Monday, August 18, 2008

ModernGear Fashion: Giddyup into fall

A tip of the cowboy hat goes to the grandfather of the snap-button cowboy shirt - a man named Jack Weil - who passed away last week at age 107. Mr. Weil, known as Papa Jack to his family and customers, started his company Rockmount Ranch Wear in 1946 in Denver. He was thought to be the oldest CEO in the world, as he stayed at the helm of the company until just a few days before his death.

Rockmount Ranch Wear appeared in movies, worn by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain...
Dennis Quaid in Flesh & Bone, and other movies. Celebrity fans included Elvis Presley, Clark Gable, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, and more.

The shirts were loved by cowboys and cowgirls, and by people who wanted to be like cowboys and cowgirls. Papa Jack was a man who was passionate about his work, and his product. How fitting, then, that Western-influenced shirts and going mad for plaid seem to be all the rage for fall! A true tribute to the man who outfitted so many.

Here are my favourite pics for the Western-inspired shirt, either a direct cowgirl style, or those with at least an inspiration - plaid, snap-button, etc. tells us that this one, worn by Lauren Conrad, is by Elizabeth & James, $245, at, but it's sold out.

From Tobi
Fara Tuxedo shirt $164

Cheap Monday June Shirt $65

Cheap Monday June Shirt

Cheap Monday Emil Shirt Was $55, Sale $22

Cheap Monday Emil Shirt


Da-Nang Embroidered Gauze Shirt Ash $150
Also available in white and black

Da-Nang Embroidered Gauze Shirt Ash


Paul & Joe Cowgirl Embroidered Button-Down $403

Paul & Joe Cowgirl Embroidered Button-Down

Nili Lotan Shrunken Western Shirt
Was $77.40, Sale $77.40
Nili Lotan Shrunken Western Shirt

Fleur and Feather shirt, $220

From Forever 21
Cotton Short Sleeve Plaid Shirt $17.80
Midwest Plaid Shirt $22.90
Trixie 3Q Plaid Shirt $19.90
From American Eagle Outfitters
AE Plaid Favorite Shirt $39.50
BDG Boyfriend Buttondown $48
Lux Frontier Blouse Was $38, Sale $14.99
Silence & Noise Exeter Plaid Dress $58

A lot of these tops are sort of boyfriend-influenced, as is going to be the case with a lot of fall fashion - sweaters, jeans, etc. so...tomorrow's post will feature cowboy shirts for guys, that you might just want to borrow.

Giddyup! Rest in peace, Papa Jack.


Anonymous said...

I really like that one of LC's. Wish that was still for sale. If you find it anywhere else, please let us know!

Anonymous said...

I STILL haven't seen Brokeback Mountain, but with that pic of those two fine specimen of men... I think it will be our Friday-moved-to-Saturday-night-flick!

Thanks for stopping by! You're now in my reader-feeder!

ModernGear TV said...

Anon - me too! I'll let you know if I find it...though if you're an XS I might have to flip ya for it!

Gin - I haven't either!!! I know, crazy! Maybe that's next on NetFlix. Thank you for reader-feedering me!!! Nice to have you 'round these parts. That's just the cowgirl shirt talking.