Bend Guest Artist Barbara Slater Debuts Summer Installation @desperado!!!

Images of Barbara Slater paintings.

Desperado is proud to debut our artist in resident, Barbara Slater’s, newest florals this summer.  Slater’s work has been a fixture at our store for years and we think you will love her latest exhibit.

We caught up with Barbara recently and she shared what inspires her work.  “I love flowers, I love their shapes and colors so I decided to do them them a little edgy!” says Slater.

Slater’s works have been showcased in Bend’s “Cascade Arts & Entertainment” magazine as well as frequently appearing in the magazine “Ranch and Country”.

Images of Barbara Slater's paintings.

“Somewhere in my mind I’m always thinking about or looking for a painting. Every painting that I start demands a new language,

it feels unfamiliar at times as though this is the first one I have ever done,” reflects Slater.  “It is in my blood and takes up a huge part of my life.” she says.

Slater’s work has touched our lives too.  Barbara has painted portraits of some of our favorite past pets and has done commissioned work capturing our client’s favorite pets on canvas too.

Besides desperado boutique and several other art galleries in Central Oregon she was recently showcased in the Oil Painters of America show in Carmel, California.

Slater’s oil on canvas florals will be on display and for sale @desperado through September.

Celebrate Summer with our Johnny Was Trunk Show & Samkas Jewelry Collection

Images of Johnny Was and date of our summer trunk show July 20-22.

Don’t miss our best summer event yet!!!

All Johnny Was 10% off all weekend starting

Friday, July 20th through Sunday, July 22nd!!!

We’ll have selections for summer to buy this weekend as well as a sneak peak at what’s in store for JOHNNY WAS FALL  COLLECTION available for special order… all with a 10% discount during our Trunk Show Event!

 

Plus…. our jewelry highlight!

Electroplated Sterling Silver by Samkas for a limited time only

debuting @desperado this weekend!

Images of jewelry by Samkas.

Double Trunk Shows Featuring Jafa Footwear & Viereck Apparel June 29 – July 1

Images of Jafa footwear & dress by Viereck.

Step into the fabulous world of Jafa Footwear and Viereck Apparel.  This will be an action packed weekend at desperado with shoes &… as we combine Jafa, one our best fashion footwear lines, with an amazing line of dresses and apparel by LA fashion designer Deborah Viereck.

Deborah’s line of Viereck Apparel come in the most amazing patterns and silhouettes creating beautiful dresses, pants and tops that fit lots of body types and styles.  These dresses are made in Los Angeles from wrinkle resistant fabrics that are perfect for travel.  Just roll and go!  Their unique designs make them suitable for work and play whether you pair them with a sporty sneaker or gorgeous vibrant leather Jafa shoes! Jafa Footwear are handmade shoes and boots from Israel.  They are made from the finest top grain leather and a have a polyurethane (platform styles) or thermo-plast rubber (flats) sole that are so light weight you’ll think you’re walking on a cloud.

Our Double Trunk Show Event starts Friday, June 29th and will continue all weekend through Sunday, July 1.

There will be libations served and a chance to win a dress or pair of shoes.

And that’s not all…if you buy a Viereck dress and a pair of Jafa we’ll give you a fabulous straw hat FREE!!!

Images of Viereck dress and Jafa shoes.

 

Celebrate Summer with Dresses by Viereck & Jafa Footwear

Image of our ad for Viereck & Jafa Trunk Show.

Put your best foot forward this summer with one of our favorite lines of shoes.  Last fall we featured Jafa’s Fall Collection and this Summer step into the amazing world of Jafa once again with handmade shoes & boots from Israel.  This amazing line of lightweight footwear will have you believing you’re walking on clouds.  Made from the finest top grain leathers in luxurious colors you’ll be a fan for life. These shoes are stable, have ultimate comfort and last for years.  Come to our Jafa Trunk Show on Friday, June 29th – Sunday, July 1st.  Many styles to choose from and available for special order with quick delivery. See our current styles here: https://desperadoboutique.com/product-category/brands/jafa/

Also, dozens of styles of Dresses by Viereck!  We’re teaming up one of our favorite shoes with the best dresses of the season by Viereck.  There will be lots to choose from.  These dresses are perfect for travel… we call it “roll & go” because of their wrinkle resistant fabrics that can literally be hand washed in your hotel sink and hung to dry.  They come in lots of dazzling colors, prints, and styles that will fit any occasion and lots of body types all at an affordable price!  Viereck Trunk Show will also be held Friday, June 29th – Sunday, July 1st.  Contact us direct @541-749-9980 for more on our current stock of Viereck Dresses and see what we have on line here: https://desperadoboutique.com/product-category/brands/viereck/

Don’t miss this amazing summer event complete with giveaways, libations and fabulous fashion… always at desperado with shoes &…

Plus… buy a Viereck dress & pair of Jafa shoes and receive a straw hat FREE!!!

