Posted 18 August 2014
Posted 15 August 2014
Soften your hands and donate to the world! Charity Pot aims to help grassroots organizations around the world, with the help o this little pot of lotion!
Made from fair trade cocoa butter, almond oil and ylang ylang oil, the lotion is moisturizing and nourishing. More importantly, Lush Cosmetics aims to help organizations that work towards environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights. For every pot sold, 100% of the profits is donated to further these causes. According to their website, since 2007, we've donated more than $4,750,000 to over 400 charities in 35 countries.
Check them out at their website here for more information!
Posted 14 August 2014
From earthy to pale shades, the fashion world loves to go back to the basics! And all summer, it has been doing just that...
Face It is in to be au-natural with your makeup! Balmain (left) and Alexander Wang (right) prove this to be the case.
Body V-necks and simple silhouettes create an undeniably classic look. Alexander Wang Spring 2014 (left) and Son Jung Wan 2013 (right) nailed these earthy looks.
Hair Give your hair a break and wear it natural! Just let it dry, and strut your stuff! That's what the models on the runway are doing!
So, what do you think about going au-natural and getting back to simple fashion? Let us know in the comment section below! And make sure you check out our natural looks (like the one above) on Polyvore!
Posted 08 August 2014
One of the most overlooked articles of clothing for people in need? Socks. And that is where Skyline comes in.
Skyline makes super comfortable, colorful, and edgy socks featuring city skyline designs! With an urban cool style and a mission to back them up, this company is one of our favorites! For each pair ordered, a pair of socks is given to someone in your city! They are "socking the nation, one pair and one city at a time," and we love it.
What city are you from? Want to rep it on your ankles and give back at the same time? Check them out at their website here.
Posted 07 August 2014
Who needs skinny-mini pants anymore?
Okay, okay, I still wear my skinny jeans, but the most amazing fashion trend is on the scene: pajama pants! Just kidding...kind of... Wide leg pants are totally in, and I am totally okay with it! Comfort to the max, plus a bold fashion statement to boot? Yes, please! They are on the runway, on the red carpet, and on the street!
Left: Try them in a fun color or print! Pair with a basic white top and you've got the perfect outfit for a cool summer night. Right: Fashion icon Olivia Palermo rocks these wide leg beauties. With a blazer and belt, the wide leg takes this outfit from business-casual to fashion-chic. She means business!
Posted 06 August 2014
Posted 05 August 2014
Our storefront opening is only two days away! After making the big move, painting and redecorating, our first Office and Storefront is finally coming together! Thanks for everyone who has pitched in to help! Enjoy these photos below of our moving process! We lovingly will call this collection of photos: the bad, the good, and the ugly turned pretty!
The mess, and dried paint brushes!
Heavy moving boxes and U-Haul stresses!
Finally getting organized! Hooray walking space!
Cutest pictures while painting!
The Ugly turned Pretty:
Welcome to ESPEROS beautiful, new home! Almost ready for the Grand Opening and Launch Party!
Posted 01 August 2014
Splish, splash through any puddle in sight with this cute pair of rain boots!
These bright rubber boots work on a one for one basis: for every pair sold, a brand new pair is given to a child living in the street to protect their feet from the rain and cold! In addition to keeping feet warm and dry, Roma is dedicated to promoting education in order to eradicate poverty. In addition to a new pair of donated boots, 10% of all of their sales proceeds go to the Roma For All Foundation to help promote education.
Posted 31 July 2014
Starting to feel a little left out boys? Well here is our Trendy Thursday: Men's Edition! This week, we will be look at a bold male trend: prints.
Step away from bland and boring and step into the world of florals, checks, dots, and zigzags! They aren't just for women, and they can spice up your style instantly. With simple swatches of print here and there, the look can remain subtle, yet edgy.
Our friend Caio Braz takes prints to a whole new level in his fashion line. Check out his bold all-over print looks here!
A military print can give a tough edge to your look. Looks from Mark McNairy, Amsterdam.
So, do you wear prints? What design is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below!
Posted 25 July 2014
With contacts, glasses, and eye care so easily accessible, many of us often take our vision for granted. These two companies are giving the gift of sight to people around the world!
