Cowhide

Texas style has many elements. Though outsiders tend to see it as simplistic and clichéd, natives instinctively understand that it’s broad and diverse, running from rustic to refined, while always keeping an eye on our history. Take cowhide, this month’s theme and a plentiful by-product of our most iconic industry. The Texas designers featured below blend this natural material with a contemporary aesthetic to hit all the best notes of Lone Star style at once.
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Photograph by Adam Voorhes

1. Sisters Stacy and Laurie McFadin produce this fold-over clutch, a celebrity favorite, at their family’s fifth-generation cattle ranch in Sabinal. $180; McFadin.com

2. Stash Studios constructs this soft but sturdy messenger out of rare curly white cowhide, using vintage boot-making equipment in a century-old former mattress factory in Sealy. $429; stashstudios.com

3. Kyle Bunting’s pillows and unique upholstery are inspired by childhood memories of his father’s hide work, including a Texas-shaped scrap mosaic. Price upon request at kylebunting.com

4. Giddings-based Bar K Bar is named after the cattle brand that owner Kenneth Kay’s great-grandfather used at his ranch outside Alice. Kay’s simple rug warms urban 
lofts and rustic 
ranches alike. $325; 
 bar-k-bar.com

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