Fashion Break Down and Break Through!

I am here in my fourth week at HITS and this is about the time I get to my breaking point. Leaving the parking lot of my isolated hotel on my way to the show park, the tears start to stream involuntarily as I begin to dread the drama that inevitably surrounds the equestrian retail business. From the unethical business practices of some of my competitors, to the raising prices of European imports, and of course the heart breaking realization that after I have invested time and money into something I believe in, that someone else is reaping all of the benefits, having done nothing but ride on my show coat tails. Despite by innate competitive nature, I have come to realize that I might just be a little too honest, a little too agreeable, and definitely a lot too fair in my approach to this business.

And then I turn the corner and pass through the big iron gates that separates the equestrians of the world from, well let’s face it, everyone else that’s sane and normal!

The first thing that catches my eye is an almost crimson liver chestnut glistening in the sun while his faithful groom gently hoses him off. To the right of this beautiful creature are two playful border collies, chasing each other through the maze of tack trunks, while the horses bob their heads up and down in anticipation of their morning meal.

Then just ahead a darling dressed little girl leading her fancy hunter pony back to the show arena with dreams of blue ribbons and galloping victory laps dancing through her imagination. Her proud father is trailing closely behind with a bag of necessities on either arm.

Finally I see one of my customers who I dressed head to toe just a few days ago, looking polished and pretty with a second place ribbon in her hand and a content smile on her face.

And I think to myself, this is why I do this. Because I love the horses, I love the dogs, I love the ponies and the kids, I love my customers, and because I love the equestrian fashion that reminds me this life is worth the drama, it’s worth the expense, and it’s worth the tears. Because in the end all of life’s passions have their downsides, but how many of them also have fabulous clothing!

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As you know I am always looking for new and fabulous collections to share with my customers, and this little gem of a company was referred to me a few days ago.

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For me it tells a story of how we all want to look and feel, giving us a vehicle to express our love for this lifestyle that clings to our every fiber.

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These images embrace the sophistication

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The  romance

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The playfulness

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The tradition

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And classic style that everyone associates with horses and this addictive lifestyle.

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I am hoping to make a connection with the company and share some of these spectacular pieces with all you.

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For now the hopes of wearing this collection will keep the tears at bay, and I will suck it up and make sure you all stay fresh and stylish!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angie
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 03:38:53

    OMG I need that cream and pink coat! It would look perfect on Pixie! 🙂

    Reply

  2. Jacqueline
    Mar 14, 2013 @ 22:42:48

    Where is the jacket in the last picture from? It is gorgeous!

    Reply

    • rspurge
      Mar 24, 2013 @ 16:28:10

      It’s from a South American designer that I am trying to bring into LA Saddlery. As soon as I get my hands on it I will let you know! That jacket will retail for around $600 I believe so start saving up because it is spectacular looking!

      Reply

  3. Michelle Hicks
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 08:56:01

    Hello, I love your blog.

    Reply

  4. Michelle Hicks
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 13:42:41

    Hello again.
    Would you be interested in any of my jackets that I design and manufacture in Australia. The Molly and Kaytlyn can be made up in a lovely 100% Merino wool
    in Charcoal/Navy Herringbone or in black. I favour self fabric buttons but also offer a cute snaffle bit insignia on silver button. This style has a peplum rear and looks so sweet. You can view more photos on facebook. http://www.hicksapparel.com
    Warmest regards, Michelle

    Reply

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