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We think their work reflects that happiness! Please stop by our shop or check out the ‘Jewelry’ tab under ‘Accessories’ on our website for a look at our special collection of Handy Crafted Goods!
Desperado Diva & artist, Mikki Krohn, has turned her talent for portrait painting to Santa! Yes Santa! When Mikki isn’t working at Desperado you’ll often find her with a paintbrush in hand. Mikki discovered her love of painting Santas after using a Mall Santa photo for inspiration. “I have always enjoyed painting portraits and I stumbled onto the idea of painting “Santa” last year when I created my own holiday cards,” reflects Mikki.
Mikki used an old Santa Clause costume she had and started talking men into posing for her wearing Santa’s suit. “I discovered that no amount of wigs, beards, or hats could cover up the true personality of who was wearing them,” laughs Mikki. She adds, “Putting men in Santa suits really brings out a twinkle in their eyes!” Mikki has created more than a dozen Santa portraits for family and friends and is now working on commission pieces for others. “Everyone has someone in their lives who bring out the true spirit of Christmas, my Santa portraits just help that along.”
Click here to listen to Olivia’s new song…‘Gypsy’
Our very own Desperado Diva, Olivia Harms, just released her second single from her new album ‘Rhinestone Cowgirl’ and we are excited to share it with you! This song written and performed by Olivia is called “Gypsy” and is about life on the road. The first single titled “Hey There Cowboy”, blurs the lines between country and western music, including a hint of Bakersfield to make any honky-tonk proud. Find the link to listen to her first song at the bottom of this story!
Olivia, an Oregon native has been working part time at Desperado for the past 3 years. She moved to central Oregon shortly after graduating from Oregon State University with her bachelor’s degree in agriculture business. After college she decided to pursue her true passion of music. Working here at Desperado allowed her to travel back and forth to Nashville and offered a flexible schedule for her to play music around the country.
After commuting back and forth to Nashville for the past 3 years, Olivia decided it was time to record. After all the writing Olivia had done during that time, she had plenty of songs to choose from. She narrowed it down to the 10 songs she connected to most, she cut the demos and set a date for the master recording. Olivia had planned to spend 10 days in March tracking instruments and recording the master vocals. Unfortunately, a little thing called Covid-19 got in her way.
Olivia thought it was just a small setback at the time. Not realizing how much covid would affect her recording process. After rescheduling twice and no sign of change in the world, Olivia decided to go back to Nashville in May and record. “It was an interesting experience traveling during covid. I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t want to put anyone in danger, but life also had to go on. All I knew was covid wasn’t getting any better, who knew how long it would last, and I didn’t have the patience or will power to sit around and wait till it was over to share my new music.”
Olivia recorded all 10 songs while she was in Nashville in May. “Such an exciting feeling to hear a song that you wrote, come to life with all the right instruments” she says. After returning home from a successful trip Olivia made a plan for her release. With less live concerts and places to play, she decided to release her music one song at a time throughout the Fall.
‘Hey there Cowboy’ was her first release from the project on September 25th. The song debuted with over 20k views on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. In an interview with Y-102 Gorge Country Olivia jokes that the song was written on accident. She said she was driving home from a long day of writing session on a trip to Nashville in January and had been thinking about all of the extra confident cowboys that she had met at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas just a few weeks prior in December. As she was driving, she thought, “what would I say if I were trying to introduce myself to a handsome stranger. What kind of things would we talk about?” Then before she knew it, she had a voice memo with a rough draft of Hey There Cowboy, and she was 20 miles past her exit. It may have cost her a little time to get turned around, but she ended up with a great song.
Music has always been Olivia passion, she grew up playing and performing with her mom, Joni harms, who will be inducted into the western music hall of fame this year. Olivia says “music is a way for us to connect with strangers, sometimes it gives us confidence, other times it helps us heal. In my experience music has always been there for me, and I hope that my listeners will feel that I will always be there for them. I play music to share my stories, make people laugh, cry, happy, and sad. The idea that not just someone, but hundreds of people, can relate to a little song I wrote driving down the freeway blows my mind. I’m forever grateful for anyone that lends an ear and takes a chance on listening to my music.”
You can listen to Olivia’s new release using the link or find it on any streaming platform. Be sure to catch her local performances by checking www.oliviaharms.com and mark your calendars for her second release “Gypsy” in November 5th.
Follow this link to YouTube to hear ‘Hey There Cowboy’ now and please listen, like, and share!
