Celebrating 23 Years @desperado….

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.

Johnny Was. Embrace the beauty, look beyond and enjoy the journey.

Footwear by Samuel Hubbard & Casta…



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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.


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.

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

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Images from market in LV.

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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.

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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” ????

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Images from this years retailers show in LV.

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!!!

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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 with shoes &… Celebrates 20 Years!!! October 7-9

Image of Johnny Was clothing.It’s hard to believe what started out as a western lifestyle store in the heart of Portland’s historic Pearl District 20 years ago has morphed into one of Bend’s best boutique shopping experiences. Desperado with our new footwear and accessory store Shoes &… is pulling out all the stops to celebrate our 20th Anniversary!!! Do not miss this extraordinary event from Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th – same weekend as BendFilm. We will be featuring Trunk Shows from every line of Johnny Was. No kidding – we’ll have some 300 garments from Johnny Was, Biya, JWLA, Pete & Greta, and 4Love & Liberty. Our dear friend and JW expert, Erin Honaker, will be here from LA to help women find that perfect treasure. All garments will be available for special order with delivery before the holidays!Image of Liberty Black boots.
And that’s not all… we’re also flying in Greg Neighbors from Liberty Black Boots for a Trunk Show experience like none other. We’ll have enough boots to seriously overload your wish list. These boots have their roots in traditional Mexican craftsmanship with some 200 steps to create an authentic and well made boot you’ll cherish and wear for years to come!

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And of course it wouldn’t be a desperado party without lots of food, libations, festivities, and giveaways! Friday night come for our kickoff party featuring the Americana sound of Doc Ryan & Wychus Creek Band from 6:00-7:30. Whisky tasting from Central Oregon micro-distiller Cascade Alchemy with bottles of their fabulous line of libations available for sale. These signature spirits have become a premier micro-distilled alcohol in the Northwest and include tempting varieties like vodkas infused with chai tea, apple pie, and hot peppers. Bourbon and gin will also be available for your tasting pleasure & purchase.

Festivities & Trunk Shows continue all weekend!!!
Friday, 9/7 – 10:00am-8:00 pm
Saturday, 9/8 – 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday, 9/9 – 11:00am-6:00pmGraphic logo of Cascade Alchemy.

Celebrate Women Event Friday, Sept. 16th 11am-6pm

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Don’t miss Desperado with Shoes &… September Event Celebrating Women!  Join us Friday, September 16th starting at 11:00 for luscious libations from Central Oregon’s own micro-distiller Cascade Alchemy, a light lunch and all the fashion and footwear you want.  We’ll be bringing in Vionic Fit Specialist, Johnny Riker, to help you find the perfect pair of shoes that can change your life.  And we mean it!  Vionic is the only footwear endorsed by the Podiatrist Society and come with their own built-in orthotic. And that’s not all.  Meet Bend artist April Lucas as she launches her newest line of custom jewelry April75.  Pick from her fall line or customize your own piece for a unique look that’s fabulous and affordable. Plus – desperado is proud to present our newest clothing line Odd Molly.  We think Odd Molly will be a perfect fit for our boutique – combining exquisite design, impeccable tailoring, and a boho look with a chic flare.  Don’t worry out-of-towners, we’ll have it on our website soon.Graphic showing details of September event Celebrating Women.Graphic of September event Celebrating Women.

Graphic showing details of September event Celebrating Women.

Men’s First Ever Shoe Event by Timberland

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Gentleman you are in for a treat. We are hosting our first ever shoe event exclusively for men featuring one of our favorite lines of shoes from Timberland. Please join us Friday, June 24th from 5-8 and Saturday, June 25th from 10-6. Our reps from Timberland will be at Shoes &… showcasing their latest in fabulous footwear. Even if you’re not in the market for a new pair of great shoes we hope you will stop by and give us your input to help us develop our men’s shoe lines with what you like best. We’ll be kicking off Friday night with whiskey tasting by local distiller Cascade Alchemy, prizes and giveaways all weekend long including jewelry, gift certificates and a pair of Timberland shoes! And for our woman cliental, Jennifer Anderson of Allora Designs is back by popular demand with her fabulous jewelry line for summer. So please join us for a weekend of fantastic footwear, gorgeous jewelry and of course plenty of fun because at desperado with shoes & more our motto is always: Good Shoes take you Good Places!   

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Desperado Denim Event – Saturday April 16, 11-7pm

Don't miss our Denim Fit Event with LA Denim Fit Expert Kaitlin Moor of Dear John Denim & Jewelry by Allora!
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, flair 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 Saturday, September 16th from 11:00-7:00pm Desperado Boutique in the Old Mill District will hold its second Denim Fit Event with Dear John Denim Expert Kaitlin Moor. Local jewelry designer Jen Anderson of Allora Jewelry will also be hosting a Trunk Show. Denim fit expert Kaitlin Moor resides in Los Angeles and represents one of the America’s leading jean fashion lines: Dear John.

We caught up with Kaitlin recently and picked her brain on what women can expect to learn at Desperado’s Denim Fit Event.

Kaitlin, what is the first thing a woman should think about when investing in a pair of jeans? Fit, Fit, Fit…

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, 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.

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. Anything over that is usually made in Los Angeles and you are paying a “Premium” because of it… 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.

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.

Desperado’s Denim Fit Event takes place Saturday, April 16th from 11:00-7:00pm in the Old Mill District.

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 

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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.