Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ft. Lonesome

Ft. Lonesome turns out elaborate custom Western wear chain-stitched with vintage Singer embroidery machines in the tradition of iconic rodeo tailors like Nudie Cohn and Manuel Cuevas. In some cases, Ft. Lonesome’s pieces aren’t just custom-embroidered, they’re bespoke. In addition to personal motifs that tell the wearer’s story, the garments themselves can be made of custom cut-to-fit patterns. You can also choose to have custom designs stitched onto a garment you already own and love, or purchase from FL’s Camp line of restored garments made from upcycled pieces made with quality fabrics and construction. Whichever way you cut it, they’re “tailored, personal heirloom garments.

I love the idea of cowboy day-to-night that underpins Ft. Lonesome’s pieces. The idea of, on the one hand, utilitarian denim workwear and on the other meticulously pressed, elaborately stitched shirts paired with shined-up boots — rugged to rhinestone, with Western wear you get the best of both worlds.

I’ve often wondered what kind of design I’d want if the dream opportunity to have a custom-made Nudie suit came up. Probably something involving palm trees. With Ft. Lonesome, custom western wear dreams are more within reach than ever.

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