As an investor, founder, CEO and business book author, I write about startups, design, how to build a good business, and I like to muse about culture in any form.

Real Deal Road Trip No. 8: Parts & Labour

Parts & Labour, 1117 South Congress Street, Austin Texas

Parts and Labor, exterior

Parts & Labour is a vaguely earthy-crunchy, hipster shop in Austin whose young owners have a mission to exclusively feature Texas based artists, designers, and craftsmen.  That alone would interest me, but the icing on the cake for our visit was the co-owner Lizelle.  She went above and beyond in making restaurant recommendations, telling us stories about her product sources and the people behind them, posing for photos, and even chasing us down at a nearby restaurant when she realized we’d left a couple personal items near her cash register.

The shop features clothing, art, jewelry, and a modest range of small home decor items.  Here’s what I brought home, made by the husband/wife team of Squid Ink Kollective. It’s a hand sewn and printed linen dishtowel.  I know, I know (Joanne!) that these somewhat retro, tightly woven linen towels practically repel water until you break them in.  But I also know that every time I use this quirky little towel, the goofy squid imagery will make me smile.  That’s worth a damp dish or two, in my book.

4 Responses to “Real Deal Road Trip No. 8: Parts & Labour”

  1. Lynnea

    Thanks for supporting us and Parts&Labor – I’m the wife half of S.I.K. 🙂 Hope you enjoy your new linen, be sure to contact us if you have any questions/comments.

    Squid Ink Kollective

    • julespieri

      I do love your work Lynnea…keep it up! And, it’s more absorbent brand new than I expected. What will happen if I accidentally wash it in warm water?

      • Lynnea

        Thanks Julie!

        Hot water will cause the ink to fade much faster – tumble drying on low is just fine, and ironing is also fine, done from the back. Warm water is not as harmful as hot water, we just recommend only cold water to be on the safe side.

        You’ll notice that with each wash the inks will get softer without fading – it’s the beauty of using water-based inks, which are much closer to non-toxic than the industry standard plastisol-based inks.


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