Jerrod will be joining us Friday, May 15th for our Live Virtual Event on FB & IG!
We caught up with him recently and asked him these questions…
#1) Desperado’s mission is ‘helping women define who they are by what they wear’ – how do you think fashion can help define us and why is it important to create a look that truly works for the individual?
I think fashion can define us just like art except for the fact that you wear it rather than it hanging on the wall. So with that said, each person has their own identity and what they think is Fashionable. Which makes the fashion industry one of the most unique and diverse.
#2) What got you into the fashion industry and what do you think is key to styling women?
Making women feel feminine and beautiful with their own body and look is key. Each woman is beautiful in her own way.
#3) Tell us about the fashion lines you carry and how they translate to today’s fashion trends and lifestyle? Caite, Kyla Seo, and Love Kyla are the lines I represent and are beautiful current looks for today’s woman.
#4) What key fashion elements should no woman be without? A Caite, Kyla Seo, Love Kyle garment;)
#5) How do you see this pandemic changing or influencing fashion? I feel that the pandemic is going to change fashion to a more leisure look.
#6) Please tell us about your passion for goats and why you named your company the Goat Fashion Group? I raise and show Pygmy goats 🐐 and when coming up with the name of the company it was just there lol and all the people that know me were like it’s the perfect fit.
#7) Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers so they can learn a little more about what you do in the fashion industry? I’m have been in the fashion industry for most of my life and truly love it. I remember going to my first magic trade show and thinking I can’t wait to be a merchandiser or sales rep.
It’s almost time to start revamping our closets for the sunny days up ahead. Desperado’s own Sam Silva brings us up to speed on the latest fashion trends for 2020!
’70s & ’90s fashion are serving in 2020. Past trends are making an encore appearance this spring. We’re seeing flowery embroidery for our boho gals, fringe and flare for our cowgirls, and leather for our fashionistas.
Denim is the central focus for this spring. Strong ’70s references with flare jeans, embroidered denim shorts and jean jackets. The bohemian trends continue with everyone’s favorite high waisted jean. High waisted jeans might be one of the best trends to make a comeback; flattering on all body types and pairing well with tees and blouses as the weather gets warmer.
We all want to be more comfortable in our clothes, which is why it’s exciting we’re seeing more relaxing fits. One trend making a comeback this spring is the drawstring pant. In our store we already see it coming in with Driftwood’s camouflage, embroidered pant. Easy to pair with a colored top or your favorite hoodie. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more!
Another comfortable style is the “mom jean” a style that is usually high waisted, making your bum appear longer and flatter. “Mom jeans” also have a relaxed fit around the zipper and leg area with long back pockets. This silhouette is great for everybody. The “mom” look has become popular the past several years, and we do not expect it to go away just yet!
Boot-cut jeans are back in a big way. At Desperado we’ve always carried your classic boot cut. This spring we’ll be seeing more of it! Many boot-cut jeans are embroidered with colors and floral designs to give them a more feminine look. We will be seeing styles like a high-waisted, flared denim cinched at the waist with a narrow belt. Perfect to pair with your favorite brand tee and our awesome Söfft sneakers for daytime wear or pair with a statement belt, buckle and boots for a night at your favorite concert. Our favorite boot picks – Liberty Black or Old Gringo of course!
If you haven’t grabbed your leather jacket yet, or just want another, now’s the perfect time. This trend is a wardrobe staple that can last years if you take good care of it. It’s the perfect layering piece for our cold nights and warmer days. Whether you’re looking for the classic black moto or hoping to find one a little more colorful, we have the best one for you! From yellow to fringe, you can’t go wrong with any of our Mauritius leather jackets.
Menswear inspired clothing is continuing into spring with blazers and trench coats. These pair well with your new relaxed fitting “mom jeans” to add some finesse to your outfit. We love this power dressing trend!
Make sure to stop by Desperado Boutique to see what new finds we bring home from market and follow our social media to stay updated!
VOGT SILVERSMITHS AT DESPERADO’S CORE…
When Desperado first opened its doors in Portland’s historic Pearl District, Western style was at its forefront. 23 years later Desperado now calls Bend, Oregon home and features a broad eclectic mix of Bohemian & Western style in its jewelry, apparel, footwear, and home decor. Vogt Silversmiths has been a part of that journey. “We’re excited to be teaming up with Vogt again. We’ve always carried Vogt Silver, but this collection is really special for us,” says Owner/Proprietor Joanne Sunnarborg. “It’s a big investment for a small boutique like Desperado to carry this much sterling silver so when Vogt approached us to do a holiday event we were thrilled!” This special Vogt Collection will be available at Desperado through Christmas with a special weekend event with giveaways on Saturday, December 14th & Sunday, December 15th. Desperado will continue to carry Vogt throughout the year on the jewelry section of our website.
