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

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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.

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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

Dogs, denim, & daring outfit combinations! by Haleigh Newbeck

Images from market in LV.
Images from market in LV.

Images from LV market.

Images from market in las vegas.
This Fall seems to be all about stepping out of your comfort zone and daring to create some ‘out of the box’ wardrobe choices.  Feminine florals and embroidery are still on trend and more ornate than ever.  3D applique and bold colors are in!  Stay safe with feminine pinks and rose golds, or go above and beyond in fluorescent fuscia or cherry red.

Images from market in LV.

Images from market in las vegas.Apparel line Johnny Was hit it out of the park with their newest Fall/Holiday designs. Staying true to their statement styles of gasp worthy pieces like embroidery on silk printed gowns and “wearable art” hoodies. Boot company Liberty Black Boots had us drooling over their black on black suede embroidered boot due this Holiday season. Pair them with a printed Viereck dress & an amazingly unforgettable leather jacket from Mauritius & your go-to Fall/Holiday wardrobe has three key fashion components.Images from market in LV.

It’s ALL about the denim as we close out 2017, from head to toe. From shearling jackets, to embroidered denim vests, to raw edge gaucho pants. With Dear John Denim & Driftwood setting the pace for daring wearables with an incredibly fabulous price point…it will be easy to be on trend without breaking the bank.

Who could resist a reusable shopping bag with all your life aspirations?! Come on, we do live in “dog town USA” 😉

Images from market in Las Vegas.

Images from market in LV.
Images from this years retailers show in LV.

Solar Eclipse Jewelry by Jennifer Anderson of Allora Designs

Graphic image of the solar eclipse.

Come Monday, August 21st all eyes will be to the sky – provided you’re wearing your safety glasses –  for a once in a life time glimpse at the solar eclipse.  Central Oregon is in the path of totality and experts predict hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will flock to Oregon for a look.  Central Oregon is prime viewing because of our great weather and cloudless skies.

One of desperado’s favorite artists Jennifer Anderson of Allora Designs has created a line of jewelry to commemorate this event.  Images of jewelry from artist Jennifer Anderson of Allora Designs.

Jennifer was born and raised in Bend and as a 5th generation Oregonian she jumped at the chance to capture this important historical event in her work.  Inspired by family members who are also artists, Jennifer started her career path as a jeweler more than 15 years ago.  She says jewelry has always been a presence in her life. Her aunt created a variety of pieces, mainly with turquoise, which sparked Jen’s interest in jewelry making and encouraged her to give it a try. It was her father, though, who provided the spark for the inspiration that followed. One night, nearly two decades ago, he gave her a variety of materials and some tools, and then sent her off home to tinker. That tinkering episode lasted the entire night and from it, passion was born.

Image portrait of Jennifer Anderson.Solar eclipse images.We think you’ll love this limited edition line of eclipse inspired jewelry as much as we do.  It will be available in our store and on our website throughout the month of August. Jennifer’s other work can be seen at desperado year round and can be found under the accessories/jewelry tab on our website.

Viewing the eclipse will begin at the Oregon coast and travel on a path to Central Oregon hitting the mountains at Madras and Warm Springs (predicted optimal viewing due to weather patterns) at about 10:19AM.

Actual darkness (if you are directly in the path of totality) will last less than 2 minutes. Bend will NOT experience total darkness, but Madras will.  For more details on safe viewing you can visit  http://www.eclipse2017.org/eclipse2017_main.htm 

Desperado with Shoes &… plans to be open on the day of the eclipse, but will likely not open our doors until 12:00 due to congested traffic.  Our normal business hours will be followed on the days before and after the eclipse.

So grab your safety glasses and get ready to see this spectacular event!!! And of course we hope you’ll make us a stopping point on your travels!

 

Jewelry and eclipse images.
Solar eclipse images.

 

 

Care Tips For Your Denim by Dear John

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So you’ve got the perfect jeans, but now what is the best way to care for them and keep them looking good and fitting right???  Dear John Denim has tips for keeping your jeans (no matter what the brand) looking good for years to come.  These great tips come from the Dear John Care tag and even if laundry isn’t your bag this entry is worth the read, we promise!!!