Blue Planet Eyewear
Their zero waste eyewear is made from repurposed material, like recycled bamboo. And, they have a one for one program, where a pair of glasses is given to someone in the developing world, for every pair of glasses sold! They partner with Lions Sight and Hearing on their mission to help people see the world in a way they never have before!
Want designer glasses for affordable prices? Check out these this stylish company, with one of the coolest give-back programs we have seen! Eyes develope. Prescriptions change. Styles are different in every country. Instead of simply donating a pair to someone in a developing country, and then leaving, Warby Parker takes a different approach. First, they donate a sum of money to their non-profit partners in conjunction with the amount of glasses sold. Then, they work to train men and women of the country to give eye exams and sell glasses at affordable prices!
Plus, for the indecisive ones of the world, they have an At-Home-Try-On program that will blow your mind. You pick 5 glasses, and they will ship them to you for free. You have 5 days to pick the ones you like best, and ship the rest back (again, FREE)!
So, try on a pair (or 5) and help give the gift of sight!
Posted 24 July 2014
Posted 23 July 2014
Our knowledge of Spanish might be limited, but there is one thing that we know a lot about: the Pueblo Viejo Taco Truck!
From breakfast tacos with eggs to the classic chicken taco, you can't go wrong with this place! With all the ease and convenience of a food truck, plus the deliciousness of a near-gourmet taco, Pueblo Viejo has it all! And lucky for us, it's just down the street!
Check them out at: 907 E 6th St Austin, TX 78702 in East Austin
Hours: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommendations: Oliver, our founder and CEO (and king of Pueblo Viejo lunch customers), highly recommends the "Guaca-taco." Kierra, our brand manager, usually chooses from one of their veggie options. But the classic "Pueblo Viejo Style Taco" is always a good choice.
Posted 21 July 2014
Right about this time a year, we wish we were laying on a beach somewhere... lazy days, warm ocean breeze, and no where to be! Well, for now, this playlist will have to suffice! Don't get too behind on your work when you get lost in these lazy tunes!
Posted 18 July 2014
Today, our Friendly Friday is all about your best friends! You can buy stylish products for your pups and pets, while giving back! Check out Baxter and Birdie and and Dog for Dog!
Baxter and Birdie makes chic, eco-friendly dog collars and leashes! But the best part about B and B is that for each product they sell, they donate one to a dog in need, by partnering with local shelters!
Dog for Dog is a California based company that is working to eradicate hunger in animal shelters across the country! For every all-natural bag of dog food or treats you buy, one is given to a dog in a shelter that may be suffering from lack of food or nutrition! They offer grain-free and super healthy options to get pups back to their healthiest state!
So, get out there and start barking about Baxter and Birdie and Dog for Dog!
Posted 17 July 2014
From fast food to fast results, our society is always on the move, leaving no time to even change outfits on some days! So, one of the resulting trends in fashion is versatility: the ability to change your look at a moments notice. These pieces are multi-functional and stylish day or night!
The skort shorts are always a great option! For the illusion of a skirt, with the comfort and convenience of shorts, this piece is perfect for errand running or attending a party!
A black maxi can be dressed down with shades and Converse or dressed up with black heels and dramatic jewelry!
This bold travel bag from National Geographic can literally fold into different shapes for your ease: A hexagon, a tote, and many other shapes!
And last, but not least, our new Tablet/ iPad case that converts to a clutch handbag! They go on sale soon, so be on the lookout for this cool new product!
Posted 16 July 2014
Are you looking for a great spot to brunch at this weekend! Here is our list of favorite mid-morning places to chow down in our hometown of Austin, Texas!
Posted 15 July 2014
What do you pack in your ESPEROS bag? Let us know in the comment section below!
Posted 11 July 2014
Who would have thought that wooden watches would help the environment? Well, WeWOOD has found a way to plant a tree for every product sold! Now that's growth!
After it's conception in Florence and the opening of a branch in Los Angeles, WeWOOD partnered with American Forests and Trees for the Future with the goal of planting 1 million trees by 2020.
Stylish for the good of the planet. We have one world, and we need to protect and nourish it. And WeWOOD likes to keep a reminder on their wrist to save this world.
