Western & English Today

FAL 2013

W&E Today provides retailers and manufacturers with education and ideas that provoke innovation in the Western and English markets.

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DESIGNER profile It's Good to be King Kippy is the indisputable King of Bling, whose blinged-out haute couture crosses genres and generations, and is embraced by iconic pop stars and rodeo queens alike. Corinne Joy Brown Bob Kipperman (Kippy) is passionate about designing Western couture, as well as pleasing his customers. As a testament to his years of hard work and beautifully designed clothing and accessories, local taggers graftied the front of Kippys' warehouse with a richly detailed and colorful mural, depicting Bob's wife, Carina, his son, Erik, and mastermind Bob. 16 Western & English Today T he Germans have a word for it: "Blickfang" — meaning eye-catching or showstopping — and no one in the Western clothing industry embodies this term more than Bob Kipperman of Coronado, California, and his eponymous brand Kippys. Not since the heyday of Nudie Cohen has any clothing designer lavished dazzle and shine so unabashedly on über-stylish jackets, belts and handbags. Using the finest Italian-tanned leather and Swarovski crystals, Kippy has raised the bar on embellished surfaces and glamorous accessories. Add all of the above to his irrepressible showman-like personality, and you've got a manufacturer whose successful products cross genres and markets, while delighting women and men of all ages. Simply put: Bob Kipperman brought haute couture with a sultry sizzle to the Western market and made it stick. "Kippys was actually established in 1948," explains Bob. "My parents opened a 2000-square-foot, moderateto-high-end clothing store in Coronado. Tey moved there from New Jersey for my mother's health. Lew and Cele were hard workers who loved the business. Both lived into their 90s. I came on in 1964; my mother went FALL 2013

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