It is very rare that I post a photo of myself since I am camera shy, but with My Dear Tejas site going live today, it seemed like an appropriate day to post a photo of myself taken by @conchoeli at his spectacular ranch in Texas. Ever talented @bevensen designed the site and the keen eyes of @chandaawilliams designed the logo. Thank you all for supporting me in this exciting new phase. www.mydeartejas.com
The word "tejas" is originally a Native American word for friend. It is often thought to be Spanish but used by the Caddo Indians long before the Spanish arrived.
For years, I have recalled fond memories of a favorite fringed buckskin jacket I had in college....it's now the inspiration for an exciting new project that marries my sustainable, sensible side with my honed design aesthetic. After 30 years of working as the owner of Workshop and Dosa on Union Street in San Francisco, I am excited to create a leather collection that women can wear with ease and treasure for many years.
A recent visit to a ranch in west Texas illuminated my vision of reworking the venerated college jacket into a simple and elegant deerskin jacket, using sustainably sourced American leather from deer that roam wide open expanses of the land. We selected a tannery in Colorado working to keep the tannery traditions alive in North America. My Dear Tejas jackets and bags are meticulously crafted by artisans in Texas.
The collection will be sold exclusively at trunk shows, by appointments, and at mydeartejas.com.
My Dear Tejas will have a showroom within @zincdetails, a highly regarded design store at 1633 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.
The first My Dear Tejas trunk show is hosted by @ericatanov Marin Country Mart in Larkspur on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from Noon to 5:00 pm. Erica Tanov boutiques feature the designer's own collection, alongside a carefully curated selection of other brands of clothing, home goods, jewelry, and apothecary. #deerskin#leatherjacket #madeinusa#madeintexas#visittexas#exploretexas#trunkshow#americanmade