As it turns out, a fresh haircut is the perfect pairing to a great cocktail.
We had the pleasure of being chosen to not only attend, but to also supply attendees of The Whisky X‘s Austin stop with haircuts and beard trims; it was a marvelous event filled with tastings of over 60 different industry-leading whiskey manufacturers, dazzling food trucks (very apropos of Austin), and a concert featuring the X Ambassadors to close-out the night.
If you missed it, check out the photos below to relive the event in 2D.
Summers come and go, but memories leave their impression on the collective consciousness forever, or at least that’s how we feel about our annual summer party.
This being our fourth iteration of our summer party series at Cheer Up Charlie’s, we wanted to continue our (now expected) pace of building upon the momentum of the previous year, and considering how surreal last year’s was, we had our work cut out for us. However, all humble brags aside – the bar was high. With the party we had coined “Summerween”, we believe that it’s safe-to-say: we surpassed it.
It being “Summerween” and all, the theme of the party was an intentional juxtaposition of darkness and light, horror and love, White Claw and literally anything else – we brought the thematics of Halloween to the time of year that it probably should be in the first place (in this instance, July 28th).
To start things off for the day, the Austin-based musical duo/DJ crew Compact Disco Crew spun a genre-bending menagerie of music, firmly instilling the expectations of where the rest of the night was heading. In the midst of CDC pulling the strings of all those in attendance with their music selections, as though they were more so marionette operators than DJs – the unofficial (or official, in our opinion) queen of Austin, Louisianna Purchase, took the stage to not only host a contest that decided who rocked the best costume, but she rocked the stage herself by bringing her world renowned drag experience to the Cheer Up Charlie’s stage. She blew the doors off the place, and Summerween had only just begun at that point.
For the second year in a row, we were honored to be an official showcase host of The Red River Cultural District’s Hot Summer Nights week-long music festival. With the opportunity to curate a music lineup, it was obvious to us to not only choose our favorite artists in the state, but artists that happened to be our friends, and to reiterate that whole juxtaposition theme we had mentioned earlier, we tapped two of Texas’ fastest rising stars in their respective (albeit, quite differing) genres.
Lou Rebecca opened up the night… and our hearts. If you’re not already familiar with her music, she gracefully blends dreamlike synths in harmony with her delicate yet somehow still exceedingly powerful voice. Watching her perform is almost trance-inducing; her beautiful dancing in total harmony with her authoritative stage presence that demands your full attention, you really feel as though you wouldn’t rather be anywhere else in the world other than right there at that very moment.
Next up, to close the show, an artist who many are beginning to refer to as Texas’ “next big thing” in rap – Zayland – took the stage. He gave us a glimpse of his upcoming EP (which he performed live for the first time), and it also turned out to be a glimpse into the future of where the genre of rap is heading in Texas. Spoiler alert: the future is bright. He even added another ingredient to the sauce, by bringing out a Dallas contemporary on his own rise to stardom: Devy Stonez. Throughout the entirety of his set, Zayland continued to increase his hold on the audience’s attention, though by no means forcefully, but rather – in a sense – holding out his hand, guiding each individual attendee’s consciousness and saying “hey, let me show you my world. It’ll be fun. Promise.” Truly closing out Hot Summer Nights in epic fashion.
After the two awe-inspiring performances by Lou Rebecca and Zayland, the third installation of “shed your worries. & Have a Nu Wave” took place inside (the first two were held at The LINE hotel in Austin, TX). A dance party of epic proportions, orchestrated by DJs Joaqu.n and Mxrgan Mxrgan. They capped off the night perfectly, by ending the story of Summerween with it’s synopsis: you can make anything happen with just a little imagination.
… You may’ve noticed this phrase being tossed around on our social media for the last few months. In typical SHED fashion (I guess that’s a pun), we did a lot of cool things without necessarily explaining the context of it.
