11 Questions with Selenia Rios from Traveller Denim Co. in Austin, TX

You can’t deny people are awesome. Who doesn’t like sitting down with good friends to ask them interesting, insightful, and funny questions? That’s what 11 Questions is for. I’ll be featuring some friends I look up to as well as people within the community I’ve always wanted to get to know. Let’s get started!


We're taking 11 Questions on the road this week. I was photographing in Austin and wanted to find someone to be on the blog. Knowing Austin is a mecca for all things weird and creative I knew it wouldn't be hard. That's where Selenia Rios comes in. Selenia is half the driving force behind Traveller Denim Co. Traveller makes jeans the way things should be made. By hand with care. They produce each pair in Austin with special consideration to quality. Every detail is thought about, from where materials are sourced to the little features that make their jeans stand out. It was great talking with Selenia and making a new friend. Stop by their shop next time you're in Austin. They'd love to see you.

Who do you look up to?

I look up to my business partner Erik Untersee for being the hardest working man I know...he is n charge of all of Travellers production and manufacturing and keeps the heart and soul of our company alive.

Do you have a favorite book or album?

Damn! Super hard question! I love books and music so much...my favorite book would have to be The Most Beautiful Woman in Town by Charles Bukowski. It's a super dark and intense compilation of short stories. I'm generally a happy, positive person but this book is just a great way to escape and explore the mind of one of my favorite writers. An album that changed my life would have to be hands down Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest. These guys are just brilliant musicians and every time I've seen them play it brings me to tears. Also Bon Iver, For Emma Forever Ago..we had the opportunity to give Justin Vernon and his new band Volcano Choir jeans in exchange for a song and it was hands down the best experience of my life. Great guys.

Favorite place to eat in Austin?

My favorite place has got to be Taco Mex. It's a tiny little taco stand on the eastside and I always get Migas breakfast tacos with their chipotle ranch sauce...so damn good...erryday!


If you could mate two different species of animals what would they be?

A cat and a dog....love them both but this super species would be the snuggliest dog/cat ever and totally independent like a cat. Also it would have a tiny cat head and a bulldog body.

What gives you inspiration?

All of the incredible makers and artists here in Austin. We have such a supportive community of small business and craftspeople. When times are hard and we feel like quitting...our fellow makers in town remind us that our community is different and special and we have to keep the local makers movement alive. These amazing, creative people inspire me everyday to keep the dream alive.

If you had a chance to live in a different decade, what decade would you choose?

I think I would choose being in my 30s in the late 60s early 70s....so I could've seen all the amazing bands.


What in your personal life has influenced you to choose your career?

I've always been an artist for passion. I never thought it would lead me to a career. Working for myself is probably the hardest and best thing I've ever done. I wouldn't change it! Being able to control the quality of everything we put out and making those special relationships with our clients makes this career and all the long hours worth it.

How do you balance your personal and professional life?

Hahaha....currently this doesn't happen. Check back in 5 years:) For right now drinks every Saturday at Yellow Jacket Social Club does the trick.


Is there anything you haven't done yet that you feel compelled to achieve in the future?

My future goal is to design a boutique hotel with a Traveller/Traveler aesthetic. American rustic, warm, and a home away from home. We travel a lot and its always been a dream to design a perfect stay cation spot in Austin.

What are your other interests?

Music...going to shows and collecting records is my favorite thing ever. I live and breathe my music collection.

What rejuvenates you?

See above:) Also walking on town lake on a gorgeous day and yoga if I can squeeze it in!