After a Fashion
Your Style Avatar takes you on a tour of two local, innovative businesses: Cush Cush and Big Red Sun.
HOUSE BEAUTIFUL Textures that beg to be stroked and caressed, color that comes alive in breathtakingly luxurious and sensual fabrics that span centuries of style, spectacular trims spangled with crystal, feathers, beads and fur, and tassels that might have come from an exotic harem tent all these and more are hallmarks of Stephanie Moore's exquisite taste. Moore and partners own Cush Cush (916-A W. 12th, 478-CUSH), one of the most divinely original shops that Austin has to offer. Selling the aforementioned fabrics and trims, Cush Cush also has a full-service workroom that creates tablecloths, shower curtains, lampshades, drapes, and pillows, as well as bedding with matching upholstered headboards. In addition, they do commercial interior work, having provided upholstery and window treatments to such establishments as the Red Fez. They will not only custom-design for you, but offer a selection of ready-made goods, too. Moore's background is in fashion; she studied in Paris, with a focus on fabric design, and has also produced her own line of accessories, but has never done retail before. The essential component in everything she pursued was magnificent fabric, and so it seems a likely evolution that she would wind up as a purveyor of such goods. No matter how confident you are of what you want when you walk in to Cush Cush, you can be sure your head will be turned by the dazzling array in front of you, and suddenly, you're considering possibilities you never dreamed of. The selection is that fabulous. And the merchandising that displays the goods beckons you to come closer, whispering conspiratorially in your ear, "Touch me! Touch me!" From antique sari fabrics and trim, to classic upholstery goods with thoroughly modern treatments, to diaphanous sheers, Moore's vision encompasses a broad range; only the finest and most unusual within that range will do. The store's stock has continued to grow and change, as have the customers themselves. Definitely not to-the-trade-only, Cush Cush attracts the most innovative apparel designers and seamstresses in town, along with interior designers and regular folks, too, who want to add a splash of luxury to their surroundings.