Made on MVY: Austin Designs

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Austin Designs is an independent company owned by Rachel Austin Baumrin, designer and builder of handmade goods. Each piece is a unique, original work, featured on-Island from mid-November through Christmas at the Vineyard Artisans Thanksgiving show, and holiday show; the Vineyard Holiday Gift Shop in Vineyard Haven; Featherstone Center for the Arts Holiday gift show; the Island-Made Holidays co-op at Alleys Farm Stand, Christmas in Edgartown; and, new this year, at the Boston Christmas Festival, Nov. 2 to 4, and the Wellesley Marketplace Holiday Gift show on Nov 17.

Rachel was educated in the fashion and costume design fields “as a young lady,” and she returned to the sewing machine to create beautiful handcrafted products, including 100 percent organic herbal eye pillows, heat packs, and pocket pods filled in her West Tisbury studio.

Austin Designs was established in 2001 with a focus on hand-stitched beadwork. In 2017, Rachel began distributing her organic herbal line off-Island; it can be found in over 18 shops throughout New England and New York.

Visit Austin Designs’ website to learn more about Rachel’s shops, shows, and events (including at Vineyard Artisans, Chilmark Flea Market, and Featherstone Center for the Arts.) austindesignsmv.com; Facebook at austindesignsmv, and Instagram at austindesignsmv.