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10 Western & English Today A LONG WITH OUR ANNUAL COMPANY DIRECTORY — A comprehensive resource of Western and English manufac- turers, from fashion designers and jewelers to saddlemakers and feed suppliers — this issue has it all. We wanted to ring in 2018 with a little bit of everything — the latest collections from some of our favorite Western and English labels, the industry's thoughts on the fate of current and emerging trends in the new year, and insightful management strategies for growing retailers. But even more impor- tantly, we also remember the late, great Tasha Polizzi (page 26). As the creator of the Tasha Polizzi apparel and home collection, she built an empire. Her line can be found in both boutiques and big box chains throughout the country. In the Western fashion world, she reached icon status. But Tasha Polizzi, who passed away August 9 aer a battle with cancer, made her mark on our industry as so much more than a talented designer with an incomparably chic sense of style. She was a friend to all she met and a champion for all those she worked with. Not only will her legacy live on through her label, but she will be fondly remembered for her kind soul and generous spirit . In a 2014 interview, Tasha told W&E of her sense of duty as an established designer to help educate emerging talents and pay it for- ward, crediting much of her own success to mentors like Geoffrey Beene, whom she noted as being "so generous with his knowledge." Tasha said, "I believe in surrounding myself with younger, smarter, hipper people and giving them the tools to help them succeed." It's a philosophy that resonates with us as members of a tightly knit industry that we exist to support. Our resolution for this year is to fill our pages with the most relevant content and latest news, from a lineup of contributors much smarter and hipper than we are, to help you fill your toolbox for success in 2018. It's exactly how Tasha would have wanted it. IN TRIBUTE TO TASHA by Holly Henderson, Editorial Director EDITOR'S NOTE PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY TASHA POLIZZI COMPANY

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