Getting back into horseback riding after a long hiatus was a huge step for me. It was something I would be doing just for me, and it seemed I had put it off long enough. I still had my old helmet, the velvet one with the grosgrain bow on the back, and my newer (15 years old) paddock boots that were in fairly good condition. There was also my original crop that had been bent to a lifeless limp after being boxed and stored for several of life's moves. I couldn't suck it up enough to fit into my old breeches (why had I saved them?!) So I just delt with the situation by wearing basic leggings. Once I got back in the saddle I wasn't going to give it up. After a few lessons, I needed to get better equipped and better outfitted. The internet search began and the obsession over riding clothes has been never ending.
I've been collecting more and more riding clothes, yet I'm always in search of the shirt that will fit me just right. I always like the fabric of one shirt, the fit of another, the cuff of this one and the collar of that one. The thought of designing my own riding shirt wouldn't go away.
I've spent a good deal of time researching "how to start a fashion business" (that's probably exactly what I googled.) And now, a few years later, I'm taking the plunge and going into design and development (among other essential business steps.) The journey of starting this business will be chronicled here as I lead up to the launch of the initial collection in the spring of 2019. I share this experience so you will know what values and decisions have gone into the creating of the brand and designing the pieces.