The Thing Is Boutique is the “Gem of the Hill Country” when it comes to boutiques. Located in Mason, Texas just outside of Fredericksburg you will find a wonderful shop with a unique assortment of wearable art, classy designer clothing, jewelry, footwear, paintings, sculptures and more. It’s all about you here – what you want, what you need, what makes you feel really, really good.
We love Texas and USA-made and designed apparel and artwork and our selection is exquisite. Take Monika Astara, clothing designer and artist located in Austin, Texas. To Monika it’s all about comfort, personality and style. Her clothing lines are absolutely delicious.
Local designer, Patrice Searsy with P.S. Just for You joined us about year ago and her clothing designs are a big hit! She puts her whole heart into her work and it shows.
Do you love silks? New Braunfels fiber artist Leila Reynolds creates custom pieces for our boutique that are just luscious. Somehow Leila manages to put colors you only see in your wildest dreams onto luscious, flowing silk and silk chiffon scarves, ruanas and tanks.
The list continues with Dilemma‘s artist-inspired apparel. Bright, colorful and elegant jackets, big shirts, ruanas kabukis, vests, and more will make you feel like a princess. If you want to make an entrance….just try on one of these beauties! They’re fabulous for weddings, holiday and cocktail parties, class reunions — any special event where you want to WOW everyone!
Lyng Designs comes to us from Lynn Ingle in Bali. Lynn is originally from Louisiana but over the years has lived in some really special countries and has for the past 20 years found herself unable to break away from the beauty and culture of Bali. She received her art degree in Houston and became so intrigued by the batik of Bali — which is where it originated — that she learned from the local people how do it. And, now she personally brings her amazing designs to life in her fabulous clothing designs. I am very thankful that she found us — I’ll always remember the cold, dark winter day that she walked in my door with her colorful, refreshing Spring/Summer line. I needed her at that very moment and didn’t realize it! What a blessing!
Lisette L Pant-alons — the most FABULOUS pair of slacks, capris, or shorts you will ever own. Great for any occasion and they travel like a dream. I like to think of them as our “magic pants.”
Then there are jeans. We found PERFECT jeans for women who have been out of college for many several years but want to feel sexy and appropriate all at the same time! Our confidential size and fit consulting will make you feel great. NYDJ heads up our list of jeans you have to own because you will look amazing – coming and going! But if NYDJ isn’t your speed, try our JAG jeans. The JAGs we carry have no button or zipper so they make for a smooth front — no extra bulges where we don’t need them!
We carry bags from Baggallini. Originally designed by two flight attendants, the Baggallini line is lightweight and makes life easy! To quote them — “Order. Beauty. And the freedom that comes from knowing everything is in its place.” These bags will take you from daytime to evening to travel. You’ll always know where everything is and NEVER have to carry anything through the airport again!
Another of our Texas designers is Nona Peterson. This little gal designs and makes bags of all shapes and sizes. All are very feminine, frilly and FUN! If you’ve never seen Nona’s Ladies Handbags please do drop in and see them. They make a wonderful accessory for you or one of your favorite sisters, daughters, aunts, mothers or friends.
The newest handbag collection available is from Maruca. This line comes to us from Boulder, Colorado. There is an in-house designer who comes up with fabulous textile prints. The fabrics are then made domestically and shipped back to Maruca where they are all hand-crafted.
And, you won’t want to miss our shoes from Wolky and Vionic ( previously known as Orthaheel and Dr. Weil brands). Did I tell you about comfortable and sexy? You’ll want more than just one pair!
Nestled in fabulous vintage cases just waiting for you to come and pluck them up is handmade jewelry from metalsmiths Lisa Weber of Silvervine in Pennsylvanis, Claire Sommers Buck from Austin, Nan Loeffler from London, and Karen Meador from San Marcos to name a few.
Our newest jewelry designer, Kay Knight of Kay Knight Designs has bestowed upon us a treasure chest of pearls and sapphires. I feel like a pirate with a treasure chest! Where is Johnny Depp when you need him and his wardrobe?! Kay loves designing pieces with her clients so if you have a piece you’ve been wanting to have made, by all means contact the boutique and we’ll make it happen!
We are very proud to have bronze, stone & alabaster sculptures from Texas-born award winning sculptor Irene “Cookie” McCoy from Boerne. Cookie is comfortable working with clay, stone and bronze. And, each piece holds a special meaning to her. Cookie’s art studies include Texas A&M University at Kingsville, Trinity University, Texas Tech University and several years of study with Luis Guzman at the Southwest Craft Center in San Antonio. She also acknowledges her studies with Phil Evett and Rockman Ulmer as major factors in her art. Her works are regularly displayed at exhibits in several museums, galleries and invitational shows throughout Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, and she has shown her work at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland and the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin. Her artwork has won many awards over the last 30 years including Texas Medical Association’s Annual Art Exhibition, the Texas Hill Country Invitational and other shows in Lubbock and Snyder. A special tribute for Cookie came when San Antonio Mayor, Henry Cisneros selected one of her small stone figures to present as a gift from the citizens of San Antonio to the citizens of Kumamoto, its Japanese Sister City.
More background information on our artists forthcoming.
o, the next time you find yourself buzzin’ through Mason, drop by The Thing is Boutique. Making new friends is what it’s all about. We’ll make you feel so right at home you’ll want to stay forever!
“Be who you are…Wear what you love”