Check them out on their website here!
Posted 10 July 2014
Could anything be more fashionable than Bread and Butter Berlin tradeshow? Oliver, our founder and CEO, and Joe, our Head of Business Developement, are taking our bags international with this Berlin Fashion Week event! Fashion, art, and style are colliding at this colorful event, and here are a few brands to keep your eye on...
Bensimon: The classic Parisian everyday look. Functionality and fashion blend in this perfect, practical shoe!
Codello: After 75 years, they are still making beautiful scarves, shawls and bags that resemble art more than clothing. Their exhibit will feature a full blown art gallery.
Riding High: A Tokyo-based brand whose expertise is American vintage? Seems confusing, but when you see the products, you won't be confused at all!
Posted 10 July 2014
Posted 09 July 2014
Do you like free stuff? More importantly, do you like ESPEROS? Well now, you can have it all because we are GIVING AWAY an Earl Grey Market Tote!
Follow us on Instagram here @esperosbags and tag your friends who you want to travel the world with! The more people you tag, the more entries into the contest you will get! You have until this Friday, July 11th at 4 p.m. So get set and start tagging!
Posted 08 July 2014
ESPEROS takes Berlin Fashion week! Oliver, our Founder and CEO, and Joe, our Head of Business Development, headed across the pond to attend Bread and Butter Fashion Trade Show!
With over 600 exhibitors and brands featuring stylish street-wear and contemporary clothing, Bread and Butter aims to provide creative marketing and communication between selected brands, one of which being our very own ESPEROS!
This husting, busting, style supershow is sure to be an adventure! Viel Glück, Oliver and Joe!
Posted 03 July 2014
We are in the Information Age: computers clicking, machines whirring, everywhere you look there is a flashing screen... even on the runway!
Designers are electrifying the runways with technology-inspired ensembles, from geometrical tech-prints to actual, working lights and moving pictures. The above collection from CuteCircuit debuted at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, complete with shimmering and blinking outfits (some played video!!).
featured on Project Runway
And don't forget: our Laptop and tablet cases, coming soon!!! Keep your technological devices safe and stylish!
Let us know what you think about this digital style! Would you wear it? Are you tech-y? Let us know in the comment section below, and check out more of our products on our website here.
Posted 02 July 2014
The Texas sun is shining, the breeze is blowing off the lake, and everybody is abuzz with patriotism and summer happiness! Since Austin we think Austin is the greatest city in the world, we’re sure a lot of you have friends or family coming to spend the Fourth of July Weekend here! If you don’t have plans for them, or if you’re looking for plans yourself, take a look at this list of our favorite ways to spend Independence Day! Enjoy everything the city has to offer- from food to activities to best places to visit.
Chez Zee Special: No doubt, Chez Zee has the best special in Austin. The are open for brunch, have happy hour all day, $6 burgers all day, and red white and blue cobbler!
Where: 5406 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX 78731
When: Open at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for brunch
Sculpture Falls: Take a hike at Barton Creek down a 3 mile out and back trail, waterfall included! The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking & walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail! Hooray for patriotic pups!
When: All the time!
(512) Festival: (512) Brewing Company's summer beer launch and music festival will be held at the beautiful Hill Country venue, The Backyard. The two-day festival will celebrate the city of Austin with locally brewed beer, Austin musicians and performers, and local vendors.
Where: 13801 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave, TX 78738
When: July 4-5, $25 for one day, $40 for two days
So, go out and enjoy the city! Native Austinite or visitor for the day, this Fourth of July is surely to be the sunniest, yummiest, "weirdest" holiday yet! And in the words of Lana del Rey, "be young, be dope, be proud: like an American!"
Posted 02 July 2014
"Have you seen these part-dachshund, part-unicorn onesies??" Kierra, our Brand Manager here at ESPEROS, shouts from the other side of the store. She is hidden behind racks of "Austin, Texas" t-shirts and tribal looking tank tops.
I graze my fingers over dainty necklaces with paper plane charms and gold replicas of this proud state of ours. My eyes pan over an assortment of crafts and treasures, all Texas-made, and I am filled with the wonder that only South Congress shops can fill you with.
