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.

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

 

Religious and Spiritual Themes in Fashion

For centuries, spiritual symbols and themes have inspired the creation and display of art. So it comes as no surprise to us at Desperado Boutique in Bend Oregon’s Old Mill District, that many of these symbols have crossed over into today’s fashion world.

“Symbols of one’s spiritual beliefs have stood the test of time throughout the world and within the art community,” says Joanne Sunnarborg, owner of Desperado. “Now the fashion world is paying homage to these very symbols.”

Today, from Madison Avenue to the Old Mill District, it’s common to find both clothing and accessories embellished with symbols such as crosses, angel wings, rosaries, the depiction of saints, and the trendy-though-spiritual peace sign.

And while this ultimate display of wearing one’s heart on her sleeve may transcend certain styles, Sunnarborg sees it as more a tradition within the Western style of clothing.

“Because the Western lifestyle is so eclectic, it often incorporates elements of Mexican, Spanish and Native American cultures,” she said. “These cultures are steeped in spiritual and religious tradition, and that’s often depicted within their clothing and accessories. Fashions today allow people to express themselves in many different ways,” she said. “This gives people the ability to reflect their own personal beliefs in a way that’s both attractive and artistic. Many of these symbols have meanings that are universal within specific religious circles, but often people find their own, more personal meanings through the display of these symbols.”

Stop by Desperado in the Old Mill District, or their online store and see their collection of clothing and accessories that fit your fashion and spiritual style.

Magic Market Week in Vegas

On February 17th (5 AM to be precise) Joanne, Haleigh and Rebecca (that’s me) embarked on most every woman’s dream – attending the largest fashion convention in the world – better known as Magic Market Week in Las Vegas.

In a nutshell, for more than a decade, Magic Market Week has brought fashion designers and boutique retailers from around the world together. It now fills 5 Vegas convention halls and is the premiere event that shapes fashion for the upcoming year.

Wow!!!  Right??? For the record…Joanne has attended this event practically since its inception; Haleigh has been in the world of fashion practically since her conception; and I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the last 12 years, wearing mostly sweatpants and messy ponytails. Thank God for my Desperado ‘work life’ intervention!

Fueled by PowerBars, instant coffee and Emergen-C, we hit the strip running. Our mission was to visit all our major designers and to scour the endless rows of 10×12 booths. We were in search of those up-and-coming fashion designers to add to our Desperado spring, summer, fall & winter collections.

I can assure you, it’s going to be a great year at Desperado Boutique! The trends are awesome and fit really well with our broadening clothing lines. There will be lots of beautiful embroidery, soft knits, and great denim with less emphasis on bling and more on fit in really cool colors. Dresses will flatter every figure. There will be jackets in spectacular faux leather and fur.
Desperado will also be debuting a much larger footwear department with the addition of great new lines including OG by Old Gringo and Steve Madden’s new Freebird collection. My wish list is long!

Rebecca, Joanne & Haleigh with Old Gringo Rep. Michael Hawkins

The Magic Market Week days were also long. Joanne’s bracelet that monitors everything from her heart rate to sleeping patterns clocked us at walking 9 miles of convention floor in a single day. All of us were in cowboy boots! Mine, brand new and while that wasn’t my smartest packing item, it is a testament to Old Gringo- I survived. Besides we all looked good.

I could likely go on forever with tales from Vegas, but you know the saying “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”.  So I’ll leave you with a few final thoughts:

Biggest Tip: Every garment needs to be touched to know quality. And we know Joanne knows quality.

Joann at Ariat Booth, quality control is important

Biggest Triumph: Booking Johnny Was as a Trunk Show for our 18th Anniversary Celebration this fall.

Biggest Smile: Watching 4 of the original Commodores do ‘synchronize dance’ the opening night of convention. Shhhhh…Haleigh had to Google them (she’s from the younger set). Joanne and I knew all their songs (what does that tell you?).

Biggest Disappointment: Underwear models really do have perfect bodies – it’s not airbrushing after all.

Biggest Scam: the Oxygen Bar – breathing 20 minutes of blueberry smelling “pure oxygen” doesn’t really perk you up!

Biggest Scam #2: United Airlines offering a $7 voucher after telling you your flight won’t be leaving San Francisco for another 8 hours. $7 buys nothing in an airport!

Biggest Realization: I am grateful for all the Joannes and Haleighs of this world. It’s their relentless pursuit of beautiful and high quality fashion that gives us all the opportunity to feel good about the way we look.

Biggest Accomplishment: That for one week, I too could be a part of bringing to Desperado some of the best fashion the world has to offer.

~Rebecca Meade

Western Chic Defined

The beauty of Western fashion lies in the wide range of styles, textures and patterns. Begin with traditional Western Wear (denim, hand crafted boots, silver buckles, hand-tooled belts), blend in style influences from Designer Fashions (hand detailing, fashion-forward designs), Native Americans  (beads, feathers, turquoise, icons), Biker Wear (leather, scarves) and Rock-n-Roll (lots of sterling, sexy tees). The personal style possibilities are endless!

With Western Couture, you can indulge your inner “western purist” with styles from Panhandle Slim. Or spice up your look with the hip fashions from Double D Ranchwear. If your only piece is a pair of cowboy boots, you’ll find yourself wearing them with suits, skinny jeans, leggings, dresses and leather pencil skirts.

Desperado in the Old Mill District carries a splendid selection of quality Western Chic fashions from some of Americaʼs top designers. Perfect for the multiple-personality lifestyle.

As the owner of Desperado Boutique in Bend, Oregon, I help customers around the world create their unique western chic style. Contact me to chat about discovering your style.

~Joanne Sunnaborg