bad they could not figure out a way to settle that!

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