Western Wear

bottlenecker

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I've been interested in rodeo tailors for some time now, but I generally wear just run of the mill western wear, ranging from work grade to a little dressy. Lately I've listened to three different interviews where a surprising importance was placed on western wear in someone's musical career. One was Pete Anderson, who said finding a good tailor was a very early step in Dwight Yoakam determining his career direction. I think it went something like 1. write songs 2. find a tailor.

At the very least, this justifies a borderline obsession of mine. So I'd like to discuss some western wear with those of you that wear it, especially for the stage.

Where do you get your western wear? Fifteen years ago I just went to tack shops and got pretty good shirts, lately I just order them. But I'm way up north here. I know some of you probably have access to a lot more where you are.
Anyone ever had a tailor?
Do you have separate stage wear?

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You know what's funny...when I was back in Chicago we had numerous western wear cowboy shops with great prices in the old hood right in the middle of the city. It was about 6 or so years ago but right by where Ashland ave met Chicago ave there was a huge two floor shop on Ashland and the one on Chicago was big too. I got some great low profile boots at the Ashland shop that lasted many years, comfy as heck too and you could sneak a plastic flask into anywhere with those suckers. Good times, good times.


Edit, one of the shops is still there:

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The legend of the urban cowboy lives on!
 
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I used to have a ton of shirts like that, and a couple of sport coats. All from the thrift store (Winnipeg had a manufacturer of it back in the day). Let them all go, but kept the bolo ties for some reason.
 

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bottlenecker

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Kenny Vaughan posted on Facebook once about the suits The Superlatives wear and I asked him where they got them, this is where he directed me:


I also check eBay for Scully, Larry Mahan and C Bar H clothing.

I think that's the other big famous name in nashville besides manuel.
 

bottlenecker

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You know what's funny...when I was back in Chicago we had numerous western wear cowboy shops with great prices in the old hood right in the middle of the city. It was about 6 or so years ago but right by where Ashland ave met Chicago ave there was a huge two floor shop on Ashland and the one on Chicago was big too. I got some great low profile boots at the Ashland shop that lasted many years, comfy as heck too and you could sneak a plastic flask into anywhere with those suckers. Good times, good times.


Edit, one of the shops is still there:

WBWuIjsl.jpg


The legend of the urban cowboy lives on!

I wouldn't buy anything without seeing how I look on the horse first!
 

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Far and away the coolest t-shirt on the planet.
Where might I purchase one of those?
Honestly they are very hard to find. I don't have a link or anything to share with you, sorry. I should have bought a few of them when I had a source.

I do agree though, it's super cool.:cool:
 

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I've been interested in rodeo tailors for some time now, but I generally wear just run of the mill western wear, ranging from work grade to a little dressy. Lately I've listened to three different interviews where a surprising importance was placed on western wear in someone's musical career. One was Pete Anderson, who said finding a good tailor was a very early step in Dwight Yoakam determining his career direction. I think it went something like 1. write songs 2. find a tailor.

At the very least, this justifies a borderline obsession of mine. So I'd like to discuss some western wear with those of you that wear it, especially for the stage.

Where do you get your western wear? Fifteen years ago I just went to tack shops and got pretty good shirts, lately I just order them. But I'm way up north here. I know some of you probably have access to a lot more where you are.
Anyone ever had a tailor?
Do you have separate stage wear?

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Nudie suits, up until the early '90s when they shutdown the business. They were the best!
 

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Hey, @bottlenecker - guess I forgot about this thread. No big deal. Maybe my experience is a little different- a lot kids wore shirts like this when I was growing up - small town Colorado- but we just called them “shirts”. To call them Western shirts would have been redundant. Add a bolo tie, you’re ready for Sunday School.

Anyhow, once it became some kind of fashion, I pretty much stuck to the plain stuff. I have two “fancy” shirts - one was a gift. I rarely wear those - although I used to do an annual Christmas gig for one of the VA offices in Houston, and the White Buffalo shirt was a good fit for that.

Now I’m back near my old hometown and everywhere you look, the world is buried under suburbs and shopping malls and it don’t frickin’ matter what I wear. So I do gig with Pearl snaps, fuggitall! Sometimes, anyway.

Rockmount is pretty expensive these days, so I checkout thrift stores in BFE places.
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