Stef Skirt and crop top

On May 19th, 2016 I had the honor of meeting one of Austin’s local designers making waves in the sustainable fashion industry. S.t.e.f. is designed, painted, and handcrafted right here in Austin, Texas by designer Stepanie Montes and her seamstress Helen Vu.

Stef and her seamstress

Pictured: S.t.e.f Designer Stephanie Montes and her lead seamstress Helen Vu.


The event had a great turn out thanks to POM PR! Kiki Nass served delicious cocktails and pizza courtesy of Cantine.

Party vibes

Party guests mingle, shop, and enjoy bites and drinks courtesy of Cantine.


Party vibes 2

While Stephanie was very busy mingling with other shoppers, bloggers, and magazine editors, she took some time to say a few words about her line. Stephanie acknowledged the lack of attention on sustainable fashion in the fashion industry but more specifically stylish sustainable fashion.


Stef standing next to her trunk show

Pictured: Stephanie Montes wearing her own designs and showcasing her trunk show.


Her current collection reminds me of morocco and the Mediterranean. With ombre hand painted blue details on her skirts and clutches. And bright whites with crystallized druzy gems and laser cuts. I’d describe her line as clean and modern with a bright touch. The geometric patterns and a-lines pair well with the blue and white color scheme. I’m eager to see her expand into more apparel options as well as colors (I don’t do so well with white). While the pieces are handcrafted, they are well made. I only found minor details that distracted from an overall well made collection.

Stef Hand Dyed clutches

Stef Label closeup

Stef laser cut bracelet collection

Stef Bracelets

S.t.e.f by Stephanie Montes is made with materials ranging from 100% organic cotton, hemp, and re-purposed ‘vegan’ leather. I am excited to share one of Austin’s own eco-fashion pioneers and I am looking forward to more from this designer.

You can find S.t.e.f at Kiki Nass in Austin, Texas: 1100 S. Lamar Blvd.

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