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Written by on Monday, August 25, 2014
Double D Ranch Fall 2014

All Roads Are Good

The Double D Ranch 2014 Fall Collection is called "All Roads Are Good", and it is about following your own road and being friends with those you meet along the way. This collection centers on four sentimental traditions represented by four distinct girls, Sweet Bird, Jesse, Jypsy, and Night Rider. While the girls each travel their own road, they merge together sharing their individual styles with each other, creating a lush fusion of folk and heritage.

Several pieces from the Double D Ranch Sweet Bird Collection are in arriving in stores now, and they are all gorgeous. The Sweet Bird Collection features rich colors such as Dijon, Spice, Twig, and Sable, details including fringe, beading, and raw edge leather, and graphics including rug patterns, feathers, and drums. I know you are going to love it as much as I do!

The Double D Ranch Sweet Bird Vest (left) is 100% Goat Suede in a color called Twig, with a linen back that includes an adjustable cinch. The vest features a beautiful beadwork design including birds, flowers, and vines in a variety of colors. The vest also includes silver concho buttons, beaded fringe on the pockets, and a suede tie closure. The lovely embroidered Adele Top (shown with the vest) will be also be arriving in stores soon.

The Double D Ranch Big Sky Blanket Top (center) is one of my favorite tops in the Fall collection. It is a Flax colored 100% cotton top showcasing a beautiful Aztec chevron design in shades of Spice, Olive, and Hickory. The chevron design features rows of green sead beads and embroidered stitching that extends down the sleeves and around the cuffs. The hem is a bit higher in the front, creating a high low silouette that is very flattering on everyone.

Like the Sweet Bird Vest, the Double D Ranch Plains Milkweed Jacket (right) is 100% Goat Suede in the color called Twig. It is a rich shade of brown that will look fabulous paired with all kinds of denim. It is a lightweight jacket with a matching suede belt that allows for a perfect fit. A colorful seed bead floral design drapes down the front and back of each shoulder featuring greens, reds, and blues. The classic shape of this jacket will make it a wardrobe staple for years to come!

These Double D Ranch Sweet Bird pieces and several others are available now on the Double D Ranch and Cowgirl Kim websites, with much more coming soon!

Double D Ranch Sweet Bird Vest Double D Ranch Big Sky Blanket Top Double D Ranch Plains Milkweed Jacket

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.

 

 
Written by on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The 2014 Western Design Conference

The Finest Western Design in the World

The Western Design Conference, held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, September 4 - 7, has become known as the world's preeminent exhibition of Western furniture, fashion, and accessories. It is also one of the signature events of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, and I look forward to it every year.

Earlier this year, Events Manager Allison Merritt acquired the Western Design Conference from Powder Mountain Press, LLC and the Jackson Hole News & Guide. She has expanded this year's show to include a Designer Show House, which will incorporate juried artisan pieces and custom interior design in a home environment, and "Retail Row," a secondary location sponsored by Cowboys & Indians Magazine, where some of the most sought after retailers will exhibit the most recent fashion trends.

As always, this year's Western Design Conference will feature an Opening Night Preview Party on Thursday evening, September 4th. However, this year's preview party is going to be bigger and better than ever! Guests will receive VIP early entry to the Exhibit + Sale, where they can meet this year's artisans and enjoy award winning culinary creations and signature cocktails during a festive night of shopping. Guests will also experience an up close and personal model jewelry + fashion show, be able to walk the Designer Show House, and participate in the Winners Circle Art Auction.

The Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale takes place at the Snow King Center, and it will be open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 5 - 7, from 10 AM - 5 PM. The artists who are selected to participate are challenged to create and exhibit their best work. These artisans have chosen to forego mass production in order the create one of a kind functional art pieces that bring the spirit of the West into the mainstream marketplace.

After attending the Conference for several years, I have gotten to know several of the artisans, all of whom are are extremely talented. I met Donna Merchant-Crooks at the show last year, and had the most wonderful time talking to her about her work as a wood carver and bronze sculptor.  I was completely entranced with her "Outlaw Chair" (below left), carved in cherry wood, which tells the story of a bank robbery. I was not at all surprised that this spectacular chair won "Western Spirit Award" last year.

