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by 1 October 11, 2010 73 Comments

Wanna score some free Double D?

. I'm currently designing the fall 2011 collection and want your imput.  Let me know about what pieces you would like to see included in Double D Ranch's collection and if we use it, we'll send you one for your closet in appreciation of your suggestion. That's it - easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
Ready when you are - I'm all ears!
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Brenda Schirmer
Brenda Schirmer

May 16, 2016

personally what i would like to see for a fall collection, would be..
scarfs, hats, gloves .. longer jackets but yet wearable and comfortable.. warmer long sleeve shirts .. things that can be layered and not be to over bulky but also warm and stylish as well.
t-shirt material is good but not to warm when out and about. maybe a longer warmer jacket with a zippered liner inside that can be added and removed as needed.
longer scarfs that are both stylish and yet serve a purpose. hats can be stylish and also again serve a purpose, same with gloves.

AnneMarie Lewis
AnneMarie Lewis

May 16, 2016

where do we go to make our choices? I LOVE Double D!

Ashley Stout
Ashley Stout

May 16, 2016

I love the paisley dresses….. I think if you had some fun colors for fall 2011 and not so much brown and blah….I think fall should be more bright colors. Maybe some fun jackets with lace and leather would be great together!!!!Make it fun and Gaudy!!

Being Gaudy and Glamourousss…..

Ashley Stout.

colleen bartlett
colleen bartlett

May 16, 2016

I’m always a fan of the Fall collection because I love the fabrics ( leather, suede) and am also a fan of the traditional DD that I bought back in the 90’s. Simple, classic ( and classy) lines. I always get complimented on my jackets, and can’t seem to collect enough. Maybe some new colors and interesting studs. I know I’ll love whatever you do!

Susan Burke
Susan Burke

May 16, 2016

I love your Combat Rock Field Jacket!!

For your Fall 2011 Collection, how about a Jackson Hole, WY/Grand Teton/Yellowstone vibe?

Buffalo, Elk, Deer, Beer could be worked into embroidered Jackets, Shirts, and Skirts.

Roam America, Freely!!

Susan B.

cassie (ethan and lillys closet)
cassie (ethan and lillys closet)

May 16, 2016

for yor fall collection you should hav like brown shirts with a western theme on them and leaves for fall, like oranges and greens and maybe sequines on them.

Pat Fowler
Pat Fowler

May 16, 2016

And MOCCASINS! I know that the slouchy old moc with a tie is old news but squaw boots (Hopi? Navajo?) are amazing. Ankle high (or knee high!) with silver concha details in soft suede?

Pat Fowler
Pat Fowler

May 16, 2016

Hey! I am always up for free Double D! I absolutely LOVE all of your stuff and yet (:( ) can’t afford much with son in college! But I have lots of ideas! I love the mirrored Marrakesh pieces! Could you do some funky sashes with mirrored designs that could dress up the “little black dress” or make jeans look even greater? Also , we used to embroider our own jeans in the 70’s….some mirrors and embroidery down the side leg or around the cuff? Speaking of cuffs, I have a very funky and creative artist friend who has designed the most amazing leather cuff bracelets, All hand sewn and dyed and adorned with antique buttons. I suggested she do a Breast Cancer Cuff that is pink with white sewing detail and antique mother of pearl buttons! A Warrior Cuff! She doesn’t have the where with all to mass produce, but I could ask her for permission to send you pics.Whenever I wear mine, I get rave reviews!

TaraTrask
TaraTrask

May 16, 2016

I had a great idea the other day…I am in LOVE with peacock feathers and pheasant feathers. I think it would awesome if you gals could do a t-shirt (maybe like the Michelle’s Necklace or the Jewels of the Romanovs shirts), but use feathers! You could also utilize Native American beadwork too.

Another idea I would LOVE to see a short lambskin leather skirt with fringe (or feathers!) on the bottom and Native American beadwork on that too.

I have always been in love with your chunky beadwork belts that you once had (I still need to get me one! You wouldn’’t by chance have one laying around???)

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

you can leave your suggestions here – thanks Anne

Melissa Gill
Melissa Gill

May 16, 2016

http://www.creations-online.com/pattkits/qpatterns.htm
I googled most popular quilt patterns in Texas, can be used on shirts, jackets, skirts, dresses. I love this very basic domestic craft, add some crochet, leather, boucle, silk, satin, and burlap. With what I saw on this particular page (and there is much more to be looked at) I can see a collection coming together nicely……

Kim Baack
Kim Baack

May 16, 2016

I would love to see you do a short, short leather jacket for fall. Maybe light turquoise colored with buckles or a thin/short brown faux fur trimming. It would be so cute with a brown turtle-neck shirt that would show and the waist and sleeves. Good for warmth and fashion for fall.