Dear John care tags.

 

Dear John,

I’m terribly sorry I had to do this through a letter, but this felt better than talking to you in person because I am a wuss like that.  This note will be the last memory you’ll ever have of me.  I’m leaving you and I’m not looking back…This should come as no surprise to you since you’ve ruined every nice pair of denim I’ve every owned.  I have tried reminding you time and time again to machine wash cold with like colors.  To wash denim inside out so that it may retain its color longer and doesn’t damage embellishments or embroidery.  And never use bleach!  Hang dry as lycra, which keeps me comfy, hates the dryer.  But like the typical “Macho Man” that you think you are, you just don’t hear me…I know you listen John…But you never HEAR me and I’m sick of explaining the difference.  So I leave you now and my only hope for you is that you find someone new…and when you do, I hope you’ll be kinder to her denim than you have been with mine… Have a Nice Life!!!  

Dear John Denim Fit Event: May 12th 3-8pm & May 13th 10-6pm

Come see our great selection of Dear John Jeans, plus get your personalized fit

with LA based denim fit expert Kaitlin Moor of Dear John!!!

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Desperado’s 3rd Annual Dear John Denim Event & OTBT Trunk Show

Images of dear john denim model & flowered sneakers by OTBT.

Desperado’s 3rd Annual Denim Event & OTBT Trunk Show

Friday, May 12th , 3:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, May 13th 10:00am-6:00pm

Second only to finding the perfect bathing suit is the seemingly never-ending search for the perfect pair of great fitting jeans. The choices are many – from low-rise to high-rise, skinny to boot cut, to what makes a great color (better known in denim dialogue as ‘wash’).   The good news is you don’t need to be a denim expert you just need to know where to find one. Desperado is doing that for you. On Friday & Saturday, May 12-13, desperado boutique with shoes &… in the Old Mill District will hold its 3rd Annual Denim Fit Event with Dear John Denim Expert Kaitlin Moor.

This year we’re adding something new…a Trunk Show with one of our favorite footwear lines – ‘Off the Beaten Track’!  Because nothing compliments a great pair of jeans like a great pair of shoes.  Chris Schermerhorn of OTBT will be with us at shoes &… to launch this fabulous footwear company’s spring line.

3 images of OTBT's spring shoe line featuring 3 styles of sandals.

We caught up with Denim fit expert Kaitlin Moor who resides in Los Angeles and represents one of the America’s leading jean fashion lines: Dear John.

Kaitlin, what is the first thing a woman should think about when investing in a pair of jeans? “Fit, Fit, Fit!” says Kaitlin.

Is there a style for everyone? Some rules of thumb when it comes to body types and the best style of denim to fit a woman’s figure? “No”, Kaitlin replies, “There really is not a style for everyone as every body type is different… but as a general rule of thumb, most women can’t go wrong with a good mid-rise bootcut or a mid-rise skinny.”

What ‘new trends’ or ‘must haves’ are we seeing in jeans this season? “A lot of denim brands are bringing back the “Flare Jean” in various ways… Everything from the 70s Hippie Flare to a more subtle Trouser flare. We’re also seeing super fun rough-cut hems, distressed denim with fabric underlays, and jeans you can turn up and create a cute cuff to show off a great pair of shoes.”

Can the right pair of shoes or heel height make a difference? “Definitely YES… depending on the length and the size of the leg opening.”

How much do we really need to spend to get a great pair of jeans? “I would say anything in between $80-$120. The more “expensive” brands are tacking on a lot of costs associated with branding and where it’s made, but a lot of those costs really have nothing to do with how good the actual product is,” says Kaitlin.

What advice to you give women when they seek help in finding a new pair of jeans? Try on as many brands as you can and find a brand that fits you well. Every brand tries to cater to as many body types as possible, but you will find some brands really fit you better then others.”

This will be Kaitlin’s third denim fit event at desperado.  We’re continuing this tradition because Dear John has been such a great fit and affordable denim for our customers.  We hope to see you there…because remember we know how to throw a party!!!

desperado with shoes &…’s Dear John Denim Fit Event & OTBT Trunk Show takes place Friday, May 12th from 3:00-8:00pm and Saturday, May 13th, 10:00-6:00pm in the Old Mill District.

