Desperado Teams Up with Vogt Silversmiths through Christmas & Special Event Dec.14-15


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.


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.

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.


Images from LA Market.

Handbags, Handbags, Handbags!!!

One of the most exciting things about opening Shoes &… by desperado is the “&…” which means lots more in the way of accessories like news lines of jewelry, scarves, and of course… HANDBAGS! We have always taken great pride in carrying amazing handbag lines. Since the opening of our new shoe and accessory store we’ve taken that pride to a whole new level.

Hobo the original

Sheila by Hobo

Hobo in Frost

Hobo in Frost

Hobo the original is a line we started carrying at Desperado more than a year ago and now we’ve more then quadrupled our collection to include fantastic bags, clutches and a wide variety of amazing wallets.

We like to say, “made by women, designed by women,” as you’ll discover in each great piece made with the finest leather, gorgeous linings and the perfect hidden pocket for easy access to our cell phones! Hobo’s unmatched quality, and incredible construction never go out of style making this handbag line one you will cherish for years.

Big Buddha

Big Buddha

Another new line of handbags at Shoes &… is Big Buddha, our incredible line of vegan leather bags that are sure to get a girl noticed. This line of handbags blends flirty fashion with practical and versatile design. Big Buddha uses rich, luxurious materials that look and feel great, at an affordable price. Big Buddha bags feature all the function you’re looking for with plenty of pockets, adjustable shoulder straps and top zippers.

And that’s just a sampling of what’s new at Shoes &… by desperado!

Karmen Gold Clutch

Karmen Gold Clutch


Graya by Big Buddha

Graya by Big Buddha

Grayson by Big Buddha

Grayson by Big Buddha


Desperado Opens New Shoe & Accessory Store

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Desperado’s rebrand success leads to the opening of New Shoe Store In Bend’s Old Mill District 

by Rebecca Meade

After nearly 20 years in the boutique world, Bend clothing storeowner Joanne Sunnarborg is expanding her business this fall with the grand opening of Shoes &… by desperado. “We are truly excited to be opening a shoe and accessory store in the Old Mill District. It’s what our customers are asking for. It’s filling a niche of fashionable footwear and accessories that will be chic and comfortable,” says Sunnarborg.   “I want people to be able to wake up to snow and know they have footwear from my store that will get them down the driveway and will look great in the office too,“ Sunnarborg says smiling. She then quickly adds, “And when you’re heading south in the middle of January, we’ll carry year-round great vacation footwear too.”

Two years ago Desperado rebranded its boutique. The store moved away from being a high-end western specialty store and created a boutique experience that Sunnarborg says better meets customer’s needs. “We changed up our clothing to fashion forward, trend setting lines, some with a unique bohemian flair. It’s working, and we intend to follow that success in our new shoe store,” Sunnarborg shares with pride. Boots will continue to be part of what the new store offers.

Shoes &… by desperado will have its grand opening along with its sister store’s 19th Anniversary with a Trunk Show Celebration on October 16th-18th. The Friday night kickoff party will feature live music by local favorite Moon Mountain Ramblers. Libations will be offered all weekend long.

Shoes &… will be located right next to Desperado on the Old Mill District’s North end. The new shoe store will have its own entrance on Powerhouse Drive, but will be accessible from Desperado by a doorway between the two stores. “They are definitely two separate stores, but we want people to be able to easily access our shoes and accessories to go with a new outfit or be able to pick out clothes to match that great new pair of heels,” says Sunnarborg. “I’ve built my business on customer service. We believe the new shoe store is another way to better serve our growing clientele. We are very lucky to live in a community that loves to shop local. Bend’s economy may be tourist based, but our core demographic is from right here in Central Oregon,” she says.

The new shoe store will offer a wide variety of footwear at a moderate price point. Many of the shoe lines will range in price from about $75 to $150 with an emphasis on quality and fashion, and still be comfortable. Cost of the boots will generally run higher. “We will still carry our amazing cowboy boots by companies like Old Gringo, Liberty Black, and Tres Outlaws. They’ve become mainstream and are a ‘must have’ in many women’s and men’s closets,” Sunnarborg smiles. She is bringing in world-renowned custom boot maker, Tony Benattar of Liberty Boot Company, for the new shoe store’s grand opening. “He’s the best of the best when it comes to custom boots. Seeing this level of craftsmanship is something not to miss,” says Sunnarborg.

Sunnarborg says she will also carry amazing fashion lines by shoe designers like OTBT, Sofft, Steve Madden, Bernie Mev, Charles David, ASH, Minnetonka, Free Bird and Timberland for men. Jewelry, scarves and handbags will round out the accessories portion of the new store. Sunnarborg say, “I plan to listen to my customers. If there is a shoe or handbag line they like, I want to know about it. I want to know what’s important to them. It’s how we do business and as we like to say these days – it’s in our sole.”

Find your Sole and much more in Bend’s newest shoe boutique, featuring footwear and accessories that will make your inner and outer self-shine.