Pat Fowler
Pat Fowler

May 16, 2016

Sorry…my head is spinning! A Google to fall trends says lush fabrics….velvets. And bold prints. Well….the women of the 40’s (my Mom!) wore halter style Hawaiian prints in those post WW2 days. The Hawaiians are not only noted for the garish (?) banana leaves and hula girls (not that I don’t love the Hawaiian shirt!) but also for the gorgeously understated Hawaiian quilts. How about a velvet dress/jacket with a Hawaiian quilt inspired back or sash?

Helen Wilson McCarty
Helen Wilson McCarty

May 16, 2016

My mind is going wild as well like Pat Fowler…first the moccassins , high shaft, to the knee with a small heel, so as not to destroy the true look of a moccassin would be Fab.
My idea of many would be Vests. they are one of the hottest tickets in fashion now and EVERYONE can wear a vest for style and warmth. Would love to see a jean vest where it would be encrusted on the front bodice only with studs,not shiny, beading of Turquoise, Tigers eye, malachite, spiny oyster shells.. These colors would give the Western feeling, the studs a Sassy feeling, tigers eye and malachite an earthy feeling and spiny oyster a pop of color for all to enjoy. A light zip out liner for warmth would be good, then you would not have to use a heavy denim and a fingertip length would be great. Princess seams to give the allusion that we all look slim and trim, not boxy cut, and zipper closure so as not to distract the eye from the beadwork on the front. Now that’s my idea, I absolutely adore your clothes and accessories and again I am a walking advertisement when I wear items I love. I live in NJ which is real close to NYC so designers would be grabbing me for the clothing of yours I had adorned myself with and then I would tell them DoubleDRanchwear Baby, Don’t cha just love it, YAY YAY YIPPEE KI EH…. Thank you for asking our thoughts and ideas…

Tiffany Mikkelson
Tiffany Mikkelson

May 16, 2016

Military jackets and biker leather jackets!!!!!!! Leggings with cute details on them (embordery, sequins, beading ect.). Wool or thermal long sleeve shirts with details.

Fall Retro cowgirl theme!!!!!

F webb
F webb

May 16, 2016

Would love double d to add a leather corset/ zippered back and a cool little leather bolero /jacket set, some jogger sets and some wide neck tunic tops, they kinda hang off one sholder.

marlis
marlis

May 16, 2016

Oh wow, this is hard. I love DD. I’d like to see a bit of Santa Fe in the collection. Something not quite as tight fitting for the older crowd, long shirt a la DD and a wonderful must have longer sweater. Maybe a flowing easy wear dress in a knit that is not too thin so as to hide those older lady issues. I’d love to see a great jean to go under the long shirt.. And a terrific shawl. Omg, like a piano shawl, long fringes, beautiful embroidery a bit of glitz and then a great accessory with which to pin it closed on the front! yep that would be my favorite “reach for” piece!!

Farmer'sTrophyWife
Farmer'sTrophyWife

May 16, 2016

Loving this idea…never know where inspiration will come from! AND I love free Double D stuf…never going to turn that down! ;) I’ve already suggested my wool pea coat idea. I think that Pearl Harbour era clothing will be big soon, following the trends that are in love with Mad Men. Blouses and pencil skirts in this theme with that fabulous Double D influence would be gorgeous! And accessories….oooohhh. Do lots of those. Anything would be great! Have fun!!

Vicki McNew
Vicki McNew

May 16, 2016

I love the leather jackets, but I hesitate to buy the suede because it’s hard to keep clean and sometimes doesn’t retain its color when cleaned. Smooth leather is my favorite. I’m loving the jackets which are lighter weight because, in east Texas, it’s seldom cold enough to wear the heavier ones.

I have some beautiful lilac ostrich boots which look great with turquoise. Every year I look for something DD to wear with them but haven’t found anything yet. Lilac, please?

I’d also like to see more of the retro western yokes incorporated into some of the designs, the really elaborate ones. I still have two Maude McMorries outfits from the 60’s with gorgeous yokes. The lame’ (yes, lame’!) pants have yokes down the sides from the hips to the bell bottoms.

DD clothing speaks to my soul, and it’s my favorite to wear. Your styles make me feel like a million bucks!

