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the frst horse I ever owned," Anderson says.
She liked the look and utility of the initial
design, but she wanted more substance to
the seat, an element she's since perfected by
tailoring the panel cuts for optimal precision.
Te following year, the frst EQ Wear
collection made its debut at the Cheyenne
Rodeo. But the company really took of in
2015, when a Kickstarter campaign net-
ted more than $33,000. Anderson used the
money for her frst full production run
and the establishment of her facility in
her native Oklahoma, along with athlete
sponsorship and product placement.
"Te business has got its legs under it
now, even though exposure has been rath-
er limited," she says. "I haven't been able to
blow a big gust of air yet, but I'm planning
on that in the fall."
NOT 'JUST' PANTS
Anderson's designs are defnitely not low-
end. "I only use the top quality materials,
such as stretch leathers from France and
denims and knits from Italy. My buckskin is
from the Choctaw Nation, tanned and dyed
with nuts and berries in the 10,000-year-
old tribe way, completely natural. I buy the
Mercedes of zippers to avert any potential
Te best materials deserve the best care
and construction. Once Anderson has ob-
tained her materials, she's laser-focused in
the manufacturing room. "I look closely at
every single thing," she says.
Te pants have no inside seams to cause
human or equine discomfort. With the ex-
ception of the leather and denim jean, which
features a back zipper, they're all designed
with wide elastic waistbands that make them
easy to pull on and feature hidden pockets for
cell phones or keys. Te skinny pant ofers a
"I love the fashionable side of EQ Wear,
and that it stands up to riding and being
around horses," [Margaret Burns Vap,
owner of Big Sky Yoga Retreats] says.
"Bee's attention to product detail is
exquisite. Her pieces are a total splurge,
and you get what you pay for!"