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Written by on Sunday, August 28, 2016
Western Design Conference 2016

The Finest in Functional Western Art

The Western Design Conference take place September 8 - 11 at the Snow King Center in Jackson, Wyoming, and I am looking forward to another exceptional exhibition! The Western Design Conference encompasses all aspects of the best in Western design, from American craft, to home design, to fashion. It is always inspiring to see and experience.

The Western Design Conference kicks off on Thursday evening, September 8 with the Opening Preview Party and Fashion Show. Throughout the evening guests will have the opportunity to view award winning craft, meet the artists, walk through the Designer Show House, and experience a Runway Fashion Show and a live Western Design Conference auction.

The Western Design Conference Exhibition + Sale takes place Friday September 9 - Sunday September 11. Over 130 national artists will be presenting contemporary and traditional handcrafted, original creations of furniture, fashion, jewelry, and accessories for the home. This will be my sixth visit to the conference. I am looking forward to seeing several artisans I know, in addition to meeting talented artists and designers I do not know.

Award winning fashion designer Meredith Lockhart of Meredith Lockhart Collections (left) creates Western inspired fine leather and natural fiber one-of-a-kind pieces. She has recently begun collaborating with a group of select artists to create new and exciting fashions, jewelry, accessories and sculptures. It will be exciting to see the results of their efforts!

Kathleen Brannon of Desert Sage Bead Art creates one-of-a-kind beaded bracelets and belts (center). She builds each intricately designed piece one at a time in her Northern Nevada studio. Although Kathleen is well known for her superb beaded jewelry, this will be her first appearance at the Western Design Conference.

Caryl and Cheryl Wilson are the Idaho based twin sisters behind Wild Instincts (right, photo by Diana Volk). They create one-of-a-kind hand crafted Western leather wear out of deer, elk, and exotic leathers, including vests, skirts, dresses, chaps, and handbags. Recently they have added handcrafted silver jewelry to their line. This will be their second appearance at the Western Design Conference, and their business has expanded quite a bit in the last year.

The Western Design Conference is open to the public and tickets for the Exhibit + Sale are only $15. Tickets to the Opening Preview Party start at $50. Visit the Western Design Conference website for more information and to purchase tickets online.

Meredith Lockhart Collections Desert Sage Bead Art Wild Instincts

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides designers, manufacturers and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategies, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.

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Written by on Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Patricia Wolf Hats

Perfect Summer Toppers

During the heat of the summer, a stylish hat is a must have, and Patricia Wolf has got you covered! The well known American lifestyle designer offers a wide variety of straw hats on her website, featuring brightly colored hatbands and trims. You are certain to find a style and color that works for you!

The Gus Hat is a popular style in the Patricia Wolf line, and it is one of my personal favorites. The Patricia Wolf Chili Serape Gus Hat (left, $178.00) is made of palm leaf straw with a chili Serape hatband and German silver conchos. The hat is finished off with a hand laced deerskin brim. I love the colorul serape band on this hat!

If you love turquoise, you need to check out the Patricia Wolf Turquoise Braided Band Gus Hat (center, $178.00). This palm leaf straw hat features a turquoise braided hatband with berry conchos and a hand laced deerskin brim. This hat would look fabulous worn with lots of turquoise jewelry!

If you are looking for a more funky style, take a look at the Patricia Wolf Turquoise Serape Firewater Hat (right, $178.00). This Palm Leaf Straw hat features a turquoise serape hatband, german silver conchos, colorful feathers and a hand laced deerskin brim. You will be noticed in this cool hat!

There are many more styles and colors of straws hats available now on the Patricia Wolf website. Head on over there to find your perfect summer topper!

Patricia Wolf Serape Gus Hat Patrcia Wolf Turquoise Braided Band Gus Hat Patricia Wolf Turquoise Serape Firewater Hats

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides manufacturers, designers, and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategies, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.

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Written by on Sunday, June 12, 2016
Brit West Summer Fashions

Cottage Craft Style

Most likely you are familiar with Brit West's line of jewelry, belts, hats and hatbands. However, did you know that she also creates beautiful dresses, vests, and coats? Brit even has a lovely line of summer dresses and slips that are comfortable, cool, and romantic.

What could be better than a white cotton dress on a hot Summer day? Brit West's Summer Slip (left, $148) works as a tank dress or as a layering piece under Brit's Summer Dress. It also looks fabulous with one of Brit's vests. It is made of Egyptian cotton trimmed with white Venetian lace, and it is meant to have a slightly oversized fit.

Brit West's Summer Dress (center, $198) is made of lightweight breathable linen trimmed in beautiful Venetian lace. You can wear it belted or loose as a dress, or as a tunic with jeans. This dress has a generous cut, and it is shown here with the Aspen Slip as an under layer.

Brit West's Aspen Slip (right, $188), like the Summer Dress, is made of lightweight linen trimmed with Venetian lace. Fun and flowing, it can be worn belted or loose. It also looks great worn with a vest or light jacket. Paired with the Summer Dress, it has even been worn as a wedding dress!

These fun dresses and slips are available now on the Brit West website, along with a large selection of hand crafted leather accessories and jewelry.

Brit West Summer Slip Brit West Summer Dress Brit West Aspen Slip

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides manufacturers, designers, and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategie, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.