Western & English Today

Summer 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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12 Western & English Today SUMMER 2018 PHOTOGRAPHY: (ALL IMAGES) COURTESY VALENTINE EQUINE FASHION MEETS FUNCTION VALENTINE EQUINE S ecure your bridle and saddle up for a voyage to Australia, where showmanship does not stop at the horse. Since the country's 1956 Summer Olympics debut, Aussie riders have not only perfected the movements of classical dressage; they have shaped the future of riding apparel as well. As a competitive rider for 15 years, Melita Harmer trusts attire that exhibits both functionality and grace. Harmer is the owner of Valentine Equine, which she calls the "fabric fi nder to the mailman and everything in between." Her designs nod to the quintessential equine styles of the past while in pursuit of the eco-friendly fashions of the future. e fi rst inklings of Harmer's aff ection for equine design surfaced during family holidays in Asia, when she amassed new show outfi ts to add to her versatile wardrobe. Following the injury and subsequent retirement of Harmer's dressage horse, she spent time in Bali, Indonesia. It's there where Harmer put her college minor in textiles and clothing to use, collaborating with tailors to create designs that would later be sold on Facebook. An Australian brand finds harmony between cruelty-free textiles and timeless design. By Sarah E. Ashlock

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