Welcome back to our Daily Uniform Series! Keep reading for our full feature with artist and designer, Hallie Brewer...
One of the most surprising things about this series for me, has been how much insight I have personally gleaned from reading the interviews of these inspiring, stylish women. If you live in Austin, you have likely already come across Hallie Brewer's work, whether you know it or not. She works behind the scenes with infamous hospitality group, Bunkhouse, and regularly collaborates with other artists and gallery owners, in addition to the work she does with FELIZ! Her work is all so thoughtful, beautiful and unique. I loved her take on reducing fashion waste and couldn't agree more with her advice on personal style. Keep reading for the full feature and be sure to check out her solo show this month at The Den gallery!
Tell us about yourself! What’s your name, where do you live, who do you live with, what do you do?
Hi! I’m Hallie Brewer. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, Michael, and our cat, Goose. I’m a designer and a visual artist. I work as a graphic designer for Bunkhouse Group. In my studio practice I make works on paper and using fabric.
What does a typical day look like for you now? What projects are you currently most excited about?
I’m usually juggling a variety of projects, for my job and in my personal life. Most days I’m in the Bunkhouse office or visiting one of the beautiful properties we manage. Weekends are spent in my studio. I’m currently working on a new body of work for a solo show opening next month at The Den gallery. I’m very excited to debut this new work. I’ve put so much of myself into it. I’m also a co-organizer of a biannual maker market called FELIZ. We are preparing for our biggest sale yet in east Austin on December 8th. It’s a lot of work to produce but always one of the highlights of my year.
Tell us about your daily uniform:
I’m most comfortable in a pair of high-waisted pants. The higher the better. I’ve also got a pretty large selection of vintage tops. This one is one of my favorites. It’s silk and has beautiful details. It’s usually a combination of pants and a blouse these days, with a denim jacket or blazer thrown over. I don’t own a lot of heels but these by Paloma Wool are really comfortable to walk in. I’ve usually got one large bag or tote to travel with me to meetings. This one from Lago Studio is really durable and aging beautifully, plus it has all the pockets I could need.
How has your style evolved over the years?
Growing up in Austin instilled in me a way of dress that is both laid-back but also put together. People are very casual dressers here, but not without style. Denim is a must. As I’ve gotten older I’ve identified which pieces I gravitate towards most. I’m willing to invest in those pieces I know will get a lot of use and becomes timeless in my wardrobe. They have to fit well and be of good quality. I’ve always loved thrifting and enjoy that process of discovery with clothing. I love a piece that looks like it has a history. It also feels like my small way of reducing fashion waste.
What’s the one thing you own in multiple color ways?
Besides vintage silk shirts, probably these Creatures of Comfort pants. They fit so well, which is a hard find right off the rack. No tailoring needed. I own multiple colors and I’m looking for more.
What’s one thing we will never find you wearing?
Heels above 3 inches. Can’t do it. Even 3 inches is tough.
Do you have any tips for someone struggling with figuring out their own personal style?
Try it on! You never know how you are going to feel about a piece till it’s on you. Your personal style should be exploratory. Surprise yourself sometimes. And know that if the fit isn’t right it’s going to bother you later. Find a tailor you trust and don’t sweat it if it doesn’t fit right off the rack. It rarely ever does.
Photography of Hallie Brewer by Kelly Dewitt of Mangroves
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