Suzie Salmon
Suzie Salmon

May 16, 2016

I love this year’s Burberry black leather and shearling biker jacket but hesitate at buying yet another short coat that I cannot wear past Oct. I would love to see it developed into a wrapped and tie-belted version that you could layer and wear later in the season; yet, with lighter, t-weight tops it could be a cool long-sleeve, vest-like piece in the spring. And if you could purchse it in colors in addition to black (like rich caramel or rust) that could probably entice me to buy two!

Stacy Wells
Stacy Wells

May 16, 2016

I love warm tones in the fall, paisley fabrics, jewel tones. I love the shirts and jackets with a peplum bottom. Since October is always breast cancer awareness month how about a great Double D t-shirt!!! Cowgirls care too!!! I know lots of girls that would wear that.

Anne Parker
Anne Parker

May 16, 2016

I’ve been searching (and not finding) an A-line trench – heavy enough for late fall. I think a simple design made from suede or a cotton/wool mix, doubled flair just on the collar and belt would be perfect. I’m thinking turquoise and silver accents. Simple, yes!

Ann Debes Watkins
Ann Debes Watkins

May 16, 2016

Cheryl-I have the coolest wall hanging from our travels to the island of Patmos, Greece this summer. VERY DDR. If you come next week, you will get to see it! (Otherwise I will take a photo and email it to you.)I think it is full of inspiration for embroidery on a jacket or crisp shirt. It features a cross, eagles and evil eyes throughout. VERY COOL. Also, I must second the request for larger sizes. I ain’t the gal that I used to be in college! I think that you would serve a huge audience if you broadened the sizing….Ann

Jamie Parrott
Jamie Parrott

May 16, 2016

One of the things I love about DD Fall 2010 is the knit items. The jackets and wraps are wonderful. I purchased the Shanghi shawl in Black..loved it so much, I purchased three more shawls and the honor guard jacket. I’m a mom to two young children and I work full time..purchasing the knit items have made my wardrobe so easy to wear and still look good! :) I would love to see more wraps, ponchos, or shawls incorporated into your next line. Living in Texas makes wearing these fun and a must..since we have warmer weather here. Always love your fall colors and fabrics!!
What ever you do do, I know it will be fab!! I have been a fan since 1993!! Good Luck!!

Shawn Green
Shawn Green

May 16, 2016

2011 will be the major motion picture release of the small screen version of THE BIG VALLEY.  Jessica Lange takes on the role of Matriarch, Victoria Barkley.
 
Watching old episodes from the original production, you see the use of vibrant colors, textured fabrics, embroideries and attention to detail.  Even though this classic TV saga took place in the late 1800’s you can see the 1960’s influences in the designs and details.
 
The characters of Victoria and Audra Barkley were strong women, and what they wore proved it.  By day, you would see them horseback in leather, wovens, and twills.  They were not afraid to lend a hand on the ranch.  By night they displayed a very feminine side in silks, velvets, satins, and lace.   Back then drinks and dinner were an event.  Anything these women wore looked classy.  From pants to dresses, they wore it well.
 
The influence of the southwest and especially the California area were major influences of the designers of Barbara Stanwyck and Linda Evans.  From ponchos to bolero jackets.  Split skirts to riding pants.  Cowboy to Couture could describe the powerful women on the Barkley Ranch.
 
It would be great to see these classic pieces come to life with a modern day feel in the new 2011 Double D collection.   It would be a great tie-in to what I hope will be a blockbuster on the silver screen.

Janet Blaschke
Janet Blaschke

May 16, 2016

I Love Love Love DD! I love the military and biker style jackets. Would love to see a denim jacket with embroidery and patches either with a biker or old military feel. The denim jacket could be worn over your cute embroidered dress, with a skirt or just a pair of slacks. You could also do a biker style denim/old jean look vest called a cut… make it look like the sleeves were cut off….with biker patches…that would rock. Throw a little leather on the collar embroider or have a large patch on the back… I know you girls would know how to make this look fabulous!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Janet, I actually have a patched up denim biker in the spring/summer collection for 2011. You haven’t seen it yet because it just went to market and is in production. Look for it in early spring…if you like it, I will send you one!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Oooh – can’t wait to see that. Actually that will work perfectly with what I am creating for fall – I’m doing more traditional western with a romantic Victorian twist. Now I’m going to go back and watch some old Big Valley clips – thank you for the inspiration and heads up on the movie.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Jamie – good to know and thanks for reminding me!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Marlis – you will see a return to the Santa Fe look for fall but with a fresh twist. Now let me work on the shawl…

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

got it.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

You know – we should have a breast cancer awareness tee. I think we should have a tee design contest – thanks for the inspiration and if we do it, I’ll send you a tee!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