Behind the Scenes @ LA Market by Haleigh Newbeck

Images from LA Market in the fashion district.

We landed in LA early on a Saturday morning with high hopes of hitting a few famed shopping areas on Los Angeles.  “Research & Development”, as Joanne calls it.  We ended up spending a good chunk of the day walking Abbot & Kinney Boulevard, which is the claimed “coolest few blocks of America”.  Spring was in full effect inside all the cool LA shops, statement denim & slides team up to make for a perfect, plea for sunshine, ensemble. It’s pretty fun to people watch over some avocado toast and a Moscow Mule… fashion is at every turn in LA.  It’s a vast difference from our casual little city in the heart of the Oregon high desert.  Our shopping afternoon got us both really excited to shop for the store and to make summer and fall the best our clients have seen yet!

Images from LA Market.

The LA Market is held in the fashion district of Downtown Los Angeles. An iconic area full of breathtaking Art Deco buildings & hipster cafes. We started off Sunday with lots of excitement, eager to see what fashion has in store for us. I feel pretty confident saying that the biggest trend for our up-coming seasons is positive 70’s glam. You’ll see lots of chartreuse, shades of green & pink, and yellow. With jaw-dropping outerwear leading the way, you’ll be more excited than ever to put a coat on and face the Fall & Winter weather of the high desert. Lines like Johnny Was and Dylan have really stepped up their game to brighten up a dark Winter wardrobe with unique embellishments & prints. There is also an abundance of positivity on the horizon in fashion. Statement tee’s & hoodies with the happiest of affirmations will be sure to be a necessary addition to your wardrobe. We went on a hat hunt & found the most perfect line for our store, Brooklyn Hat Co., they’re feminine & on trend with a fabulous low price point to boot!
We are really excited about some new lines that will be hitting the store starting in a few months. So stay patient, Summer will be here before you know it. Our fashion loving tanks were fully fueled this buying trip…anything goes in LA & we are totally okay with that.

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Hal

Images from LA Market.

All Men’s Clothing 30% OFF

Image of the 30% off 'til it's gone graphic for Men's Closeout SaleWe’re making room for more women’s fashion and that means huge savings for the man in your life as we closeout our men’s department.  From now until it’s gone enjoy 30% off all originally priced menswear from designers like Ryan Michael, Stetson, True Grit, Rockmount Ranchwear, and Miller.  Due to the closeout we will no longer be adding additional menswear to our website, but if you are seeking a deal, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.  Call us at 541-749-9980 during regular business hours or email us anytime and we’ll help you out.  bend@godesperado.com

Handcrafted Women’s Leather Shoes by Jafa – Trunk Show 11/8 11-6 @desperado

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Images of Jafa C.

We affectionately call these amazing handcrafted shoes and boots by JAFA®  “walking on air” because they’re so light weight you’ll find walking as effortless as walking through clouds – at least we like to think so!   This footwear line comes from young talented cobblers from Israel, who take delight in the freedom to express themselves without the restrictions of a mass production facility.  These shoes are outstandingly made from luscious rich leathers with colors so bold they’ll holdup as any statement piece in your wardrobe.

All JAFA® boots & shoes are made by hand, the way they have been for centuries: with passion, integrity and personal attention to every detail. Jafa designers employ couture quality leathers: buttery soft and lusciously colored. As well as hands-on construction secrets passed down through the generations, JAFA® boots & shoes enfold your foot like a second skin.

Images of Jafa A.

Their footwear is created for the woman whose fashion persona stands out from the crowd but whose busy life has no place for painful, poorly fitting shoes. If you are that woman, take a step up to the chic designs and superb, handmade comfort of JAFA and come see their latest Fall/Winter Line at our exclusive Jafa Trunk Show this Saturday, November 18th from 11:00-6:00pm.  We’ll be giving away a pair of Jafa shoes!!! 