“shed your worries.” is a clothing brand that was birthed right here at SHED. In regards to public awareness, the concept itself began as a series of parties at The Line hotel, and throughout that time, the long-term intention was always the same – to make and manufacture clothes that we not only love, but love to wear. It’s a fantastical world filled of imagination without limit and self-expression with complete disregard for normality.
This is collection one, featuring an array of graphic t-shirts, pants, cap, and a backpack. Modeled by our friends Mike Melinoe and Shanzyan. It’s available now both in-the-shop, and online at shop.shedbarber.com
Be sure to stay-up-to-date with future shed your worries. clothing releases by following them on Instagram: @shedyourworries
As soon as you walk through the doors of either location, you’ll immediately notice that vinyl records are a thing here at SHED. Today being Record Store Day and all, you can say that it might be our favorite holiday.
With that being said, we figured we’d post a little bit of vintage SHED content to celebrate. Two years ago, our (now, former – may he rest in peace*) Creative Director Joseph Bellows chatted with those in attendance at End of An Ear‘s Record Store Day release. Please sit back and enjoy the on-screen magic that only Joseph can provide.
Each month, on every third Friday, we hold a comedy show at our Bouldin location.
Austin’s comedy scene is booming, as it’s home to some of the most exciting and hilarious stand-up comics on the precipice of national acclaim. “Sorry, Closed for Comedy” is representative of our passion for one of our favorite (and honestly, most underrated) art forms. Here’s a peak at the laughs that occurred during the SXSW edition of “Sorry, Closed for Comedy”.
Parking at our Holly neighborhood location can get tricky on busy days, so check out the map below and always plan to arrive 10 minutes early to find a spot and walk to the shop. We’ll have a beer waiting as your reward.
We recommend checking the parking lot to the west of us first. If that is full, you can park on any of the streets in the neighborhood. PLEASE be respectful of our residential neighbors and look for any no parking signs on or near houses. If you are at SHED for an evening event please be cognizant of noise if walking through the neighborhood. Thanks!
Here at SHED, we pride ourselves in being a cultural hub for the surrounding community in which every day we open our doors to the most interesting and stylish people in the city. We recently had the pleasure of doing a photoshoot with Shanzyan, a local rapper who is quickly making a name for himself with his effortless flows over ethereal beats that contain a wild combination of modern trap with groovy 70s influence.
Here’s a look at what he wore:
Barney Cools “Colour Block Knit” Sweater
Knitwear has always been a classic fall style staple, and nowadays it’s more on-trend than ever. A looser knit such as this one from Barney Cools allows the wearer to attain an effortless, casual look, while simultaneously conveying a more luxurious aesthetic.
SHED “Crucial” Crew
A blank tee is referred to as an essential for a reason, it’s utterly timeless and an absolutely crucial aspect of any person’s wardrobe.
Here, Shanzyan ingeniously chose to wear a color with pop that accents the already vibrant colors of the knit, yet doesn’t clash; the key to adding color to an outfit is to choose colors that contrast and compliment, with the intention of allowing the eye to take-in the entirety of the outfit, not to key-in on a particular color that stands out in juxtaposition to the rest. A word to remember here is, “flow…”.
TCSS “Skids” Pant
The crux of Shanzyan’s casual aesthetic (or anyone’s, really) is belied in the pants. The looser fit of TCSS’ Skids pant ties everything together; the chunkier silhouette of the sneaker along with the baggier composition of the sweater. Think of your pant choice as the drums in your favorite song – it’s what brings everything together, and makes you appreciate everything in context.
… in this case, Shanzyan is wearing the Yeezy 500 in the “blush” color way – an exceedingly versatile sneaker when worn correctly; though for the purposes of this outfit, really any chunky, neutral colored sneaker would suffice, such as the Publish x Reebok Classic. The reason being, is that due to the slouched nature of the sweater when coupled with the baggier pants, there needs to be a shoe that continues those proportions throughout the line of the body.