September 2 2014

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24 Hours In Austin With Shipley & Halmos


Shipley & Halmos’ Jeff Halmos and Sam Shipley (above, left to right) are currently touring the U.S.A., stopping in at Barneys locations nationwide. After spending a day in Austin, they sent back some of their favorite parts of their visit to the Lone Star State. We’re booking our tickets today.

We are in the middle of a two-week tour of the U.S. of A., shooting portraits of customers at Barneys for a book we are publishing and releasing this fall. Of course, we couldn’t pass up the chance to visit Texas. Are all the rumors true? Should we really not mess with Texas? Is everything really bigger in Texas? We started in Houston and stopped in Austin on our way to Dallas. Somehow neither of us had ever visited Austin before, and suffice it to say, we loved it!

On the way into town, we stopped for BBQ at Salt Lick (below). It was heavily hyped and totally lived up to expectations. The pork ribs were absolutely incredible! Also, keep in mind it’s BYOB, so make sure to pick up some cold Lone Stars on the way.

The next morning, we had breakfast tacos (popular in Austin) at El Chulito (below). Cheap and delicious. Plus, they serve Mexican Coke (Sam’s favorite), which is becoming quite trendy and is made with real sugar. They also serve homemade horchata (Jeff’s favorite).

From there, a little shopping. We drove over to visit our friends at Bows + Arrows and Spartan. Lauren and Currie know everything and everyone that’s anyone in Austin. Plus, their stores are so cool. Then, we went to a great vintage store called Feathers, where we scored some amazing pieces. Plus, Sam managed to scope out this pair of Texas flag shorts at the place next door (below). Purchase of the trip, in our opinion. And of course, we had to stop at a supplier of cowboy boots, hats, shirts, and all the fixin’s. This place called Allen Boots had a pretty solid selection as well as some interesting taxidermy.

At the end of the day, we went to Barton Springs (above) for a dip. We both agree that this would be a daily stop if we lived in Austin. The whole mix of revelers…dogs, babies, college kids, nerds, jocks, dweebs, men, women, children. Felt so good in the 100-degree August heat! After feeling refreshed, we headed out to sample some Austin nightlife. We started at Liberty Bar on the east side. Hard to beat cheap drinks, a large back patio, and even better, a Chinese/Tex-Mex food cart sitting in the yard. Without a doubt, you have to order the fried beets.

Although we love hanging with the hipsters, we came to Texas to hear country music. No better place than the Broken Spoke on the south side of town. Opened in 1964, you’ll find a country music “museum,” the owner and band playing Buck Owens covers, slide guitars, bourbon and sweet tea, and plenty of two-step dancing.

At the end of the night, Sam decided to take a 3 a.m. “bath” break (below) on the side of the road. It’s just that hot.

All Photos: Courtesy of Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos



  1. null says:

    i was born and raised in texas and Austin is the coolest town in the state if anybody ever comes to texas they have to go to austin eat at dirty martins or called dirtys, and stay at the austin motel

  2. null says:

    Wow, thanks guys! The amazing Texas trunks, aka your “purchase of the trip” come from Prototype Vintage on South Congress and Milton!

  3. Gramj says:

    These Houston portraits are fantastic! The expressions on the two people in the first image makes the viewer do a double take, a little like seeing the Mona Lisa the first time, and the crystal clear water droplets around the dog are amazing! Nice work! You may enjoy this site as well, Good luck with future pictures!

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