Vogue Western

BUCK BRANNAMAN/PETER CAMPBELL ROPING THE ROCKIES CLINIC, COCHRANE, ALBERTA


Welcome to Vogue Western, a category I’ve decided to devote to the unique genre of clothing and accessories we call western. Throughout it I’m going to post photos of what I consider hits to the core and vitality of western wear – in all it’s tradition, cosmopolitanism, luxury, polish, hipness and flair. Since my travels can take me anywhere from a 4-H club show in rural Alberta to the culture-shock of an Arabian Show in Scottsdale, I figure I’m in a great position to amass an interesting cross section of all that is western to entertain and inspire your own sense of fashionableness.

For our opener, I chose this shot of a vaquero-styled ranch hand at a clinic I attended a year or so ago, because he, quite likely unbeknownst to himself dominated the film of most of the media’s cameramen and women that day. Yes, it was the blue shirt, the sky blue shirt – ageless in style, modern in adaption. It was a bleak Canadian wintery day, a dark arena, a conservative crowd, and he chose this to wear.

Our cameras loved him.

Comments

  1. Chelsea Cunningham says

    I realize that the post I am commenting on is years old. It doesn’t seem to matter though as the the activities, the cowboys and yes, the shirt, are still timeless and irresistible. This picture paints a great memory for me as my husband was riding alongside, Jesse Franke the man in the blue shirt, and now has these great memories along with many times of branding and riding good horses together. You see, Jesse Franke, passed away last year in a welding accident. He left behind a very pregnant wife and many dear friends. Today, Jesse Franke Jr., is a wee little blessing to many and a reminder of a great man with a great sense of style.

  2. Tyrell Esau says

    Jesse always had a great sense of style he had many unique outfits but always looked like a classy cowboy he will be dearly missed but we will always have these great memories of him .

  3. Cindy Esau says

    Jesse, my nephew, the cowboy with the largest heart ever! This is truly a fantastic picture of him and shows exactly how he was. I don’t know if he ever saw this picture but he would have appreciated the comment you made about the cameras ‘loving him’. The horse community and our family lost a very important member with his untimely death. If there are horses in heaven (where we know Jesse is because his Jesus was so important to him) I know Jesse will be working with him, riding them as fast as possible and waiting for his family to join his fun!

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