It’s impossible for me to label Las Cruxes solely as a boutique. That’d be limiting our vision, and there’s more depth to it.

Coming from the underground music and art community as a teenager, I had decided Las Cruxes would be a place where I can support my peers and offer an open space for creatives and guests to express themselves unhindered by expectations and censorship. A place for experimentation; a place where the unusual as well as the typical is appreciated and embraced.

Secondly, as a first generation Mexican-American, having a Spanish name was an important nod to my cultural background and how deeply proud I am of that. Las Cruxes derives from the Spanish word “las cruces”, which translates to the crosses or crossings. Years later, I realize how fitting it is to the idea of what Las Cruxes has become: the culmination of all things that have and continue to inspire me; where Art, Fashion, Music and Culture intersect. All these movements feed off and inspire the other, creating a symbiotic relationship under the same creative umbrella.

I knew I wanted a clothing store, an art gallery, a record store, a book store, a community space to host events, all in one. And I’ve always believed we can make that space a reality. Las Cruxes is a boundless platform that can evolve day-to-day and be a place of multi-faceted offerings. It’s opening a door to our curiosity, to ask: "What is it? Why is it?" and delve into those questions. There’s an intent behind every object, garment and art piece, waiting to be explored.

When someone enters the space and finds inspiration in a sculpture, the interior design, the colorful selection, or in the music we carry in-store or host on our radio program and actually have an experience…that's the most gratifying compliment for me.

Veronica Ortuño
Founder & Director

Lizet Ortuño
Store Manager & Founder of Mixtape Club

About: I'm a Psychology student in pursuit of a Master's in Social Work. My fiery personality is my greatest ally in executing my ambitious goals. I'm fascinated by the esoteric and the misunderstood, be it music, art, fashion, or culture. An ideal day for me would be biking to a large body of water, floating around, while being soundtracked by Can's Tago Mago.

Favorite aspect of your job: I not only enjoy being part of the community Las Cruxes has brought together, but I thoroughly love actively building it and uniting people. With Veronica's support and constant encouragement, I have founded the Las Cruxes Mixtape Club. The shop also hosts a women's group my friend and I organize and facilitate. It's pretty incredible to witness the shop transform from retail to a community space. Even if Las Cruxes cannot offer you something physically with shopping, you can feel leaving connected emotionally.

Who/What inspires you: My family, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, and WATER.

What are you reading: Become What You Are by Alan Watts, The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky

Recent discovery: Physically pushing myself in order to maintain a healthy mind. I swim and ride my bike daily. It has become a meditative ritual for me. In the last year I have found a love for reggae, dancehall, rock steady, and early dub. It not only relaxes me, but it quite literally lifts my mood. It's soul healing music.

Five tracks on your ideal mixtape:
The Gun Club - The Breaking Hands
Lucinda Williams - Sharp Cutting Wings
The Congos - Fisherman
Prince - I Would Die 4 U
Suicide - Surrender

Adrienne Greenblatt
Events Coordinator & Sales Associate

About: I was born in Reading, England in 1995, and lived briefly in Maryland before moving to the outskirts of Austin in 2000. I've worked at Las Cruxes for over two years. Within that time I graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Dance with a concentration in costuming. I'm an avid collector of records (the more random and unknown, the better), and a fashion fanatic. I love discovering new music, seeing movies at the Austin Film Society Cinema, going to museums, looking at pictures of cute animals on the internet and trying not to cry, painting, sketching, writing music, reading, sewing, baking, being vegan, and writing.

Favorite aspect of your job: I love being a part of this community space. Being at Las Cruxes has allowed me to branch out, grow my interests, and connect me to people that have similar interests to my own. I also love that I get to take an active role in bringing events to the public, from in-store performances of all sorts to parties where everyone can let loose and dance.

Who/What inspires you: I draw inspiration from all over the place: my coworkers, nature, architecture, music, food, poetry, film, and art. I think the artists that have been most influential on me and who I am today include Björk, Marina Abramović, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Rei Kawakubo, Nan Goldin, Lydia Lunch, Debbie Harry, Laurie Spiegel, Kate Bush, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Nobuyoshi Araki, Yukio Mishima, Sergei Parajanov, and Yayoi Kusama.

What are you reading: Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti, Maldoror and Poems by Comte de Lautréamont

Recent Discovery: Exercise is very important. My dog is not immune to the allergens in Austin.

Five tracks on your ideal mixtape:
Tomoko Aran - Body to Body
Bal Paré - Palais d'Amour
Croatian Amor & Lust for Youth - Prostitution
Coil - Ostia (the Death of Pasolini)
Nature and Organisation - Wicker Man Song

Carli Conner
Sales Associate

About: I'm a 22 year old with a grandma soul and a love for classic rock/anything 1970s! Currently, I am a senior at St. Edward's University majoring in Communication, with a focus in rhetorical and cultural studies, and minoring in Art History. You can almost always hear my laugh before you see me because I have an loud deep bellied snort but in my spare time I'm either doting on my tuxedo cat Boo Radley, diggin' for Fleetwod Mac records, or craving a good bowl of ramen (which is almost always).

Favorite aspect of your job: Meeting and connecting with the eclectic array of visitors that come through the store and artists who perform at our music events!

Who/What inspires you: Stevie Nicks!!
A good pair of overalls and some snazzy Roper boots
Any music I can dance to!
My gang of gal pals and basically all the bad a** women in my life!

What are you reading: Art on My Mind: Visual Politics by Bell Hooks

Recent discovery: Brussel sprouts (SPECIFICALLY the flash fried ones from Ramen Tatsu-ya)!!!!!!

Five tracks on your ideal mixtape:
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
David Bowie - Golden Years
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
The B-52's - Dance This Mess Around
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son

Kashton Kane
Sales Associate

About: Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii where I later moved to California to pursue a degree in Textile and Fashion Design in San Francisco. I'm Hawaiian, Irish, Filipino and Chinese and have a penchant for vintage fabrics and clothing, Japanese horror films, traveling, comics and dancing.

Favorite aspect of your job: I enjoy that everyday never feels the same and I'm constantly learning something new working here. Also, helping assist with styling for the online store, the beautiful atmosphere of the shop, merchandising and all of the amazing events that we hold in-store are a few of my favorites. I did just get to model with my boyfriend for the online store, so not only does my time get to contribute to a shop that I support, but also local artists and businesses that I also believe in. It all comes full circle, it's great!

Who/What inspires you: My Mother and Grandmother. They both are strong-willed, charismatic, confident and have a penchant for clothing and self-expression. They raised me to never take no for an answer and to always follow through with my dreams and aspirations in life.

What are you reading: The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron by Daniel Clowes and Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung.

Recent discovery: "Belladonna of Sadness", an animation film directed by Eiiche Yamamoto based on a peasant woman, Jeanne who's banished from her village and makes a deal with the devil to gain magical powers. What's most beautiful about the film is that it's all done in a Gustav Klimt inspired watercolor illustrations. Stunning!

Five tracks on your ideal mixtape:
Black Light Smoke - Lovework
Minako Yoshida - Midnight Driver
Soichi Terada & Shinichiro Yokota - Got To Be Real
Gry Bagøien - Signals
Ten City - That's The Way Love is (Deep House Mix)