Western & English Today

FALL 2014

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

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6 Western & English Today FALL 2014 PUBLISHER'S forum It's a Family Affair E vEry timE i attEnd thE dEnvEr wEsa markEt, I'm delighted to see how many second, third and even fourth generations are coming into our industry. It's a testament to the strength of our shared passion for a lifestyle that's the lifeblood of our industry. So in keeping with the '60s-and-'70s-song-title theme of our 2015 Spring Fashion Forecast photo shoot, I've been humming Sly and the Family Stone's "It's a Family Afair." Here comes Trudy Collins-Cervantes of Albuquerque's signature store, Te Wild Rose, with her son Austin, who assists her at her busy store. And over at Sidran, Lane Mizrahi as his father Roland's able second-in-command. (I know exactly how old Roland is, by the way, as he and I were classmates in graduate school at UT Austin, ahem, a while back … long before spouses and children came along.) In nearly a decade at my post as Associate Publisher & Editor of Western & English Today, I've had the privilege of seeing many of these youngsters develop into the capable adults they are now: Take Kristyn DeBord, for example, whose father, John, married the boss' daughter Nancy years ago — the boss being Leland Tucker, who founded Circle y Saddles in 1960 — before launching his own business, Double J Saddlery. Kristyn, who has since graduated from Texas State with a degree in fashion design, brings a fresh, edgy vibe to Double J's accessory line. Sons Josh and Jesse, and daughter Chaedra, also assist in the business. Ten, there's John Polizzi, Tasha and Jack's son, who's taken the helm as director of public relations for his mother's eponymous apparel and home décor company; and at Corral Boots, owner Othell Welch's daughter and son-in-law Heather and George Allen, who serve as marketing/social media director and general manager of this explosively growing boot company. "Junior or Senior?" I'm asked when inquring in the Scully showroom if Dan is around. And I'm startled when I stop in at Cowgirl Justice — owners Jamise and Kurt Fisher's daughter Samantha seems to have bolted from childhood into womanhood overnight. She not only assists on the business side but also does a lioness' share of the modeling work for her mother's creations. Oh, and the young lady on the cover? My own daughter Cristina Grace … a budding fashion designer herself. Susan L. Ebert, Associate Publisher & Editor sebert@wetoday.com

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