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Written by on Monday, September 08, 2014
Totem Salvaged Handbags

Giving Vintage Materials New Life

I met Stephanie Larrowe of Totem Salvaged a few years ago at the Western Design Conference in Jackson, Wyoming. I loved her beautiful handcrafted handbags, totes, and furniture pieces made from vintage and reclaimed materials. Totem Salvaged is especially well known for their vibrant and colorful vintage serape pieces, which are often my favorites.

Since that show a few years ago, Totem Salvaged accessories have become hugely popular. They have been featured in several major magazines, and are carried in upscale boutiques across the country. You can also purchase Totem handbags, totes, wallets, and furniture pieces via the Totem Salvaged website, and there are some fabulous new designs available right now.

The Totem Vintage Serape Tear Drop Shoulder Bag (left, $725) features a one of a kind vintage 1940's serape front and a genuine 100% fine grain leather back. It is accented with leather fringe featuring vintage glass and silver beads, bone, seashells, and feathers. I have never seen a serape fabric quite like this one before. The colors are perfect for Fall!

Stephanie also creates a variety of handbags with horse designs on them, and they tend to sell very quickly! This Totem Vintage Linen Horse Head Tote (center, $445) is made from vintage linen with a bold horse head design. The back and inside of the tote are made of a vintage floral print fabric. This large tote measures 17" X 18.5" and features custom leather studded handles. If you have been looking for a colorful tote featuring an equine design, you should pick this one up right away!

As I mentioned above, Totem's bold colorful serape totes are extremely popular. I love the bright shades of blue, pink, and green featured in this Vinage Serape Medium Tote (right, $725). This particular fabric is a late 1940's serape, and Stephanie had enough fabric to create two bags with this fabric. This Medium Tote measures 16" X 16", features cotton fabric lining, and custom studded leather handles. This tote would look fabulous with black and denim clothing and turquoise jewelry!

Vist the Totem Salvaged website to see and purchase these colorful totes and many other fabulous accessories and home decor items. You can and purchase see additional Totem Salvaged tote and handbag designs on the smithandwesternonline.com and Maverick Fine Western Wear websites.

Totem Salvaged Serape Teardrop Shoulder Bag Totem Salvaged Vintage Linen Horse Head Tote

Totem Salvaged Vintage Serape Meditum Tote

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, September 02, 2014
Roja Collection Fall 2014

The Best Looks  from Cowgirl Kim

I am excited to share another one of my favorite Fall 2014 fashion collections in my blog this week. The Roja Collection by Ann Tobias is bold, colorful, and extremely stylish. The Roja Collection for Fall features beautiful blouses, gorgeous knit sweaters and skirts, as well as distinctive jackets, coats, and ponchos. There is truly something for everyone in this wonderful new collection.

The Cowgirl Kim website carries the largest selection of Roja Collection apparel that I have seen online, and she already has several new Roja pieces in stock now. The Roja Collection Rainbow Ceremonial Robe (left, $270) is one of the most fabulous pieces in the new Fall Collection! The serape stripe design features bold colors and fringe trim with a concho snap button. The robe is made of lambswool and nylon and it is the perfect weight for cool Fall evenings. The Roja Taos Night Skirt (left, $170) features a bold Southwest pattern of lime, fuchia, and turquoise, and it looks amazing with the Ceremonial Robe.

If you are looking for the perfect transition piece for Fall, take a look at the beautiful Roja Ceremonial Blouse (center, $230). It is an elegant blouse in classic black and white, featuring stunning embroidery on the collar, sleeves, and bodice. It is available in black with white embroidery and white with black embroidery. How will you ever decide? You may need both of them!

The Roja Midnight Snow Shawl Collar Swing Coat (right, $360) is one of my favorite pieces in the new Fall Collection. The bold black and winter white coat is made of lambswool and nylon, and it features faux ebony antler horns that close with leather straps for a rustic touch. The coat looks gorgeous paired with the Midnight Cross Short Skirt (right, $170), which also features a bold Southwest pattern of winter white on black. This outfit is absolutely stunning!

The clothing featured here is just a small sampling of the new Fall fashions from Roja Collection by Ann Tobias. Visit the Cowgirl Kim website to see and purchase these pieces and many more.

Joyful Colors and Motifs from Cowgirl Kim Roja Rainbow Ceremonial Robe and Taos Night Skirt from Cowgirl Kim Roja Ceremonial Blouse from Cowgirl Kim Roja Midnight Snow Collar Swing Coat and Cross Skirt 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.
 


 
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.