OK Susie – let me take a peek at Burberry or better yet, if you have pics send them my way. I’ll let you know what develops.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Tiffany – definitely you will see more military and biker influence and you are right on with your thermals – the fashion term for them this season is “tenderwear” – don’cha love it!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

agree with the vests – for sure. Thanks for loving DDR!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Vicki – working on the elaborate yokes and I have a new western pocket that is AMAZING!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

love the peacoat idea

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

yes, Ashley, I think we can do gaudy and glamorous :D

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

great idea – feather necklace tee – I can see it!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

There is some fun stuff going on out there with funky moccasins and boots – I wish we had a license with a footwear company – I would love to try my hand at it —-an we desperately need them for the collection and our closets!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

working on it – thanks Kim

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

definitely will do some corsets – watch for them

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

oooh – great idea!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Colleen, definitely look for a trend of going back to the traditional western inspired roots. I am working on fall now and I think you will be pleased.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Brenda, I would love to do more accessories – I need to hook up with someone who specializes in that category.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

cool!

Janet Blaschke
Janet Blaschke

May 16, 2016

Cheryl – I am sure I will love it. My husband and I have a 1957 completely restored Harley Davidson Panhead with a sidecar. I would love the biker denim jacket when it is ready to go. I will even take a picture on the bike with the jacket on and send it to you. You should also think about having on the website a not so famous fan page and have DD fans send you a picture of themselves wearing DD. It is also fun to see how others sport your clothes…great inspiration. I also have a suggestion if anyone is having troubles with their pins coming off of any of the leather jackets. You can purchase from your local Harley store backs that are metal you slip them on the back of jacket pins and use the small alan screwdriver they give you and tighten them down. I had two of my pins come off my Land of the Free Biker Jacket…lucky for me they were in the car. My husband told me about the pin backs and that solved the problem…no more pins coming off. Love you guys!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Like the Cavalry twill from 3 fall collections back?

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Amy I’ve got to go rent Flaming Star – I haven’t seen that one…and what a great name for a jacket – “flaming star”! Yes, I am definitely doing some brushed plaids but with a bit of a twist. Watch for them!

Ryan Sankey
Ryan Sankey

May 16, 2016

I would love to see Double D do a really nice twill patterned wool, blazer style, vest with a tie belt. Something really timeless. The fabric you used for the duster type coat a couple seasons ago would be fabulous!

Amy
Amy

May 16, 2016

I like the post about Big Valley, my thoughts has actually run towards a line based on classic western movies. I was thinking a flannel shirt dress with a leather vest and scarf, deffinatly a John Wayne kinda vibe. Even Elivis did a few western movies. There are some great clothes in Flaming Star.

Trina
Trina

May 16, 2016

I would love to see a handbag/purse of some sort with each collection. I absolutely adore my anniversary bag (and so does everyone else). No clue what colors are expected to be hot next Fall but I’d love to see some burnt (UT) orange along with HB maroon in the collection. Whatever you come up with will be inspirational. You’re an amazing designer.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Janet, I have been collecting images of WWII bomber jackets for some time. I love the idea and know that eventually I will put one in the line….just waiting for the perfect timing. I appreciate the link (great) and appreciate all of your comments here on Double Talk. Thanks for being a true DDR gal! xoxo

Janet Blaschke
Janet Blaschke

May 16, 2016

Hi Cheryl,
I was just thinking about another great idea besides the denim jacket for fall 2011…what do you think about a WW!! leather bomber/flight jacket. I was just looking at my father inlaws. He was a WWII bombardier and has his jacket. It has the name of the plane pained on the back. They either had leather collars or some had shearling. You could stitch or paint an American flag on the upper left breast. Put some great WWII pinup flash on the sleeves etc. It would be very cool. I was thinking about this because I actually bought a bombardier jacket and was going to try and create my own but you would really know who to do it right. You could also add an Army Air Force patch on the sleeve etc. I know of a great sight to see all the patches etc. it is www.medalsofamerica.com. Please design and make this coat…then I don’t have to create one for myself. Make it look old that would really rock.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Vicki – we are getting ready to shoot the spring collection and as I was going through it I thought of you. I do have some lilac (or a slight version of) in the spring summer collection. Might just work with those boots of yours!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Great idea. Maybe we should do a post and share this info with other gals who might be having the same problem. Thanks for the tip! On the email you sent…I’ll send you one back.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

yes, it is crazy…just yesterday I was at the beach shooting the spring/summer collection and today I’m back in front of my computer designing fall! I’m always upside down and I NEVER know what year it is.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Ryan, yes, it was from our “Return to Taos” Collection and it did have a cute little vest as part of the group as well as a western trouser.

