Oughton Blog


Equestrian Quarterly Gold List Winner

We are so honored to announce Oughton is an Equestrian Quarterly Gold List Winner - voted by EQ readers as a favorite in the Leather Goods category... THANK YOU to all our Oughton supporters.  It means the world to us. Second only to Hermes - beating major brands such as Ralph Lauren and Coach - our commitment to customers [our policy is immediate and to-the-end customer service] and our commitment to the best quality goods we can make [often - no almost always at the expense of more profit] is being recognized.  Our goal is to be the best of small, artisanal batch production.  You can find your story here. This Christmas consider supporting the small businesses in your life.  Talk to your children about them, how they too can be an entrepreneur if they want.. and about the fact that where you spend your money and [...]

November 13th, 2015|Behind the Brand, Equestrian Style|

Men’s Totes and Luggage

Men's totes and luggage are an important part of our collection.  Oughton luggage is designed with the whole family in mind - a coordinated luggage set in waxed canvas to use as interchangeable pieces - depending on the destination.  The man of the house is no exception. An example of our men's luggage is our waxed canvas Packing Case , inspired by the classic elegance of a man traveling to Nantucket... in his perfectly faded jeans, italian loafers and linen shirt with a canvas and leather cross-body packing case, he stood in stark contrast to the other (somewhat frumpy) travelers....  Read more. The waxed canvas Barn Tote is the consummate guy's gear bag - and handsomely carried by my husband to our local shooting club where he receives compliments every outing.  An oversized open-top tote and lined with an impervious (poly-based) linen, his snake boots, tin-cloth jacket, shells and accessories all fit easily:  it's simply a great looking [...]

August 12th, 2015|Style Guide, Travel|

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

For Mother's Day Gifts I aim for something more meaningful than expensive, fun rather than serious... Our Course Collection - with its signature stripe - was inspired by the fillies race at Ascot.  In England, racehorses wear custom over-girths, in various signature stripes of their barn colors.  I was so inspired by the gorgeous fillies, ready for their race and prancing in hand around the paddock in their bright colors, race figures and shiny coats... it left an indelible impression on my mind.  It was a gorgeous, colorful promenade.  I was struck by the training and preparation that brought these horses, owners and trainers to this point, and by their excitement to step up to the line and give it a whirl.  I thought of one of my favorite quotes... "A flower does not think about competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms".  I love carrying the resulting Course [...]

May 6th, 2015|Behind the Brand, Equestrian Chic, Travel|

Luxe City Guides

Grant Thatcher launched his LUXE City Guides in 2001, and since then, he's expanded to 30 pocketbook-sized titles filled with "smart stuff for busy people." Thatcher's latest project, Little LUXE Guides - on how to "go glam with the fam" - is perfect for those modern families that can't imagine not bringing the littles along... Little LUXE Hong Kong, Bali and Singapore each contain hundreds of family-centered picks, such as Hong Kong Disneyland ("The house of mouse needs no intro"), Magic Mirror Kids' Hair ("Pop your little ray of sunshine on a giraffe… for the coolest haircuts in town") and The KIDchen by Kit Lin ("Mini chefs learn to cook their own dim sum"), plus babysitting recommendations and spa picks for parents in need of some R&R. Written by editors living in Hong Kong with their children, the guide is the next best thing to having a friend [...]

April 23rd, 2015|Travel|

Coordinated Luggage Set

A coordinated luggage set has been a tradition in my family for years.  Upon graduation from high school, one gets to put away the mishmash of nylon and vinyl duffles that had heretofore accompanied us and graduate to a set of T Anthony luggage.  It was always a bit of a skirmish to decide who got what color.  When we would travel together - grandparents, aunts and cousins we could have outfitted a full fledged T Anthony showroom upon arriving at our destination!  So, a long way to say, a coordinated set of luggage has always been an important travel accessory for me.  Like our logo, the Ringmaster, an icon of elite equestrian events, the right luggage announces your arrivals and departures in style.  I have a few style rules for travel: luggage that works well (rolls smoothly, carries comfortably, etc) and looks chic (but never [...]

April 22nd, 2015|Style Guide, Travel|

Modern FarmHouse Style

If I had to reduce my aesthetic to a title I think it would have to be Modern Farmhouse Style.  Or at least, that is what I want to build for my family.  And, I think, its quite reflective of the aesthetic that has evolved for Oughton.  So... here is a sneak peak at the ever-evolving inspiration board for our new house!  We are beginning construction in a few weeks so I am turning my sights from the (now hopefully pretty finished) architectural plans to exactly what it will look like inside.  I will share the evolution here on the blog as we go!!  Although I have renovated a few houses/apartments, I have not really built from he ground up.  The creative possibilities when starting with a blank slate has really exhausted me.  I am definitely a perfectionist.  So, I think the process has [...]

March 25th, 2015|Behind the Brand, Farmhouse|
Load More Posts