Breakout Stars: Brian Crumley, Man of Many Media

Breakout Stars: Brian Crumley, Man of Many Media

It may cause more than a little befuddlement to think that the place that birthed Slacker and prides itself on its let-it-all-hang-out vibe could become the regular habitat of people who are influencing the national fashion scene, but several homegrown Austinites, in their own, industrious way, are setting the fashion agenda alongside the best in their fields.

Brian Crumley: Man of Many Media — Talk to most artists and they’ll tell you it was a struggle to find their voice, to uncover the one medium that best reveals their impressions of the world. Talk to Brian Crumley and you hear something else: that it can be difficult to juggle all the media vying in his mind to be expressed. An art director, sculptor, photographer, jewelry designer, videographer, and stylist, the 36-year-old and fifth-generation Texan gets noticed in whichever media he surfaces. Now focusing on jewelry and accessories design, Crumley returned to his hometown from New York two years ago to set up shop at the ARTPOST in East Austin. Italian Vogue, The New York Times, Marie Claire, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, French Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, and Time have featured his work in their pages, among other magazines. After living in New York for 14 years, Crumley began to miss Austin more and more each time he visited home. “Even just flying above New York I could feel the stress,” he recalls. “Something I really appreciate about Austin is that people are doing things, but people don’t take themselves so seriously that it’s their whole life. I like to have a little fun and relaxation in my life too.” He acknowledges that being a nationally recognized jewelry designer living in Austin can sometimes be difficult—it’s hard to source materials for his designs, while there’s an entire district in New York dedicated to that search—but he’s not returning to live in New York anytime soon. “I really like the authenticity of Austin,” Crumley says. “I grew up here. These are my people; this is my town. I feel very at home here.”