I have known Deborah and Russell Shamah of Rendezvous West for several years now. Both Deborah and Russell create carved leather jewelry featuring sterling silver and beautiful semi-precious stones. Deborah also creates beautiful soft leather belts, and Russell is a very talented wood turner. The cuff bracelet (below center) is a brand new design featuring Spiny Oyster, Royston Turquoise, sterling silver, and Mule Ear Wildflower carving. Deborah and Russell are excited to bring an entire collection of new leather and wood creations to the Western Design Conference this year!

At last year's show I also met Chris Chapman of Chapman Design, Inc. Chris Chapman has been a leather craftsman for many years, and her leather bonded furniture is like nothing I have ever seen before. Her 17th Century Scottish Style Chest (detail featured below right) was built in the fashion of  the great Armour chests found in the stone hallways of Scottish and English castles. I could not stop admiring the spectacular design work on the full leather wrap exterior of this massive piece of functional art. Chris is very excited about this year's show, and will be exhibiting several of her beautiful furniture and home decor pieces in a larger booth.

The unique hand crafted products featured here are only a small sample of what you will be able to see and purchase at the 2014 Western Design Conference. The show is open to the public and tickets for the Exhibit + Sale are only $15. Tickets for the Opening Night Preview Party start at $50. Visit the Western Design Conference website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Donna Merchant-Crooks Outlaw Chair Rendezvous West Mule Ear Wildflower Carved Leather Cuff with Spiny Oyster and Royston Turquoise Chris Chapman Designs Scottish Style Carved Leather Chest Detail

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 awarness.

 
Written by on Monday, August 11, 2014
Schaef Designs Southwestern Charm Bracelets

One of a Kind Collectible Designs

If you love Native American and Southwestern jewelry, and are a fan of charm bracelets, I have a treat for you! Bobby Schaefer of Schaef Designs Jewelry has been creating some of the most spectacular Southwestern charm bracelets I have ever seen. I have wanted to feature them in my blog for quite some time. However, my favorite bracelets keep selling out right away. Fortunately, there are a few in stock right now. But I know they won't last for long!

All of Bobby Schaefer's charm bracelets are one of a kind pieces that feature Southwestern and Native American jewelry repurposed for her collectible designs. The Schaef Designs Reversible Denim Lapis Sterling Silver Bridle Rosette Charm Bracelet (left, $679) is a new design for her, in that it includes reversible charms! This is a three strand charm bracelet that features denim lapis, vintage white heart and trade beads, and stering silver charms. The center charm is a two sided Lapis Heart Charm made by Navajo Gary G Sanchez. The bracelet also features Bobby Schaefer's special two sided Mini Bridle Rosettes featuring Native American portraits on one side, two reversible square denim lapis cross charms, and two sterling silver squash blossom charms. I love the denim lapis stones paired with the vibrant red beads! This bracelet would look fabulous paired with all your denim clothes!

If you are a turquoise lover, then you must take a look at the Schaef Designs Turquoise & Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet (center, $749). This stunning bracelet features Dry Creek Kingman and Royston turquoise paired with old turquoise heishi and a heavy silver chain. The turquoise charms are by Rocki Gorman; the oval stamped conchos are by Vincent Platero; and the center turquoise star charm (reversible) was designed by Bobby Schafer and made by Gary G Sanchez. This beautiful bracelet is a true classic!

I love mixing turquoise with different shades of brown. And if you are like me, you will be very excited when you see the Schaef Designs Amber Turquoise & Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet (right, $549). This distinctive bracelet features Royston turquoise nuggets, amber nuggets, Navajo pearls, stamped Southwestern style beads, and a heavy sterling silver link chain to support the charms. The center charm is an amber and sterling silver pendant adorned with a curved leaf by N. Juan (Navajo). The other gorgeous charms include Southwestern turquoise teardrops, sterling silver squash blossoms, large Amber and sterling silver Southwestern pendants, lovely turquoise hearts set in hand stamped sterling silver, a sterling silver Lone Star charm, and a Fred Harvey era dog charm. I have never seen a bracelet quite like this one, and I have a feeling it will be snapped up very soon!

