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Hit these top Austin shops for some international flair

Hit these top Austin shops for some international flair

Nannie Inez store Austin
Nannie Inez's midcentury-inspired designs Nannie Inez/Facebook
Mercury store coin purses in Austin shopping
Coin purses, Mercury Photo by Clarisa Ramirez
African beads Mercury shop Austin
African bead necklaces, Mercury Photo by Clarisa Ramirez
Nannie Inez Austin shop
Some of Nannie Inez's unique household items Nannie Inez/Facebook
Maga la Boheme store Austin
Bohemian style at Maga la Boheme Maga la Boheme/Facebook
Sunroom Austin shop
Sculptural table and chairs at Sunroom Sunroom/Facebook
Blankets at Austin shop Mercury
Blankets, Mercury Photo by Clarisa Ramirez
Sunroom shop Austin
Sunny Sunroom boutique Sunroom/Facebook
Kick Pleat shop Austin
Kick Pleat is popular with Europhiles. Kick Pleat/Facebook
Nannie Inez room shop Austin
Cosmopolitan store Nannie Inez Nannie Inez/Facebook
Kickpleat shop Austin
Variety on offer at Kick Pleat Kick Pleat/Facebook
Maga la Boheme store Austin
Maga la Boheme Maga la Boheme/Facebook
Nannie Inez shop Austin furniture
Nannie Inez offers a blend of clean and cozy styles. Nannie Inez/Facebook
Sunroom shop Austin
Blankets and pillows at Sunroom Sunroom/Facebook
Maga la Boheme store Austin
The international chic of Maga la Boheme Maga la Boheme/Facebook
Mercury shop sign Austin
 Mercury's international imports keep you coming back. Photo by Clarisa Ramirez
Maga la Boheme store Austin
Unique items at Maga la Boheme Maga la Boheme/Facebook
Sunroom Austin shop skirts
Woven skirts at Sunroom Sunroom/Facebook
Nannie Inez store Austin
Mercury store coin purses in Austin shopping
African beads Mercury shop Austin
Nannie Inez Austin shop
Maga la Boheme store Austin
Sunroom Austin shop
Blankets at Austin shop Mercury
Sunroom shop Austin
Kick Pleat shop Austin
Nannie Inez room shop Austin
Kickpleat shop Austin
Maga la Boheme store Austin
Nannie Inez shop Austin furniture
Sunroom shop Austin
Maga la Boheme store Austin
Mercury shop sign Austin
Maga la Boheme store Austin
Sunroom Austin shop skirts

Tired of the same-ol’ shops that sell the same stuff purchased at market? Change up your style by visiting these local boutiques that carry a variety of imports from as far away as Japan, Argentina and Denmark.

Sunroom

This new kid on the block is filled with unique fashion and housewares for both men and women that will get people asking, “Where in the world did you get that?” Owner Lucy Jolis stocks independent labels from New York and California, along with imports from around the globe, lending a modern bohemian vibe to the tiny shop. “It’s timeless stuff I like,” Jolis says. A groovy chair made with plant fibers by Leon Leon (Mexico) sits in the corner across from an assortment of woven pillows (Morocco, Turkey) and Turkish bath towels that are light enough to be worn as a wrap. You’ll also find embroidered leather dog collars (Argentina), kente cloth bowties (Ghana) and woven Bone & Stone men’s shorts (Guatemala) that could be worn on the beach or, well, anywhere in Austin.

Nannie Inez

“It’s Scandinavian design meets Japanese simplicity,” says Nannie Inez owner Deeyn Rhodes, describing the printed polyester trash containers by OYOY (Denmark) she sells. The same phrase could be used to describe her one-year-old shop, filled with the next midcentury-inspired housewares and home accessories, evolved for the current millennium. Rhodes favors European designers you won’t find easily in Texas. She sells colorful nesting trays that you can mix and match like a puzzle made by Hay (Denmark), cushions with whimsical geometric designs by Donna Wilson (United Kingdom), cute notebooks by Noritake (Japan) and socially conscious bath products by Stop the Water While Using Me! (Germany). Why would you ever go to IKEA again?

Kick Pleat

Europhiles love Kick Pleat. It’s one of Austin’s standbys for that outfit you want to wear, like, tonight. Owner Wendi Koletar keeps her racks freshly filled with simple, ready-to-wear pieces, such as Sophie D’Hoore’s (Belgium) gorgeous yet minimal shift dresses, trendy coats by Sisii (Japan) and sexy leather pants made by Acne (Sweden). Kick Pleat also carries some unusual finds: on a recent trip to France, Koletar picked up several authentic vintage army jackets and sold them each for a mere $180. This spring, expect to see new lines by PB 0110 (Germany), Studio Nicholson (United Kingdom) and Marlota (Spain) — just to name a few designers Koletar deems cool for 2014.

Mercury Design Studio

Mercury is known locally for its sophisticated gifts, furnishings and unique accessories — but it’s the shop’s international imports that keep us coming back. Where else in Austin will you find a midcentury Danish chair covered with Tibetan lamb’s wool? Right now we’re loving Mercury’s baroque African ceremonial beads, gorgeous Bengali quits made with a kantha running stitch and tiny metallic coin purses from Venice, made by the same company for 150 years.

Maga La Boheme

How do hip young women from South America dress? Step inside Maga La Boheme to find out. Austin transplant Mariela Webber, who opened the store in January, carries several lines from her native country, Argentina, as well as from Brazil and the United States. It’s “city style” clothing for women, Webber says, with a twist of rock and roll. Think short, colorful and sequined dresses paired with chunky jewelry and leather accessories. This fall she has sweet frocks by Zinco do Brazil and Moreno Rosa (Brazil), bohemian leather bags by Peppina (Argentina) and lots of silver jewelry from Buenos Aires that you can imagine Stevie Nicks wearing. We’re looking forward to trying on sumptuous leather jackets Webber hopes to bring in this fall.