Western & English Today

Spring 2018

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

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4 Western & English Today SPRING 2018 W ITH ANOTHER SPRING ISSUE comes another fashion shoot, off er- ing a sneak peek at some of our favorite new collections and trends still to come this year. We themed our fall 2018 fashion pre- view around crossover appeal — a subject that seems to be trending among retailers and manu- facturers alike these days. Mixing crossover pieces into your inventory can be a great way to test the waters beyond your consumer base without abandoning your brand identity. Luckily, manufacturers are doing the same, meaning you can easily fi nd on-brand items with mainstream appeal by labels you already know and trust. Many of the top West- ern bootmakers, for instance, are introducing city collections with casual boots and shoes for the stylish urbanite. Hatmakers are rolling out contemporary styles and designs in every color of the season. Jewelry artists are working with dyed leathers and mixed metals, as opposed to just sticking to turquoise and silver. When putting together our latest fash- ion feature, we tried to walk the line between Western tradition and mainstream trends. As a result, you'll fi nd plenty of the expected apparel staples — fur-trimmed coats, blanket ponchos, snap shirts, and leather jackets — accessorized with the likes of bejeweled fedoras and open- crown hats, skinny belts and wrap bracelets, stacked booties and moto boots. My favorite crossover accessory for the upcoming season: the Roxy shoe by Old Gringo. With a boot-toe profi le, an overdose of silver studs and buckles, and a black-and-white color scheme, it reminds me of a cowgirl oxford that's been bedazzled for a ZZ Top concert. is new Old Gringo design is the perfect union of gaudy and chic, and it's certainly one I'll be add- ing to my closet come fall. EDITOR'S NOTE WALKING THE LINE By Holly Henderson, Editorial Director

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