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes at Market – a.k.a. Biggest Retail Show in the World! by Haleigh Newbeck

Graphic of LV Magic Show

There’s nothing quite like Las Vegas. Especially during Market week. We head to market in Las Vegas about two times a year to buy for future seasons. This February, we were buying for Summer, Fall, & early Holiday. Prepping for market is a beast of its own, which includes lots of research on current and future trends, planning a tight schedule, and knowing “our current client”. Central Oregon is a challenge. With a pretty well rounded lists of “regulars” (as we call them 😉) and heavy tourist seasons, it’s up to us to find a balance between high end fashion and practical wardrobe essentials. Which, is not as easy as you’d think.

Collage image of Haleigh, Joanne, & Nicole trying on coats at the Tasha Polizzi booth at Magic in LV.

Myself, Jo, & Nicole- shopping for Fall and Winter outerwear at Tasha Polizzi.

There are four shows we attend: Project & Stitch at Mandalay Bay, WWIN at the Rio, Magic at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and Platform which is also at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Each show represents fashion in a completely different light- which is never for the faint of heart.  Project & Stitch house high end designer labels like Johnny Was, Old Gringo, and Tasha Polizzi. This show is always a jaw dropper, leaving us thirsty for all the promises a new season brings as we open our doors to future trends. Platform is specifically for footwear. This show is HUGE, & takes over an entire days worth of walking the booths to see everything. Appointments are made with our best selling brands like Liberty Black and Freebird, but we always leave room to walk the booths in search of new brands to invite in to the store. The Magic show is full of trendy favorites & affordable lines such as Dear John Denim and PJ Salvage. This is where we do a huge bulk of our buying for summer, targeting our tourist traffic and summer essentials for our regulars. Straw hats, long breezy dresses, & bra friendly basics were important for us this year- and we left happy. The WWIN show keeps us on our toes with our long time labels like Last Tango & Vintage Collection. With multiple show rooms, it’s a must stop for us. Plus, they provide complimentary wine after 6:00. 🙂

Left: Half the Platform show at the LV Convention Center. Right: Half of the Magic show in Vegas.

Our days typically start at 8:00 and end around 10:00. We like to power through and only leave time for the essential coffee pit stops (toting snacks are VERY important as there is never time for an actual meal). After a day at Market we like to find the closest bar and talk about our days work over a drink, discussing “slam dunks” (Joanne’s words, lol) and orders we were really comfortable with. Usually, we all have different things to be excited about. This year, we all were elated with Old Gringo & their amazing handmade boots. Hands down: they are wearable art. Who can say no to wearing art for your feet?!

One thing I love to do at Market is text our clients pictures. In the end, you are the reason we go to market, and it’s important to get feedback. It helps to get direction, and it’s fun to get our clients as excited as we are about new trends and future arrivals! There’s nothing better than texting a client a picture and getting this response: “OMG, momma likes!!!”. Or, “Omg, I love that!! Totally me!” Yes, those are actual responses, lol.

Driftwood & their iconic embroidered denim. Plus, Central Oregon Summer essentials at Scala Hats.

This market had a HUGE variety of trends. In some ways it was almost a time machine. The 60’s, 70’s, and 90’s have collided in a big way. Which we are actually kind of excited about. Lots of faux suede, chunky knits, metallics in footwear, western inspiration (TURQUOISE & BUCKLES, oh my!!), nautical chic with embroidery (navy striped everything), flares, and distressed relaxed denim are a must in every closet. Embroidery is still a big statement, along with patchwork and faux fur.

Market is hard work. Our carry-on bag of catalogues and orders weighed 35 lbs, that’s a lot of freaking paper. However it really is one of my favorite parts of managing desperado with shoes &…there’s nothing more inspiring than the beginning of season, and all the ways you can grow your clients wardrobe. It’s incredible to share such a passion for fashion with so many wonderful and life changing people, which fuels every day at Market.

Collage images of LV Market.