© Daniel Johnston

Austin,
How Are You

  • Photography by Hiroyuki Seo Styling by Junichi Nishimata
  • Hair & Makeup by Tiago Goya Coordination by Megumi Yamano
  • Special thanks to Daiki Fukuoka
  • Over Shirt Jacket
  • Sweatshirt
  • Oxford Striped Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Utility Work Pants (Corduroy)

Simple clothes help highlight interesting personalities. Cities, especially livable cities, attract unique and fascinating people. These places have a vibrant social scene, but with lush natural spaces close at hand.
Here are five local perspectives on Austin, Texas—ranked among the most livable cities in America.

  • Utility Jacket
  • Sweatshirt
  • Oxford Striped Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Utility Work Pants (Corduroy)
  • Corduroy Trucker Jacket
  • Pile Lined Fleece Stand Collar Vest
  • Crew Neck Long Sleeve T-Shirt (Uniqlo U)
  • Slim Fit Chino Pants

Andy Grant

Songwriter

Andy, who’s been living in Austin since spring 2015, has a studio inside an Airstream trailer that he keeps parked in the woods outside the city, where he goes to write his music. “I moved to this town because of its vibrant and supportive musical community. I’ve collaborated with so many different local musicians.” The Hi, How Are You mural above was drawn by Daniel Johnston, another artist who loved living in Austin. If you’re in the city, this mural is worth a special trip.

  • (L, Jasmine)
  • W’s Low Gauge Long Sleeve Sweater
  • W’s Rayon Striped Long Sleeve Blouse
  • W’s Peg Top High-Rise Jeans This color is not available in Japan
  • (R, Mac)
  • W’s Flannel Checked Long Sleeve Shirt
  • W’s Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Long Sleeve Cardigan
  • W’s Sweat Pants
  • (Mac)
  • Louvre Museum × Peter Saville Sweat Shirts Long Sleeve
  • W’s Rayon Long Sleeve Blouse
  • W’s Slim Straight High-Rise Jeans
  • Slub Color Block Socks
  • Faux Suede Lace-Up Sneakers
  • (Jasmine)
  • Sweatshirt
  • W’s Cotton Twill Striped Stand Collar Long Sleeve Long Shirt
  • W’s HEATTECH Knitted Leggings
  • HEATTECH Tam Yarn Socks
  • Cotton Canvas Slip-On (Keith Haring)

Jasmine Franklin & Mac Benson

Barista, Student

East Austin, known for its indie businesses, is home to Palomino Coffee, a hub of the community. Jasmine and Mac, who has a fabulous short hairstyle, both help run the coffee shop and study at UT Austin, which counts director Wes Anderson among its alumni. “This place has city, nature, food, music, and a bunch of really great people. My favorite spots are the secluded spaces you can find along the Barton Creek Greenbelt. On a sunny day you can grab your favorite book and sit by the water and relax.” Mac highly recommends Spend Time, a zine mart specializing in independent and small press zines.

  • W’s Corduroy Jacket
  • W’s Cotton Twill Stand Collar Long Sleeve Long Shirt
  • W’s Stretch Double Face Easy Tapered Pants
  • W’s Relaxed Jacket
  • W’s Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Turtleneck Long Sleeve Sweater
  • W’s Regular Fit Straight High Rise Jeans (Uniqlo U)
  • Low Gauge Socks
  • W’s Comfeel Touch Square Heeled Shoes

Kathleen Carmichael

Cafe Owner

“I was born and raised in Austin,” says Kathleen, a friend of Andy (above) and owner of Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors. The boardwalk along Lady Bird Lake, where Kathleen stands, offers a classic view of the Austin skyline. In the background of the photo above is the Paramount Theatre, which was built in 1915 and serves as one of the venues for the South by Southwest festival, held every year in March as a showcase for music, film and the latest technology.

