Supply, a new showroom offering 40 independent lines of fabric, wallpaper, lighting, rugs and furniture, has opened in Austin, Texas. The store represents 30-plus independent designers and artists, among them Kufri Life of Dallas, Foundation of Los Angeles, Australia’s Rouse Phillips and London’s Abigail Borg.
Supply co-founder Callie Jenschke chatted with EAL about what she and fellow co-founders and former New Yorkers Kim West and Kristin Gish have learned about the local design scene in opening their new shop.
How is the design scene in Austin different from the scene in New York?
Austin’s design scene is burgeoning. This formerly sleepy city is booming with new arrivals from San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. We wanted to bring unique and forward-thinking designs to Austin to cater to this city’s changing tastes.
What are some of the brands/lines that you offer? Do you represent any local artisans?
Currently, we have over 40 independent lines that are exclusive to us in Texas. We represent wallpaper, fabric, furniture, leather and rugs, ranging from brands like Arjumand’s World to Madeline Weinrib and Texas artisans Stone Textile and Kufri.
Where did each of the founders work prior to relocating to Austin?
We are all former New Yorkers. Kim West was in fashion and worked at Marc Jacobs and Jil Sander for over 10 years. Kristin Gish designed her own accessories line called Kage Handbags and had a store on Irving Place, off Gramercy Park. I was co-founder of an interior design firm in NYC and I’m a former editor and prop stylist.
Are there any New York touches in the new showroom?
We’ve curated a mix of artists and designers from all over the world, including favorites from Brooklyn and the city.