"We are among our peers, when it comes to other small businesses. We have all experienced the same growing pains. SoCo wasn’t this nuts when it opened, so it is good to have someone to relate too," Lizelle Villapando, founder of Parts and Labour, said of other stores on South Congress. "We all have the same sense of love. They are all independent restaurants and shops, working hard, working for themselves, offering something genuine. And I want to think that we are like that too."
Lizelle founded the store with Talena Rasmussen in 2004 in order to house their own hand-made items.
“My business partner and I were hand-making stuff. She and I were crafting and selling things in a vintage store called New Bohemia, which we later bought out. We had 8 straight racks that we could fill. She and I were making skirts, aprons from 60's patterns ...etc. We were really picking momentum," she said. “We were experiencing issues because of the differences between second hand and hand made."
Lizelle explained there was a need to differentiate between hand-made and vintage items, and it was difficult with them on the racks together. So, they opened up shop next door.
“It was a young, enthusiastic learning curve,” she said, explaining that running the shop took away their time to sew- all of their time.
“It really snowballed. The store got too busy and our handmade started to slip. Eventually, when we ended up buying New Bohemia, the sewing time got replaced by buying vintage."
Now, they house others' hand-crafted items, but hope to someday get back to the art of crafting themselves. For the time being, they provide a home for other crafters.
"We became the den-mom for other vintage buyers and crafters," said Lizelle with a laugh.
In fact, Lizelle said this was one of her favorite parts of the job.
"The thing that makes me not burn out is I feel like I am working for you guys. My job is to make everybody aware of you guys. I’m really bad at self-promoting the store, but I can tell you all day long about Jessica and her porcelain or ESPEROS and your mission. I can brag about people that I love. I want to make you guys’ hard work pay off as much as possible."
Lizelle even had her ESPEROS bag in the office with her! She said she is still using her Everyday Tote from the first shipment of bags that Parts and Labour received. She said her other favorite product was the Market Tote.
When asked about her favorite product in the store at the moment (besides the ESPEROS bags of course!) she showed us a little porcelain dish, which she was actually buying for herself.
"I like that it looks like pencil cause its this soft grey. She is a local maker, and I have a mug from her as well. So laborious. Definitely a labor of love," said Lizelle. "I don’t really buy stuff from the shop that much, but there is this texas ring….I wasn’t born in Texas, so it is a strange, big deal to me to have a Texas ring. But, I guess Texas is my home now. I’ve lived in Austin half of my life!"
There are a multitude of Texas-shaped, Texas-themed, Texas-made products in the store, which is why ESPEROS fits in to well on the homey, whimsical walls of Parts and Labour.
Posted 01 July 2014
Us too, man, us too.
Look at that flexibility.
Pug-face + Kanye body. All that needs to be said.
Let us know what makes you feel like a million bucks! Or what makes you feel like a pug. pretty much the same thing.
Posted 27 June 2014
Exciting things are happening here at ESPEROS! These products are coming soon! We can't wait!!!
Our Classic Backpack has gotten a facelift with new, poppin' colors!
Our newest installment: Laptop and iPad/Tablet cases! Keep all your tech devices safe and looking sleek.
Keep your eyes pealed for more products, set to be released this summer! We want your feedback!!! Let us know what you think!
Posted 27 June 2014
While some items in your closet are simply just for style, here are some companies whose products tell a tale all their own. Out of Print and Bucketfeet aim to promote the love of literature and art, while giving back to the community.
Out of Print
Out of Print Clothing sells t-shirts, bags, and other various products with beautiful cover illustrations of great works of literature. Through their partner, Books for Africa, they are able to donate a book to a community in need for each product sold.
Each product is treated to feel soft and worn "like a well-read book." With over a hundred book titles to choose from, and products of all types, you can spread the joy of reading in your own unique way!
Here actress Emma Watson is sporting one of Out of Prints most popular products! So, head on over to the library...uh, I mean, Out of Print website and browse their selection! Help promote the love of literature around the world!
Bucketfeet celebrates, art, creation, and beauty...printed on a shoes. More than 2000 artists (painters, tattoists, illustrators, grafitti artists, writers, etc.) in more than 35 countries have join the movement and contribute to the brand.
