July 1st, Repeal of Proscription

July 1st celebrates the repeal of Proscription. In 1746, after the Battle of Culloden, the Parliament of Great Britain enacted Proscription to assimilate the Scottish Highlands. The Dress Act was part of this Act and made wearing the Highland Dress illegal. No Scot was allowed to wear their clan’s tartan or kilt. Over thirty years later, on July 1st 1782, the Proscription Act was repealed and Scots could once again display their tartans.

If you have Scottish anscestry, this is your day to proudly wear your clan’s tartan.

Spade Brooch
Spade Brooch


Celtic Brooch in Silver
Celtic Brooch in Silver


Celtic Brooch in Bronze
Celtic Brooch in Bronze

WESA 2013 a Great Success!

The Western and English Sales Association convention in Denver was a tremendous success. This year, Alex and Mike took reins of the booth. They met a few of our vendors and met some new wholesale customers that we’ll be excited to do business with.



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Denver from the hotel room. It’s a cold day for those of us from Seattle! Temps down to zero at night.

denver at night

Denver Federal Building at night.

fire dance

The fashion show begins with a fire dance.

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Fashion Show

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Fashion Showdowntown denver

Downtown Denver

mike long oval

Mike makes a long oval

david morgan booth

The David Morgan booth

just one beer

Just one beer will do

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Edward Strozier and Will Conner from BC Hats


Dinner companions: BC Hats, Shady Brady Hats and Akubra Hatsalex at booth

Alex watching the booth





WESA photos

Our trip to the January Western Equestrian Sales Association ( WESA ) in Denver was a success. The January show is larger than September’s, giving Will and Mike a chance to introduce Akubra Hats to more dealers (and make more friends). 

Chico Basin

We visited Chico Basin, a large working ranch that offers guest stays and educational programs.


Horse in Chico Basin

Chico Basin


Restored Schoolhouse

Restored Schoolhouse (built in the late 1800s).


Jose and Jose Cerrillos

Jose Luis Cerrillos and his son, Jose of Continental Leather Fashions


Bonita of Silverton Shirts

Larry and Jaya Knapp

Larry Knapp and his wife, Jaya of Cordon y Cuero


Gretel Underwood 

Gretel Underwood of Gretel Underwood, Inc.

Will Conner and Will Morgan

Will Conner of BC Hats and Will Morgan


John Brady, Shady to his friends, of Shady Brady Hat Company

Rick Richardson and Kim Tune

Rick Richardson and Kim of Two Gray Hills 


Brian, Tom and Barry

Brian, Tom and Barry of Farm Boy and Farm Girl ClothingDale, Charon and Leo

Dale, Charon and Leo of Geier Glove


Bruce Chacon

Bruce Erickson of Chacon Belts

Linda Bodick

Linda Bodick of Kabana



From left to right:  Tinka and Tisha (Edna Designs), Pam (Whimsical Originals), Pat Dahnke & Christina (Designs by Pat) and Michelle (Red Star Riggings Hat).

A Weekend of Whip Cracking

John Leonetti stopped by the store just after Christmas to introduce his friend, Paul Johnson.  Along with Will Morgan, they examined and photographed several of David’s whips.   


John and David


David and Paul

Below are some photographs from David’s collection.  (Some photos courtesy of John Leonetti)




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Deer Hoof with thong from Beau Hickory, made in the 1970s.john2

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Peruvian whip from Bernardo del Carpio



On Sunday, Will, John and Paul spent the day cracking whips at the SANCA facilities with BWAHAHA (The Barton-Wright Applied Hopology And Historical Antagonistics League).


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John, Paul and Louie Foxx



Whip Cracking

Braiding Whips