Angel´s feathers

Photo courtesy of Kate Szumanska of Show Funky Clothing

If show jackets had a soul, I would say it is made of their decorations. Without them, show clothing would be just pieces of fabric. Decorations don’t just make the garment beautiful, but they represent the rider’s personality. Spikes, chains, pearls, fringes… the possibilities are endless.

Today we are going to speak about feathers. Feathers are not as popular as fringes, but you can see them at every big show. They have an allure of freedom, maybe because they are connected with the idea of flying. Kate Szumanska, founder of Show Funky Clothing, is a big fan of feathers. I asked her why she likes them so much and how she came to the idea to use them.

 

Do you use a lot of feathers in your show clothing line?

Kate: I wouldn’t say I use them really a lot although I have had some and I plan to make a couple more soon. But probably compared to most designers I am quite fond of them.

Why did you come to the idea to use feathers?

 Kate: It is not only about the feathers. I would have to say it is more about the shoulder pieces in general. I got inspired with shoulder piece work and feathers work by the singer Adam Lambert. He has quite stunning outfits and a wild style that I personally love and find catchy for the eyes. I like my clothing line to stand out and have kind of a high fashion vibe to it. The name Show Funky Clothing says it all: the garments from me are supposed to be funky, fun and original.

In what part of the garment do you normally use them?

Kate: I use them on the shoulders. I think these accessories compliment the show shirt or jacket itself but also the rider’s silhouette. It brings out that extra sharp look and catches they eyes. I am not a fan of the big and bulky shoulder accessories but I think some beads, fringes, feathers and so on really make the show outfit stand out.

Thank you Kate!!!

As Kate said, feathers are mostly popular over the shoulders, no matter if it is a jacket, a vest or a zip up shirt. They can be a really fun accessory, especially if you want to mix different colors!

Do you like feathers? Would you use them on your show clothes?

The cutest clothes on earth

Photo courtesy of Brittanie Herrnstein of Brittz Glitz

Kids are the future of our industry. The small fry of today is the World Champion of tomorrow. Moreover, they add cuteness to every horse show! It is always really sweet to watch the lead line class and see so many kids enthusiast about their four legged friends.

But how important is fashion for children? Is it difficult to make them happy when it is about show clothes? To find out more about it, I interviewed Brittanie Herrnstein of Brittz Glitz. Brittanie is specialized in creating clothes for the little ones and she explained me how it is to work with them. Do you want to find out more? Than go on reading 😉

 

What is appropriate to wear for a kid?

Brittanie: In my opinion ANYTHING with lots of sparkle and color. I’m a big fan of a ton of color on the kids clothing. I also love the classic black, but you have to add a big pop of color, kids are only little once so I believe we need to embrace the youthful look as long as we can!

Normally mums choose clothes for their kids. How much want kids to choose their own outfit?

Brittanie: I have been blessed with amazing clients, where mom and child work together. Moms usually pick the main color and we let the kids choose the fun parts of the designs. I had a little girl last year that was obsessed with unicorns, so I made sure that she had sparkly unicorns on her vest.

Kids change their minds quite fast, how do you manage to create an outfit that is always “super” for them?

Brittanie: I like to get the kids really excited about their outfit. I add a ton of texture to the majority of my outfits and it’s always fun to watch them find all of the new pieces that they hadn’t seen the first few times they wore their garment. It’s almost like an I spy book that they wear!

What are the main differences in creating outfits for children instead than for adults?

Brittanie: The main difference in creating kids clothing is that I’m able to have a little more fun with color, and to be honest it makes me feel younger. Kids are so creative and so much fun to work with. I like to include them as much as possible through the process of design.

Do you want to add something?

Brittanie: I would like to add that I’m beyond blessed with how far my business has come in such a short amount of time, I have the most amazing clients anyone could ask for. I want to thank my family for everything they do to help Brittz Glitz. I’m excited to see what the future holds!

 

Thanks Brittanie! It was such a pleasure to make this fun and interesting interview to you!

Color is the key word when we talk about kids clothes. Fashion is a fundamental part of showing horses, no matter the age. Little girls dream to look like princesses, and wearing show clothes can make this dream come true. Covered of stones and enlighten with fun colors, they can be stars at every horse show. Because, at the end, we all dream to be princesses 😉