Each shoe is made of printed canvas and massage bubble inserts for comfort. Everyone can enjoy a piece or print that they love and find beautiful, on the very own two feet!
They aim to highlight the universality and accessibility of art, in order to bring people together...in style! Check out their prints and products on their website!
Posted 26 June 2014
Today in the office we are cheering on Team USA as loud as we can! With so much FIFA World Cup Action, it's hard to focus on anything else!
Today we are...
Laughing at this:
How are you celebrating freedom today? Let us know!
Posted 26 June 2014
Overalls are no longer just for little kids!
These fun one-pieces are back, and while some fashionistas shun the trend, we love it! They are comfy and cute (and go perfectly with our canvas bags!).
Khaki gives the piece a unique edge, while a dress variation is a more playful take on the look!
Our personal favorites, if you really want to branch out with this trend, are the nearly white and the ultra-long. We love the flirty vibe of the white, while the long really make a dramatic statement.
Let us know what you think! How do you are wear overalls?
Posted 25 June 2014
In search of some new apps to spice up the home page of your phone? Buuut are you trying to avoid difficult programs that will overcomplicate your life? Here a few of the simplest and most fun tech-suggestions for you! These apps may be pointless, time-wasting, and even just utterly stupid, but boy do we love them.
Posted 23 June 2014
Posted 20 June 2014
Your weekend just got a little more exciting.
Solstice Music Celebration features over 140 concerts on 35 stages around Austin, this Saturday, June 21. All completely free.
With concert venues everywhere from Congress and Rainey and North Austin to South Austin, there will not be a shortage of (did we say "free"?) tunes anywhere you go! Concerts will even be taking place in our home at Chicon Collective!
One of our friends and brand ambassadors, Matt, who you may have see biking with his ESPEROS backpack every day, works with Solstice and will be featured!
Hope to see you jamming out this weekend! We are celebrating with 800 cities around the globe...are you ready for a worldwide music celebration?
Ready, set, Solstice!
Posted 20 June 2014
Loud music, big smiles, the sounds of banging and tinkering from behind the counter. Aaron Goeth is hunched over a bike, wrench in hand, cranking away at one of the wheels. His sister, a tiny redhead, hops down from the counter she is perched on and comes prancing up. "Hey! What can we do for ya?"
I do not remember how to ride a bike. Yeah, yeah, yeah I know, "It's like riding a bike; you never forget!" I hear it all the time. Ask any of my friends: they will respond to you with an endless slew of jokes about my inability to pedal on a bike. I'm as foreign to the contraption as a person could be. Yet I immediately felt at ease here in this place full of bikes. I was feeling (could it be?) almost at home in a shrine to the very vehicle I feared! What?!
Apparently, I am Windmill's ideal customer.
Him: We try and have a conversation instead of being like, "Here's your bike, get out!"
Her: We try to be intentional. We try to be different than any other bike shop. My ideal customer is a woman who just had a baby who wants to ride her bike to the grocery store and hasn't ridden a bike since she was eleven.
Him: We don’t really go for "bike rides;" we use it as a tool, as a commuter. Austin is a performance bike town, not a commuter bike town, and there are excellent shops all around for performance.
Her: So that is part of the under-serviced type of person we want to help. That is who we want to be.
Their desire to help first-time and timid riders comes from a very personal place. Sarah, as shorter, younger woman, always felt looked down upon when trying to find a bike.
Her: Aaron would say, "Go in other bike shops and see how they treat you: see if they treat you like you don’t know what you are talking about, see if they hit on you, see if they even talk to you."
Him: Even when she knew as much, if not much more, than they did, and would name two parts, sometimes people would still ask, “Are you sure that’s what you mean?”
Her: We want to help people who are short, people who have never ridden, women. We want to be un-intimidating. That's how the shop Aaron worked in before, Manifesto, was...
Windmill was born as a "bribe," according to Aaron. Their mother wanted them back home.
Her: He was working Manifesto out in Oakland. Could we call them a sister shop? Or more of a parent shop.
Him: They are still a parent shop for us!
Her: They are wonderful, and they give us a lot of advice. Anyway we were out there, but...
