Our "Vaquero Shop" feature artists & artisans in the Vaquero tradition, and makers of period clothing or costume.
Nuestra "Tienda de Vaquero" destacará a artistas y artesanos en la tradición de Vaquero.
Right (click to enlarge): California Mission Saddle c1830. Note the large mochilla (skirt) and the front leg flaps (armas) designed to protect the rider's legs from cactus -- a design that preceded chaps (armitas) worn by the rider. A reproduction of this saddle is currently being made for the VHF by Salvador Gomez, custom saddle maker -- 626-337-5091
Horsefly (of Henrietta, Texas) used to specialize in custom-made authentic Old California & vaquero clothing. Since he retired, we don't know of anyone else who is filling the unique nitch he once filled. If anyone is interested in crafting old-style authentic Vaquero clothes, the Vaquero Heritage Foundation will help advertise and promote this endeavor.
What's the point of wearing historical costume if you're carrying a modern purse or bag around...? The Victorian Traveller makes carpet bags just like they used in the Old West. Click on the link or go to http://carpetbag.com/
More Shopping Ideas for Authentic Vaquero Clothing & Tack
End of Trail - Every April, the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) sponsors "End of Trail," a wild west extravaganza that includes a hundred or more vendors who specialize in authentic clothing and tack from the Old West and Old Spanish California.
The Vaquero Show - Every fall, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society sponsors a Vaquero Show whose vendors are even more specialized. So far as authentic Old California vaquero collectibles go, this show may be the best in the west.