THE VOGT STORY OF FINE SILVERSMITHING…
In the late 1960s, family patriarch Norm Vogt, a World War II veteran, discovered a community of sterling silver and leather artisans in Old Mexico and began a partnership that lives on to this day. In the early years, Vogt Silversmiths specialized in silver bits and spurs. The Vogt family was raised using silver ornamentation on their ranch inspired by traditional vaquero culture.
For three generations the Vogt family, now lead by Chet Vogt, has been creating the world’s finest hand-engraved solid sterling and hand tooled leather accessories. Their silver shops, located in Mexico, employ local artisans who draw upon the region’s 500 years of guild tradition developed and passed down by their great teachers and are still practiced today. Vogt’s tools and traditions have stayed the same for hundreds of years. Vogt silversmiths obsessively refine their craft and focus on creating new and beautiful designs in the ancient tradition. Every Vogt Silversmiths piece is individually crafted—by hand and by heart.
Each Vogt product, made by hand, one at a time, has an unconditional lifetime guarantee. Bend it or break it, Vogt will fix or replace it—no questions asked.
Three Incredible Trunk Shows….
Desperado will proudly host 3 Trunk Shows during our weekend event. We bring back our premier clothing line Johnny Was for an exclusive engagement Oct. 11th-13th during our Anniversary Weekend Event. As an added bonus to thank you for 23 years of supporting our small independently owned and operated boutique we’re offering 10% off all Event purchases all weekend long!!!
Just like the universal and timeless appeal of a great song, Johnny Was (by Bob Marley) designs clothing that cross cultures and defy trends. With a bohemian spirit and a true sense of authenticity, Johnny Was takes inspiration from anything that is beautiful, genuine and special.
Their signature embroideries and effortless silhouettes are unparalleled. After more than 30 years of artisan-inspired stitch work and luxe fabrications, the undying allure speaks for itself. For the woman looking to showcase her personal style, while appreciating the thoughtful details of timeless techniques. An aesthetic that embraces life with a global vision.
Footwear by Samuel Hubbard & Casta…
SHOEMAKERS SINCE 1930
IN 1930, SAMUEL J. KATZ, MY GRANDFATHER, BEGAN THE HUBBARD SHOE COMPANY, A SMALL CHILDREN’S SHOE FACTORY IN ROCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE.
BUILDING ON A TRADITION THAT GOES BACK NEARLY 85 YEARS, WE LAUNCHED THE SAMUEL HUBBARD COMPANY IN 2014, ONCE AGAIN, AS A FAMILY BUSINESS.
We are offering shoes of the very highest quality using the finest leathers from around the world. Fit and comfort are paramount in our designs and we have returned to Europe to work with some of the finest shoemakers in the world. As the third and fourth generation of a shoemaking family, we follow in the tradition of producing shoes that people love.
In Samuel Hubbard shoes we make no compromises in comfort and craftsmanship. When there is a better method, we do it that way. When there is better leather or material, we use that. In presenting each new and innovative design, we honor our past and what we have learned over the past 85 years.
OVER THE YEARS MY FATHER OFTEN SAID THAT, “WE MAKE FRIENDS WITH OUR SHOES, ONE PAIR AT A TIME”. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL AGREE AND THAT YOU WILL ENJOY MANY GREAT WALKS IN YOUR HUBBARDS.
Bruce R. Katz
CEO & Founder of Samuel Hubbard Shoe
Co-Founder of the Rockport Shoe Company
Plus…Debuting our newest line of footwear by Casta
Handcrafted in Portugal this new line of footwear for Desperado offers incredible style, comfort and fit. Made from top grain leathers with attention to detail these shoes and boots will be a great addition to your closet. Come meet Casta rep Chris Schermerhorn during our weekend event and see the latest collection in shoes & boots. 10% off all Casta & Samuel Hubbard footwear Oct. 11-13.
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 stay out of my dirty laundry! My jeans don’t need to be washed all the time, and when it’s time to wash them – machine wash cold with like colors! Also, 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. And no short cuts John…denim hates the dry cleaners! 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!!!
