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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2 Western & English Today SUMMER 2018 Western & English Today ™ (ISSN 1522-7308), Vol. 22 Issue 3, June 2018. Western & English Today is published 4 times per year: January Source (January), Spring (April), Summer (June), Fall (September) by American West Media L.L.C., 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 650, Dallas, Texas 75206. Periodicals Postage paid at Dallas, Texas, and additional entry points. Western & English Today is sent free of charge to qualified Western and English industry retailers. Subscription rate for all others is $30 per year. Postmaster: Send address changes to Western & English Today, 6688 N. Central Expressway, Suite 650, Dallas, Texas 75206. CONTENTS SUMMER 2018 EDITOR'S PICKS For socially responsible companies Rose & Fitzgerald and Uwezo, sourcing unique and authentic products is just one component of their business models. 8 2018 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY Retailers throughout the country share updates from the past year and predictions for the next in our annual survey. 5 EDITOR'S NOTE | 6 INDUSTRY NEWS | 10 TREND WATCH | 29 MARKET PREVIEWS | 32 MARKET CALENDAR STAFFING YOUR STORE Here are red flags to watch for in the hiring process, plus tips for finding, and keeping, quality employees. RANCH HAND- SOME STYLE Our fall fashion picks for the cowboys are weathered and rugged, just like life out West. 14 22 26 ON THE COVER Soapstone 5-piece serving platter set, roseandfitzgerald.com Palms shirt and Burlesque jacket by Valentine Equine. valentineequine.com.au FASHION MEETS FUNCTION Valentine Equine promises luxury for the modern horsewoman through tailored equestrian apparel. 12 WINTER OUTERWEAR We've curated a collection of designer furs, capes, and coats that are sure to be top sellers. 24 PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY ROSE & FITZGERALD

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