Visitors to West Texas are regularly struck by the region's vast, spartan beauty and return home to rid themselves of clutter and excess. During a trip out West in 2008, a similar reaction led designers Laura Cramer, who is originally from Austin, and Starr Hout to infuse their newly minted clothing line, Apiece Apart, with a kind of chic austerity.
Five years later, the New York-based designers are set to unveil their Spring/Summer 2013 collection, the company's first. The collection is described as a meeting place between Danish modernism and the "raw edges of Wabi Sabi."
"Their clothes are minimalist and very cool and easy to wear and modern, but in a very accessible way," said Cate Stewart, who manages Leap in Montrose.
Those looking for a preview of the new collection are invited to a trunk show Friday, May 3. Those looking for an exquisite description of West Texas are invited to read the following paragraph, courtesy of the late Texas writer, A.C. Greene, from his book, A Personal Country:
"But there is beauty here, the beauty of space and of freedom, and the beauty of the wind feeling its way along the brown, grassy swells and ruffling the yellow ridges. It is a strong, stark beauty, having so few ornaments that each plane, each shadow and broken feature of land, must play an intense part in the composition, subtly forcing the eye out of the horizon and up to the sky."
What: Apiece Apart Trunk Show
Where: Leap. 2314 Bissonnet
When: Friday, May 3, 2–7