  • (L)
  • W’s Ultra Light Down Relaxed Jacket
  • Extra Fine Cotton Broadcloth Striped Long Sleeve Shirt
  • W’s Ultra Stretch Skinny High-Rise Jeans
  • (R)
  • Single Breasted Coat
  • Premium Lambswool Crew Neck Long Sleeve Sweater
  • Oxford Striped Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Sweat Ankle Pants
  • Chukka Boots

Peter & Sanetra Longno

Director & Photographer, Producer

Married couple Peter and Sanetra are both part of the local film industry. “I’m making a photography project that documents the connection between mothers and their children,” says Sanetra. The couple is pictured here in two spots on the extension of Congress Avenue, which begins at the Texas Capitol visible in the background of the photo on the right page. Head south from the capitol’s downtown location and cross over the bridge, and the street becomes South Congress. The stark shift from big city skyscrapers to low-slung urban architecture is yet another of Austin’s many charms. “My wife and I like to ride our bicycles through the surrounding neighborhoods. It’s the best way to explore the city and a great way to scout locations for projects,” Peter says.

  • Corduroy Oversized Work Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Long Sleeve Sweater
  • Flannel Checked Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Jersey Relaxed Ankle Pants
  • Low Gauge Socks
  • Chukka Boots

Peter & Sanetra Longno

Director & Photographer, Producer

Married couple Peter and Sanetra are both part of the local film industry. “I’m making a photography project that documents the connection between mothers and their children,” says Sanetra. The couple is pictured here in two spots on the extension of Congress Avenue, which begins at the Texas Capitol visible in the background of the photo on the right page. Head south from the capitol’s downtown location and cross over the bridge, and the street becomes South Congress. The stark shift from big city skyscrapers to low-slung urban architecture is yet another of Austin’s many charms. “My wife and I like to ride our bicycles through the surrounding neighborhoods. It’s the best way to explore the city and a great way to scout locations for projects,” Peter says.

  • (Will)
  • Stretch Twill Oversized Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Waffle Crew Neck Long Sleeve T-Shirt
  • Jogger Pants, Low Gauge Socks
  • Cotton Canvas Slip-On
  • (Wife)
  • W’s Souffle Yarn Turtleneck Long Sleeve Dress
  • W’s Ultra Stretch Skinny High-Rise Jeans
  • W’s Comfeel Touch U Cut Flat Shoes
  • (Girl)
  • G’s Souffle Yarn Long Sleeve Dress
  • G’s Heattech Ribbed Leggings
  • (Boy)
  • K’s Ultra Stretch Long Sleeve Sweatshirt
  • K’s Flannel Checked Long Sleeve Shirt
  • K’s Relaxed Jogger Pants

Will Bryant & Family

Artist

Will lives with his wife Sally, their six-year-old daughter Polly, and their two-year-old son James in Austin, where he also keeps the studio where he makes his art. “People here tend to be down to earth. There’s also plenty to complain about, since the city is experiencing rapid growth, but the people that truly make this place interesting are really good quality humans. Our neighbor let us borrow a generator during the winter storm. Local rapper Kydd Jones brought us a meal. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Kydd on album art and merch for one of his singles.” Good neighbors like these are one of the big reasons why this city is so livable.

  • Ma-1 Blouson This color is not available in Japan
  • Ultra Light Down Compact Vest
  • Extra Fine Cotton Broadcloth Striped Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Sweat Ankle Pants
  • UV Protection 2Way Stretch Cap

Will Bryant & Family

Artist

Will lives with his wife Sally, their six-year-old daughter Polly, and their two-year-old son James in Austin, where he also keeps the studio where he makes his art. “People here tend to be down to earth. There’s also plenty to complain about, since the city is experiencing rapid growth, but the people that truly make this place interesting are really good quality humans. Our neighbor let us borrow a generator during the winter storm. Local rapper Kydd Jones brought us a meal. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Kydd on album art and merch for one of his singles.” Good neighbors like these are one of the big reasons why this city is so livable.

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