Bend Guest Artist Barbara Slater Debuts Summer Installation @desperado!!!

Images of Barbara Slater paintings.

Desperado is proud to debut our artist in resident, Barbara Slater’s, newest florals this summer.  Slater’s work has been a fixture at our store for years and we think you will love her latest exhibit.

We caught up with Barbara recently and she shared what inspires her work.  “I love flowers, I love their shapes and colors so I decided to do them them a little edgy!” says Slater.

Slater’s works have been showcased in Bend’s “Cascade Arts & Entertainment” magazine as well as frequently appearing in the magazine “Ranch and Country”.

Images of Barbara Slater's paintings.

“Somewhere in my mind I’m always thinking about or looking for a painting. Every painting that I start demands a new language,

it feels unfamiliar at times as though this is the first one I have ever done,” reflects Slater.  “It is in my blood and takes up a huge part of my life.” she says.

Slater’s work has touched our lives too.  Barbara has painted portraits of some of our favorite past pets and has done commissioned work capturing our client’s favorite pets on canvas too.

Besides desperado boutique and several other art galleries in Central Oregon she was recently showcased in the Oil Painters of America show in Carmel, California.

Slater’s oil on canvas florals will be on display and for sale @desperado through September.

Double Trunk Shows Featuring Jafa Footwear & Viereck Apparel June 29 – July 1

Images of Jafa footwear & dress by Viereck.

Step into the fabulous world of Jafa Footwear and Viereck Apparel.  This will be an action packed weekend at desperado with shoes &… as we combine Jafa, one our best fashion footwear lines, with an amazing line of dresses and apparel by LA fashion designer Deborah Viereck.

Deborah’s line of Viereck Apparel come in the most amazing patterns and silhouettes creating beautiful dresses, pants and tops that fit lots of body types and styles.  These dresses are made in Los Angeles from wrinkle resistant fabrics that are perfect for travel.  Just roll and go!  Their unique designs make them suitable for work and play whether you pair them with a sporty sneaker or gorgeous vibrant leather Jafa shoes! Jafa Footwear are handmade shoes and boots from Israel.  They are made from the finest top grain leather and a have a polyurethane (platform styles) or thermo-plast rubber (flats) sole that are so light weight you’ll think you’re walking on a cloud.

Our Double Trunk Show Event starts Friday, June 29th and will continue all weekend through Sunday, July 1.

There will be libations served and a chance to win a dress or pair of shoes.

And that’s not all…if you buy a Viereck dress and a pair of Jafa we’ll give you a fabulous straw hat FREE!!!

Images of Viereck dress and Jafa shoes.

 

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