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Our Blue Period

Although I tried to deny it for a while, I have come back to my love of blue.  All blues.  And all mixed together.  Bluegrey, weathered teal, angry ocean and perhaps my favorite: midnight blue can be sophisticated without being harsh, is never boring and feels natural.  In that it is [...]

2016-07-13T13:46:39-05:00July 9th, 2016|Behind the Brand, Farmhouse|

Daphne’s Interview with The Scout Guide Equestrian

My busy home life with two young children and a lot of administrative tasks for a growing business makes it hard to clear my head and get into 'creative mode'.  Nothing does that for me like a trip to Ocala.  At home, walking (sometimes running) can get me in the [...]

2016-07-13T13:47:18-05:00May 11th, 2016|Behind the Brand|

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 [...]

2015-11-18T16:33:46-05:00November 13th, 2015|Behind the Brand, Equestrian Style|

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 [...]

2015-11-18T16:33:46-05:00May 6th, 2015|Behind the Brand, Equestrian Chic, 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 [...]

2015-11-18T16:33:46-05:00March 25th, 2015|Behind the Brand, Farmhouse|

Country Chic January Essentials

The snow is falling outside and while, by day, we go a thousand sporty directions... hockey and basketball in the am, the barn for me mid-afternoon and the ski hill for everyone else, I really love reconvening in front of the fire at night.... Utanum is an Icelandic company producing [...]

2015-11-18T16:33:47-05:00January 24th, 2015|Behind the Brand, Equestrian Style|

Equestrian Gifts

Gifts for the equestrian are among the hardest.  Because it is always more than just a sport, indeed its an all-consuming passion, to those involved in it... equestrian gifts are the obvious choice... but often so confusing for those on the periphery like Moms and Dads, husbands or siblings.  Technical [...]

2015-11-18T16:33:47-05:00December 1st, 2014|Behind the Brand, Equestrian Chic|

Waxed Canvas Luggage

Our necessary luxury?  Waxed canvas luggage. Waxed canvas is the perfect material for bags and luggage: lightweight, water resistant, tremendously strong and tear-resistant and really good-looking.  The fact that is it breathable has saved me on numerous occasions coming back from beach destinations.  We love the patina it acquires, and the [...]

2015-11-18T16:33:47-05:00November 24th, 2014|Behind the Brand, Equestrian Style|

Horse Halter Hardware: Authentic and Tough

I love so much of what Steve Jobs had to say.  One of my favorite quotes of his: "Design is not just what it looks like, design is how it works".  He revolutionized the computer, phone and tablet markets with that principle.  I also loved his adherence to simplicity is beauty. [...]

2015-11-18T16:33:47-05:00November 21st, 2014|Behind the Brand|

An Ingrained Sense of Beautiful Horse Tack

Growing up on a farm, where we had Thoroughbred broodmares, it was often my job to keep the little bit of horse tack we had clean.  I took pride in getting their halters glistening clean.  I rode hunters as well and my trainer was a purist.  Horse tack should be [...]

2015-11-18T16:33:48-05:00November 6th, 2014|Behind the Brand|
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