It’s no secret that people enjoy the finer things in life; but sometimes the finer things in life come at an all too high cost. High-end items like jewelry are commonly being copied and made from cheaper materials, yet sold at high-end prices. Unfortunately, without the right expertise, consumers can be tricked into buying stones and jewels different from what we intend.
Fake turquoise makes up about 90% of the turquoise market today. Real turquoise is a mineral found near deposits of copper. Turquoise also requires the presence of three other materials: aluminum, phosphorus, and water. The mix of these minerals make each piece of turquoise incredibly unique. Turquoise has a rare distribution of green and blue color that other mined stone simply can’t recreate. However, other stones, like howlite, can be easily manipulated and dyed to achieve an almost identical look to turquoise, at a cheaper cost.
Howlite is a borate mineral found in evaporite deposits. Like turquoise, howlite itself is a beautiful stone that can be sold in its natural state. Howlite can be found under the names of: white turquoise, white buffalo turquoise, or white buffalo stone. However it can also be altered to imitate other stones like turquoise. Because of its spongy texture, howlite is easily dyed and the dye then sinks into the pores of the mineral giving it a look very similar to real turquoise.
When consumers look at the beautiful turquoise stone, there are three things to keep in mind to be sure that the turquoise is the real thing:
- Appearance: Every piece of real turquoise will have its own, unique look. If stones are identical, they may not be real.
- Color stability: Natural turquoise will be colored throughout from its creation in the earth. The color will not rub off.
- Price: Real turquoise is going to be more expensive. If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Here are a couple tricks to find out if the turquoise is real.
- The fingernail test. The fingernail test is simply running your fingernail along the surface of the stone. If your fingernail gets caught where the veins and splotches of the stone are, chances are the stone is real. If your fingernail can run smoothly along the stone, chances are you have manipulated howlite.
- The scratch test: Howlite is a lot lighter and softer than turquoise. The scratch test will test the hardness of the stone. If the stone scratches easy, chances are you have piece of howlite. If the stone is difficult to scratch, odds are higher that it’s turquoise. Be careful when using this technique as it does involve scratching up your stone.
The only way to be certain that you are buying real turquoise is to know where it came from. There are many vendors who sell fake turquoise labeled as the real thing. You should always buy turquoise from a reputable source with expertise and knowledge of the stone’s source. Here at Desperado Boutique we highly encourage that when looking for your new jewelry you shop local and don’t be afraid to ask questions. We love to talk about where we get our products, as everything we sell comes with a story.
Desperado carries a rotating collection of Sculptural Felt & Vintage Sculpture by Brad and Sundie Ruppert. We are happy to share photos of our current exhibit. Please contact us directly at the store for more details.
More now from Sundie & Brad…
We have built a career by challenging ourselves to utilize what most people “look” at as useless and “seeing” the potential of what it could become. Combining our passion of repurposing with our fascination of texture and the need to innovate in the genre has lead us to our most recent body of work, SCULPTURAL FELT.
Working with felted fur, the oldest textile still in use today, we rescue the remnants trimmed from the brims of high-quality cowboy hats. Brad has found the circular hat-makers felt to be the epitome of a challenge. Although each scrap of felt is small, it is mighty in suppleness, texture and strength. The willingness of the felt to be transformed, both in form and texture when it is layered and nailed to a carved wood substrate makes it a perfect medium for exploring our detailed nature-inspired portraits.
When combined with Sundie’s intricately painted layers of hand-cut metal, which truly bare the soul of each portrait, it is hard for the viewer not to reach out and touch to help the brain interpret what the eyes are seeing. Each portrait is then completed by combining it with a background setting Sundie creates of multiple overlays of vintage documents, acrylic paint, charcoal and graphite by building up levels, partially sanding them down, adding more and more depth with each step of the process. It is imperative that the face details and backgrounds have as much depth and dimension as the richly textural felt so the final piece is a cohesive and comprehensive representation of the subject matter.
Probably the question we are asked most is “how long does it take?” The truth is that we don’t keep track of time. The way we create each piece is like a textural jazz fusion composition with each piece moving back and forth between each of us multiple times. We work autonomously, by trusting each other in our areas of expertise which also provides us with wonderful elements of surprise along the way and prevents us from getting stuck.
Watch this video to see a time lapse of one of Brad & Sundie’s Sculptural Felt creations.