Our Santa’s Helpers Take the Stress Out of Holiday Shopping!!!

Gentlemen,
Please join us any Friday evening in December and we’ll help you with all your shopping needs, including fabulous gift wrapping!  And while we help you shop enjoy bourbon, brew, and snacks on us. We promise to take the stress out of holiday shopping.  If your “better-half” is a desperado regular we’ve probably got you covered, but if she hasn’t discovered the marvelous fashion finds in our boutique, simple sneak a peek at a few size tags in her closet like shirt, dress, pants, or boots and we’ll help you find the perfect gift.  And remember at desperado we never want something sitting in a closet so if we don’t get it right the first time we offer no hassle returns or exchanges!  

And if Central Oregon isn’t home…No Need to Worry!  Check out our Latest Looks page where we create the perfect gift to meet any occasion or budget.  Our expert fashionistas will assemble a gift box with the special woman in your life in mind and from our store to your door we’ll deliver to anywhere in the United States with free shipping on anything over $100.

Graphic #2 of our Bourbon & Brews men's shopping nights Fridays in December.

In Their Shoes – A Survivor Art Show on Display at Shoes &…

Installation by Kimberly Lanahan

It can be difficult to understand another person’s experience until you have walked in their shoes.  That’s why survivors of domestic violence, and their loved ones created art designed to express what it’s like to be a survivor as part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Campaign for Bend’s Saving Grace.

Throughout October desperado with shoes &… has teamed up with Saving Grace to present “In Their Shoes,” an art exhibit highlighting the experiences of domestic violence survivors and their loved ones. For this exhibit, survivors and their supporters decorated footwear to show what it is like to walk in their shoes.

“We hope by displaying this special art exhibit in a public place like our store window we’ll get the message out to anybody walking down the street that there is help out there for victims of domestic violence,” says Joanne Sunnarborg, owner of Desperado with Shoes &. “These shoes are not only works of art, they tell a story of survival and that’s a message we’re happy to help share.”

Saving Grace offers safety, hope, and healing to survivors of relationship abuse and sexual assault in Central Oregon through its emergency shelter, a 24-hour helpline, emergency transportation, safety planning, support groups, children’s advocacy, community education and more.

Learn more at www.saving-grace.org or get help by calling the 24-hour helpline at 541-389-7021.

This special art exhibit will be on display at shoes &… in the Old Mill District through the month of October.

OTBT’S REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN TAKES WINTER FOOTWEAR TO NEW HEIGHTS…

THERE IS STILL TIME TO PLACE YOUR SPECIAL OTBT SNOW-BOOT ORDER.  PLEASE CALL US TODAY @541-749-9980

After last year’s record winter here in Central Oregon, we’ve spent a lot of time tracking down the perfect footwear to handle whatever winter has in store for the high desert! Look NO further than OTBT’s newest “Off Road” collection of revolutionary all-weather footwear.

This exclusive winter footwear line is expertly designed in the spirit of adventure for a life well traveled and that’s why we think it is the perfect shoe for our customers here in Oregon and any where there’s snow and ice. Made from waterproof leather the “Off Road” collection features OTBT’s OR Rotator System designed with cutting edge technology that easily transforms everyday style into high-traction footwear with the simple flip of a rotating spike ring. All you have to do is turn the ring to traction spikes for optimal walkability in snow or ice and then back again to the smooth side for dry conditions.

Enjoy superior support and stability while staying warm and cozy in these comfortable, waterproof leather designed footwear for women.  The “Off Road” line features waterproof leather, fleece lining, a thermal heat retaining foil sock and the OR rotator system for easy traction in all icy conditions!

We think you’ll love these boots as much as we do because here in Bend we want to be ready to go OFF THE BEATEN TRACK!!! Join us during our Anniversary Weekend this October 13th-15th when OTBT rep Chris Schermerhorn will debut the “Off Road” line along with OTBT’s latest collection of footwear made for walking the road less traveled!

If you’d like to learn more about OTBT’s “Off Road” boots watch this short video now: click here! 

THERE IS STILL TIME TO PLACE YOUR SPECIAL OTBT SNOW-BOOT ORDER.  PLEASE CALL US TODAY @541-749-9980