When they met at Articopia, a holiday market organized by The Southwest School of Art, Kass Carrell and Jessica Brown realized they were kindred spirits. Both designers, the two women talked about their love of style and their desire to see the fashion community in San Antonio grow. Both had dreamed of opening their own store, and after meeting one another they began to explore the possibility. Soon after, Carrell met local designer Blanquita Sullivan, and right away it was apparent she shared their vision. Just a few months later, the three women decided to go for it.
They began drafting a business plan and looking for the right space. In what seems like an act of fate now, Carrell was contacted by the city about a possible location—a downtown space they could use free of charge for 90 days as part of San Antonio’s efforts to revitalize Hemisfair and help launch new businesses. It seemed like a perfect fit, and they moved in at the end of June.
They say Indigo Makers Collective, their pop-up boutique near Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Garden, aims to celebrate local makers, showcasing what San Antonio has to offer to both locals and tourists. The boutique is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“We’ve needed this in San Antonio so badly,” says Carrell. “We want to bring the community together to support one another and create more makers. There’s no competition, and we’re all rooting for each other.”
The primary focus of the boutique is on men and women’s clothing and accessories, but their curated selections also include artisanal bath and body products, artwork and even gourmet foods. The one thing each product has in common is that it is handcrafted by a local maker.
Brown says they also hope the boutique will be a gathering space for locals interested in making by acting as a venue for special events and classes with their vendors. They have a watercolor class scheduled for Aug. 18 and an ice-dying workshop on Aug. 23, with more events in the planning stages. Though, currently, they are only officially slated to be open until the end of September, they are hoping to have that extended.
“Everyone has been so supportive,” Carrell says. “We’ve been blown away by the response by both the customers and the support of the city.”
Allison Copenbarger Vance, San Antonio Magazine