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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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

Images of Dear John Jeans.

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!!!

Image of models in Dear John shorts.