Ryan Sankey
Ryan Sankey

May 16, 2016

Cheryl- I think that is the coat. It had a fabulous pattern on the back out of cording. And about a hundred buttons down the front. You offered it in a brownish hue and then followed it with a grey version later. A vest would be divine!

Robyn Beazley
Robyn Beazley

May 16, 2016

I LOVE color for fall – oranges, reds, yellows. As a cattle diva – it would be fun to incorporate a show animal in the background of something!? I know that Spring is past – but for the “future” – something with bluebonnets would be AMAZING! Have a blast creating the Fall 2011 collection – it blows me away how far in advance you have to plan in your industry.

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

C- just email me your copy and what ever images you want to use and then we will upload it to the blog. Easy Peasy and look forward to seeing you in November!

Cameron Baldus
Cameron Baldus

May 16, 2016

I would love to share some of the things I’m up to! I will see what I can put together… let me know how you’d like for me to do it! I’m looking forward to making a trip to Yoakum in November. Can’t wait to get my annual DD fix :)

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Cameron, Thank you and congratulations on your wedding. It has been fun for us to watch you, your sister and your mom bless us by wearing Double D Ranch. You gals make us look good! I would love for you to consider doing a guest post here on our blog and feature some of your new stuff. I think it would be fun for readers to see what you have going on and the creativity behind it.
As far as DDR wedding-wear, I don’t know if I can manage that one myself, however I might have to do a little something…a little bird told me there may be a wedding in the family’s future!
Thanks for commenting and sharing your ideas~
Love & Blessings, C

Cameron Baldus
Cameron Baldus

May 16, 2016

My Mom,sister and I have all loved your line for many years! It is timeless and appropriate for both our generations!
You all have been an inspiration to me in developing my own creative fashion flair. This last year I’ve been collecting vintage tooled leather purses,also a tooled suitcase, tooled slip on cowboy boot mules and tooled belts-made into braclets( sold one off my wrist to one of your FB friends at Project Cowboy!). I hand paint each piece in varied colors, washed with a metallic glaze and embellish with tons of AB Swarofski crystals! The finished pieces are unique and eye catching! ( see some @ leterbling.com).
What about pulling in some of that vintage tooled & embelished look(big cuffs,collar)- with velvets,crystals and big colored
gems?…also,after getting married this year I would love to see a line of DD Wedding Wear! (I have some fun ideas!)
I’m looking forward to what you come up with and hope to get down to see you this fall! Thanks! Cameron

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Trina, I am working a new little bag for fall – we got so many wonderful comments on the anniversary bag, I really need to follow up.

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Feature: Badlands Peacoat

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Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

That is the “Charmed, I’m Sure” Jacket and it is from our Fall 2010 collection. I will have Susie in customer service see if she can locate one. What size do you need?

minx
minx

May 16, 2016

Please tell me where I can find the first jacket that comes up in this video. Looks like black suede with turquoise trim?

http://www.cowboysindians.com/western/fashion/clothing/2010-12/double-d-ranch-20th-anniversary.jsp

Pam Baranyai
Pam Baranyai

May 16, 2016

I would love to see some Egyptian designs, a sentry guarding the great pyramid on a camel. The embroidery and beading would be wonderful!

Another idea would be a female barrel racer or Annie Oakley type, would be fun or a Daniel Boone type.

I have 6 of the tees and am waiting delivery on my next one. I used to hand paint shirts and do embroidery and appreciate the designing and workmanship.

Pam

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Thank you Kimberlee, and thanks for being a HUGE fan over the years. What I will do is have our customer service girl, Suzie, contact stores for you and locate a Land of the Free Biker in size large. If you would kindly call her at 1800-899-3379.

Kimberlee
Kimberlee

May 16, 2016

Hi, I’m hoping the Chat is still active. I am and have been a HUGE fan of DD for years. I missed out on buying a jacket from the Fall 2010 collection. DOUBLE D RANCH LAND OF THE FREE BIKER JACKET. I’ve seen in it black, have searched the web and can’t come up with one. Size L, or I could do M since the DD’s usually run larger. Do you have a locator service?
Thanks in advance.
Kimberlee

Moe
Moe

May 16, 2016

I have been kicking around a few ideas that I need to send in. One of the ideas that I have is a sort of military ribbon piece that can go around a neck or on a jacket. I will have to send it to you once I have finished it.

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