Old friends and coworkers Stephanie Young and Debi Hensley may have met in the corporate world, but they spent their free time riding horses and bonding over their mutual love of art and fashion. The pair enjoyed attending horse shows to see the animals they both loved and check out the Western-themed merchandise, but were consistently taken aback by the lack of modern, original, high-quality goods for sale. “We found that everyone offered the same stuff at the shows,” says Hensley, recalling an array of bejeweled and somewhat gaudy, mass-produced and uninspired products.
Fueled by their passion for classic Western cowgirl culture, fashion and ranch life, the two took a chance on doing something they both loved. They brought to life what was missing from the marketplace: modern Western apparel and accessories. “We love the process of creating new concepts you can’t find anywhere else and bringing them to life.”
Hensley and Young reached out to their saddlemaker for guidance, working with him on handbag designs and learning to work with leather in his workshop. Later, they transformed their ranch photography into t-shirt designs, and created their very popular, show-stopping Swarovski Crystal encrusted Longhorn skulls.
The pair enlisted Hensley’s sister, Michelle King, to design the jewelry for bigshotcowgirl. Together, the three carefully control the quality of their work by hand-selecting the leathers and hides for their handbags, and cutting and sewing each piece themselves. All of their jewelry is hand-beaded and features components like naturally shed deer antlers, horns and other natural materials. “The handbags and jewelry are our most popular product lines,” explains Hensley. “Our t-shirts also sell very well, and we get rave reviews with hundreds of “likes” and “shares” on our crystal Longhorns.”
Expect to find one-of-a-kind, high-quality statement pieces from bigshotcowgirl this summer in Dallas. Their modern, urban cowgirl style appeals to fashion-forward women searching for both non-traditional Western fashion and décor, and stylish accessories featuring unique natural elements.
Company Name: bigshotcowgirl
Studio Location: Frisco, TX