EVERY January, Denver, Colorado, becomes the the epicenter for cowgirl fashion and design during the annual Western and English Sales Association Show (WESA), a five day, to-the-trade preview of all things western. The COWGIRL editorial team bundles up and makes the sojourn to seek out the latest and greatest fashion, home furnishings and equine accessories to share with you, our cherished readers.
It’s also a time to socialize with friends and business associates while taking in some of the culture and cuisine Denver has to offer.
This is a city that exudes a western spirit forged from traditional cow-town traditions, but updated with a stylish dose of “country couture.” Lucky for us, we get invited to the WESA show’s top functions and parties at venues throughout downtown Denver, and can report back on some of the mile-high city’s hottest meals and deals! Larimer Street is one such utterly charming destination. Under a canopy of glittering lights, a metropolis boulevard lined with shops and restaurants bustles with activity, the clip-clopping sounds of horse-drawn carriages in the background.
The annual Cry Baby Ranch trunk show attracts the Who’s Who in western couture and ready-to-wear; this exclusive, standing–room–only party is where designers, fashion editors and famous horsewomen converge to “shop and be seen.” Cocktails flow while guests nibble on pretzel-bun steak sandwiches and savory taquitos.
Just down the street is Ted’s Montana Grill, where hungry revelers can feast on the eatery’s signature bison filets. Up and down the block, coffee shops, ice cream parlors and swank restaurants and bars sparkle with hip patrons adding their own unique constelations to the spectacular Denver nightlife. They are never disappointed…and neither are we!
Photos: Ken Amorosano