If you love these Southwestern charm bracelets as much as I do, then head over to the Schaef Designs Jewelry website to see these bracelets as well as a few other designs. However, if you see one you love, don't wait to buy it. These gorgeous one of a kind bracelets always sell very quickly!

Schaef Designs Denim Lapis Mini Bridle Rosette Charm Bracelet Schaef Designs Turquoise and Sterling Silver Chain Charm Bracelet Schaef Designs Turquoise and Amber Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet

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.

 
Written by on Sunday, July 27, 2014
Western Chic Watches

Stylish Accessories from Sundance Catalog

It can be challenging to find a Western inspired watch that is also feminine and stylish. However, you are in luck, because the Sundance Catalog website features several styles and colors of Western chic watches for women.

The Urbano Watch (left, $80) has a rustic sueded leather band that is also quite feminine. This particular watch is made for a smaller size wrist. I have a small wrist and always have a difficult time finding watches that fit me. It is good to know that the Sundance Catalog website has some great options for those of us with small wrists.

If you are a turquoise fan, you must take a look at the Turquoise Wrap Watch (center, $138). This beautiful watch features blue-green turquoise ovals which form a double wrap around your wrist. It also features a sterling silver toggle clasp and a sterling-tone case. This watch will look fabulous with all of your turquoise jewelry!

The Woven in Time Watch (right, $98) is one of Sundance Catalog's most popular watches. The braided leather watch is available in five different colors, including brown (shown), green, orange, red, and tan. The vintage style watch has a silver plated case and a Quartz movement. And because the band is braided leather, it provides you with an exact fit for your wrist. I love my braided Western belt for the same reason!

If you are thinking about treating yourself to a stylish new watch for Fall, visit the Sundance Catalog website to see these watches and several others.

Urbano Watch from Sundance Catalog Turquoise Wrap Watch from Sundance Catalog Woven in Time Watch from Sundance Catalog

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.

 
Written by on Monday, July 14, 2014
Pat Dahnke Signature Collection

Feminine Fashions from Cowgirl Kim

Texas based fashion designer Pat Dahnke creates some of the most chic and feminine clothing and accessories that you have ever seen. Pat Dahnke truly understands how women want to look and feel in their clothing, and that is one of the reasons why she has been successful for so many years.

If you are looking for some truly unique pieces to add to your wardrobe this Summer, look no further! The Cowgirl Kim website has a wide selection of Pat Dahnke fashions that will have you ready for any occasion. The Pat Dahnke Bright Bias Silk Fringe Top (left, $196) is hand painted silk charmeuse featuring an explosion of rich, bright colors. It is cut on the bias for a very flattering look and hand finished with tied rayon fringe. You can wear this top casually with jeans, or dress it up with black silk pants.

The Pat Dahnke Convertible Skirt/Dress (center, $254) features layers of rayon georgette attached to a 5 1/4" wide stretchy smocked topper. The topper can be worn over the bust as a dress, or worn on the hips as a skirt. Spaghetti straps are included so you can clip them on when wearing it as a dress. The convertible Skirt/Dress is available in Orchid Purple on the Cowgirl Kim website and can also be ordered in brown and black. The Pat Dahnke Cotton Fringe Shawl (center, $78) is also available at Cowgirl Kim in black, ivory, turquoise and melon (pictured below). I love it tied around the hips of the Covertible Skirt/Dress as shown below.

The Pat Dahnke Burnout Top (right, $196) is one of Pat's most popular items. This turquoise silk and rayon top is bias cut and flows around the body like a shawl. You can wear it with a bold concho belt or loose over leggings. You can dress it up or down, wearing it with sandals or boots. Pair it with a tank or camisole for Summer and a long sleeve top or turtleneck in the Winter. It is perfect to wear all year round! One size fits most and Cowgirl Kim has it in both Turquoise and Coral.

Look your best this Summer with the Pat Dahnke Signature Collection. You can find these Pat Dahnke pieces and several more on the Cowgirl Kim website. Thank you to Studio Seven Productions for the beautiful photos.

Pat Dahnke Bright Bias Silk Fringe Top from Cowgirl Kim Pat Dahnke Convertible Skirt Dress from Cowgirl Kim Pat Dahnke Burnout Top from Cowgirl Kim

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.