One day he called me and was like, "Mom wants me to open a bike shop in Austin, and...well, I need you to run it while I work on bikes."
Him: We starting talking about it and were like, "This could be fun!" I don't know if it is fun yet. It’s a lot of work. (He laughs).
Her: There are parts that are fun... talking to customers... But running a business is hard work: you can't separate any part of life from it.
The two almost finished each other's sentences. On the subject of separating parts of life, I asked about running a business with your sibling.
Him: We kind of cheat because we have gotten along better than any siblings I have ever known.
Her: We have lived together, been in bands together…but we have totally different skills sets, and our work doesn’t overlap.
Him: She's seven years younger than me, and I left home around 16, so we didn’t have a lot of exposure with each other before...
They bonded when he used to take her on camping excursions. She laughed and said that he would just tell their mom, "We are leaving!"
Him: You only almost died like 5 times. Remember when you fell in the river?
The two laugh and reminisce some more about their childhood. They grew up spending time on their great-grandparents homestead in Bexar County. The house was built in 1927, but it was made from old wood from another property built in 1880.
Him: And then I rebuilt it again... and again… and again… I go to nail in the boards and they are rock hard because they are so old.
A windmill on the hill of the property, "Gramp's Windmill" as they call it, inspired the name...and the ideals of the shop.
Her: We wanted it to be an image of home. It was one of the singular images we knew best. It’s not related to bikes, so we were pretty set on it not just being a bike shop, but being a place for people to hold events, sell jewelry, bags, etc. But it is a bike shop at its core. That’s what Aaron knows best, and I know Microsoft excel.
And that is how ESPEROS ended up as one of the items in the store that doesn't have wheels. Sitting proudly next to other home-y items, the bags blend in well with the atmosphere of the store: Austin-based, Austin-bred.
Her: We wanted the shop to be “Texan.” We are 7th generation Texans: our family fought in the Alamo
Him: Those windows on the wall are from a second remodel of the house in the 30’s, when they put in decent windows.
Her: We have horseshoes and these windows from the house, and we have chandelier to put up eventually. Aaron still drives Gramp's truck, you’ve probably seen it around: it has a big Texas flag on the side.
Him: There's this super famous BMX rider in town who blogged it, and it got like 50,000 views.
Her: Not the first vehicle we have painted the Texas flag on…we did it on my bus!
Him: The star was the hardest part. We were sitting on top of a Walmart parking lot painting a Texas flag on the top.
Her: We had protractors and calculators, putting my math degree to use. (She laughs.)
When I asked if they had a favorite bike in the store, they lit up. The are passionate about each brand, each bike.
Her: Once we finally found brands that could fit me as a rider, that’s who we would carry.
Him: Obviously we are choosing things on aesthetics and looks and bikes for commuting, but it is also based on relationships (with the vendors).
Her: I don’t really have a favotire bike because so much of what we do is customization, no bike we sell is the same.
Him: We have people call and say, "How did you do that to that bike?"
Brittany, who works in Windmill, said that watching people choose was her favorite part. "It's always such a reflection of their personality," she said.
Are you looking for a new ride? Or do you just want to know more about Windmill? Check them out at their website for more information, pricing, and rentals. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates and more fun photos of their team and their rides.
Posted 20 June 2014
With all the World Cup hype, tensions (and soccor balls!) are flying! The game is exciting, fast, and internationally loved. Take a look to see what one movement is doing to ensure that kids everywhere can play the game.
Posted 19 June 2014
Need help picking out an outfit? Not sure how to wear your favorite ESPEROS bag?
We have joined Polyvore, and are creating looks for every bag, every occasion, and every person!
Clove Craving: The perfect day-look!
Olive ya!: looking for a way to dress up your Classic Backpack?
You Are My Sunshine: Your beach bag!
But First, Espresso: Loungin' around before a day of errands? Your bag is ready to tag
along with you!
Check out more looks like these at our profile.
Let us know what kind of looks you want to see!
Posted 18 June 2014
Laughing hard at this....
Posted 17 June 2014
There are chocolate chip cookies in the office today.
It's lunchtime and, obviously, our minds are only on one thing: