Lotus Romeo is an equestrian apparel company based out of Budapest, Hungary owned and designed by Éva Torma-Székely. From a young age, Éva followed the fashion industry combined with a passion for horses. While riding, Eva envisioned creating an elegant, functional equestrian apparel bringing her two loves together, and with this vision she started “Lotus Romeo”. Lotus Romeo is one of the highest quality equestrian apparels on the market. From a casual shirt to a tailcoat, the clothing provides to the rider high end fabrics, with affordable pricing.
No. 1 Technical Composition
Lotus Romeo jackets contain 88% Polyamide and 12% elastan and feature a mesh on the inside back. This allows the coat to be both elastic and breathable during the summer heat. Their jackets are also very light weight. The LR shadbelly weighs under 1 pound compared to other leading brands which weigh from 2 to 4 pounds. The elastan allows the coat to stretch which gives the rider more mobility in the saddle. Also a huge plus …. Lotus Romeo coats are machine washable, no more dry cleaners! The shirts are similar too. They are lightweight, allow free comfortable movement while offering a stylish look for a casual hack or a show. They come in a multitude of colors and designs, including options for Swarovski Crystal buttons. Moving us onto the versatility of Lotus Romeo items.
No. 2 Individuality
Lotus Romeo jackets create a unique look for each rider giving you that show ring confidence that you are at the top of your game. The options are endless, from a sleek black for the hunter ring to something personalized top to bottom. They offer twelve different coat colors from your classics to modern trends. You get to choose your collar from thirty-three different options in different materials from the same as the jacket, suede, velvet, leather, denim and lace. And it doesn’t stop there! Plus pick your trim, piping, buttons, and cuffs with the option to add Swarovski Crystals. This option gives the ultimate personalized design, compared to other brands who only give you limited options to use for customization. Not to mention the price of a Lotus Romeo customized jacket is one of the most affordable on the market bringing us forward.
No. 3 Modesty on the Market
Lotus Romeo brings affordability to style and quality. The LR jackets run at $695 for short coats and $895 for tailcoats completely customized by you. Compared to other brands who charge from $1,300 to $1,500 for a custom shadbelly and $800 – $1,500 for a custom short coat. Lotus Romeo shirts are also versatile and affordable. Womens shirts come in multiple styles including show and casual. With endless color options along with options for dual color casual shirts and option for crystal buttons. Shirts go from $149 to $160 where other brands can reach to $250. Overall, Lotus Romeo gives you the high demand European look without stripping your wallet dry.
Overall, Lotus Romeo continues to outdo the competition. Between the high tech, lightweight fabrics, versability and price, Lotus Romeo is on the top of the market.
YAY!! It is that time of the year again. The holidays are upon us. We know you might be stressed about what to get as gifts for your equestrian friends and family. Worry not, we have a helpful guide that will calm your nerves and bring smiles to your friends/family.
Without further ado, we hereby present to you the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Equestrians. For this year, we have categorized the list by gender. First up is the gift guide for your female friends.
[FOR HER]Lotus Romeo Long Sleeves Technical Show Shirt For those in your friends/family that prefer long sleeve shirts with UV protection, this one is a clear winner. New for 2018, this shirt is a back-to-the-basics design. It is available in 4 colors: White, Navy, Green Mint and Grey
[FOR HER]Eric Javits Large Brim UV Protected Visor “Champ II” – This new visor is an improvement over the most popular horse-show visor ever. This one sports a 4.5″ brim (compared to the 3.25″ for the Champ) for even more sun protection. This one makes a super thoughtful gift for your mom or trainer that is at the horse show all day, rooting for you from the sidelines.
[FOR THE TRAINER]No Shout Trainer Communication System “Rapide”. Are you tired of hearing the trainer yell at the top of his/her voice? Do you wish for a more quieter form of training? Look no further than this new wireless communication system. With this system, the trainer speaks into the microphone. The student can listen in privately the instructions and focus on implementing the coach’s advice.
[FOR HER]Ready To Wear Dressage Tall Boots “Roma” – New for the 2018-19 season, we are presenting this luxurious dressage ready-to-wear boots made in Italy by Secchiari. Secchiari is a famous name in bootmaking.
[UNISEX] Shock Absorbing Hunter Stirrups by Flex On – After the immense success of the Flex On Shock Absorbing Stirrups, the company has introduced a stirrup designed exclusively for the hunter ring. These stirrups solve your back, knee and ankle pain problems. The special built-in elastomer material provides shock absorbing ability.
[FOR GIRLS]Girls Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches “Elsa” – For 2019, we are proud to announce the arrival of lightweight show jumping breeches for girls ages 6 through 15. These breeches are made from lightweight stretchy fabric, making them ideal for warmer weather. The breeches come with silicone printed grip on the knee patch.
[UNISEX] Freejump Liberty Boots and Mini Chaps Combo – One of the most popular boot-chaps combination on the market. For good reason too. The Freejump boots are like tennis sneakers when it comes to comfort. With ankle protection jockstrapping systems, these boots combine the best in sports technology with equestrian flair.
What do you think of this list? Do you own any of these items? Are you thinking about buying them? Let us know with your comments below! We would love to hear your feedback.
The biggest event in Equestrian Sports is around the corner. Yes, we are talking about the World Equestrian Games aptly hashtagged as #tryon2018! While we normally do not attend many shows out of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, this is one event we are planning to attend. The dates are Sep 10th through Sep 23rd.
Given that this event occurs once every 4 years, it is kind of a big deal. The best of equestrian sports is displayed at the biggest stage. It almost seems like WEF 2018 was finished just yesterday. The summer has flown by. That is partly because we have been busy preparing for #tryon2018.
We are pleased to announce that we will be a proud vendor at the #tryon2018 games. Our signature state-of-the-art trailer (with new signage and improvements) will be stationed for the entire 2 weeks nearby the Food Court area.
That said, we would like to give you a sneak peak into what we are offering during the #tryon2018 WEG event.
Custom Show Jackets (Short Coats and Long Tailcoats) by Lotus Romeo
Since late 2016, a brand called Lotus Romeo has been a rising star in the custom show jackets space. It has been a real pleasure to promote Eva Szekely’s brand here in the USA. That is because Eva believes in making no compromises and works on one coat at a time. Each jacket is a labor of love. We are aligned completely with Eva’s philosophy so it is a win-win situation. We believe you should have unlimited options to freely design your show coat.
Meet the Owner and Creative Director of Lotus Romeo at WEG
Yes, you can meet Eva in person at WEG. Just stop by our trailer at WEG anytime to say hello.
Some of the better known brands do not want to offer you more than 3 design options, because they are based on a mass-manufacturing model. That model is in direct contradiction to the customer’s needs. At Lotus Romeo, every jacket is made individually with the same attention to detail and worksmanship. What is more is that the jackets can be tailored to fit you perfectly. You do not have to be an exact size 34, 36, 38, 40 etc to get a perfect fit.
All in all, we have been very pleased with the quality of the Lotus Romeo jackets. Our customers are the best testimonials. They have become Lotus Romeo fans for life.
Whether you want a dressage tailcoat/shadbelly or a short jacket, we have a unique jacket for you. The shortcoats from Lotus Romeo are designed to be head-turners. Elegance underlines the basic design philosophy “the art of unforgettable style”.
Custom Dressage and Show Jumping Boots by Secchiari
Secchiari Italy is a bootmaker with passion. Each boot is handmade in Italy. Their approach to bootmaking is to make boots that strike the perfect balance of comfort, style and quality. The top selling boot from Secchiari is the Athena model. This has consistently been a crown favorite.
More recently, we have started doing fully custom boots with Secchiari as well. The advantages of these custom boots are many, chief among them:
Faster Delivery Times (4 to 6 weeks)
Boots that fit right the first time, eliminating the need for refitting and additional delays
Softer Leather to allow for easy break-in
Come see us at WEG to check out all the beautiful designs of boots! Whether it be dressage, show jumping, hunter or equitation, we have a tall boot for you.
Mix And Match Show Jumping (and Hunter) Anatomic Bridles by Schockemoehle Sports
New for the upcoming season is the Mix And Match concept by Schockemoehle Sports. Not only do you get an anatomically designed bridle that is perfect for the show ring, now you get to build-it piece by piece.
What does that mean, you ask? You can pick different sizes for each of the elements of the bridle: Browband, Headpiece, Noseband etc. So if your horse does not fit into a standard Full Size bridle, you can custom configure the pieces to provide a perfect fit.
The top selling bridle for the hunter ring has been the Montreal Select. It is available in Espresso as well as Royal Oak. With just the right amount of padding, this anatomic bridle scores big wins in both the show jumping and hunter rings.
There is also the new Bridle by Schockemoehle Sports, titled Tokyo Select, which features a fully removable flash attachment. You can use the bridle with or without the Flash Attachment. No more hanging loops of leather.
The top selling reins for show jumping and dressage “Dura Soft” continue to shine this season as well. These reins are made from Soft Leather, with embedded hand stopps. They feature a rubberized grip on the one side and leather on the other.
We are planning to bring the entire range of Samshield Helmets to WEG. Some of the newer helmets come with the Rose Gold Trim. Please note that quite a few of these helmets are custom. Normally, it would take 6 to 8 weeks to procure these helmets.
However, in preparation for WEG, we are bringing you these helmets immediately without any wait. You can buy the helmets at WEG and use them right away!
Just like previous years, For Horses keeps it simple and exciting at the same time. They have introduced 2 new breeches and 2 new colors across all their riding pants. The new colors are : Bordeaux and Green!
After the huge success of the original Push Up Show Jumping Breeches “Pat”, FH has created yet another Push Up variant, this time with tights. So you are getting 2 pants in one: tights as well as push up pants. The styling is the same as the original Push Up Show Jumping Breeches “Pat”, but just pull up design like the tights.
Another new model for this year is called the Emma. With a modern take on back pockets and double seams along the sides for extra freedom, the Emma combines style elements from both the Minnie and Remie. Please do keep in mind that the Emma runs slightly bigger than the Minnie and Remie breeches.
So there you have it! We are ready for WEG at #tryon2018. If you can not wait until then, go ahead and purchase your favorites before we sell out! We know WEG will be a very busy affair, so be warned that these items will be sold out following the event.
Custom Show Coats (Fully Personalized and Tailored) by Lotus Romeo
The term “custom show coats” gets thrown around quite loosely. Often times, it means you get a handful of choices for changing the color of the jacket, the collar and buttons etc. While many other brands will offer a “Customization” option, it is usually limited to just a handful of choices that do not affect the styling of the jacket as much as the colors.
A few years ago, we noticed that our customers demanded more flexibility for design options. They did not want to be limited to just 2 styles and 5 colors. They want to mix and match style elements along with different options for buttons, trims, collars and lapels. In other words, customers are increasingly looking to personalize their look. What good is a “custom” jacket if every other rider has the same jacket?
We are thankful to our customers for guiding us in introducing a beautiful line of fully personalized show jackets: Lotus Romeo. This is a brand whose owner’s artistic forte guides her philosophy for the brand “The Art of Unforgettable Style“. Eva Szekely, the owner of Lotus Romeo truly believes in this mantra. The idea is to create a unique jacket for everyone. Personalized Show Clothing should not be un-affordable either.
In late 2016, we introduced Lotus Romeo in a limited launch at the store location. What started as a small bespoke line of show jackets, has now blossomed into a very expansive line of short jackets, hunter shad tailcoat, dressage shads and show shirts.
During the 2 weeks at WEG in #tryon2018, you will have the opportunity to see these jackets up close. You can try them to get a general sense of the overall fit and quality. From all the feedback we have been gathering, Lotus Romeo jackets are being very favorably in terms of styling, quality and comfort compared to offerings from the other bigger brands. In fact, the ironic part is that these “bigger” brands have now started copying the Lotus Romeo model in a desperate effort to catch up.
Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly “Natasha” from Lotus Romeo (fully configurable and custom)
Natasha – This is the original dressage shadbelly from Lotus Romeo. It remains one of the most popular options to date. With a look that combines the classic with modern, this shadbelly can be configured in a variety of ways.
Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly “Elegant” by Lotus Romeo (fully customizable and tailored)
Yet another beautiful shad that lives up to its aptly titled model name “Elegant”. With this shad, you can optionally design a bow at the back. The Burgundy color shown below is a new limited edition color.
What Is Included
This is what you get in the Fully Customized Dressage Shadbelly by Lotus Romeo
Base Colors: Black, Navy, Burgundy, Grey and Brown
Collar Color: 30+ Colors (including Satin and Leather)
Collar Piping: 30+ Colors
Cuff Color: 30+ Colors
Waist Piping: 30+ Colors
Buttons: 6 Styles
Mix And Match Styles
Say you like the style of the Natasha but want to add elements from the Elegant model? With the new Deluxe Mix and Match service, you can do that too! Nothing is out of reach anymore. Unlike the other brands, you are not boxed in to just 4 options.
Optionally, a 4 point tailoring adjustment is included as well. This covers:
Sleeve Length Adjustment
Are you ready to design your own dream shadbelly? Wait no more. Click on the button below to get started.
The For Horses brand was little know about 5 years ago. When we introduced this smaller name during WEF 2013-14, it was received well. It was a small collection of just 1 model of womens’ breeches, 1 model of mens’ breeches, 2 show shirts and 2 show jackets (1 each for men and women). That was it! That was the entire FH collection.
Fast forward to 2018, FH has achieved unprecedented growth. Riders have embraced this brand with affection. Today, the FH brand spans a full collection of riding apparel for men, women and juniors/children. While the collection has expanded, the focus on high-performance fabrics combined with exceptional styling that does not look stale. There is no dearth of clothing brands that all seem to look identical. From the design patterns to fabrics, it is hard to tell which brand is original and which ones are just imitations. This is exactly where FH distinguishes itself. A small, but nimble brand that continues to listen to what riders care about.
For the past few years, we have been working on collaboration with For Horses by giving them ideas on product design and fabrics. We have made it a habit to constantly incorporate our customers (riders) feedback. The end result has been an exciting collection of riding clothing that has something for everyone.
As an example, consider this simple fact: European breeches are meant for riding in cold weather. But how about the warm tropical climate of Florida? Those same fabrics would not be suitable, since you would experience heavy perspiration and hence, discomfort.
NEW for 2018
While sticking to its focus on elegance and functional fabrics, For Horses has introduced just a few pieces for the 2018 collection. They are listed below:
Ladies Lightweight “Push Up” Show Jumping Leggings/Breeches – Adelia
The Adelia is new addition to the already prolific selection of breeches by For Horses. It combines the best features of two of its existing breeches. It combines from “Push Up” feature from the ever popular Ladies Push Up Show Jumping Breeches “Pat” by For Horses. These make an excellent choice for show pants. They are simple enough for use in the show jumping or equitation or hunter ring.
Ladies Full Length Buttoned Short Sleeve Show Shirt – “Alzira”
The “Alzira” is a slightly non-traditional take on show shirts. The shirt has buttons for the entire length of the shirt. The white buttons contrast attractively on the solid shirt. The shirt has short sleeves, so overall it sports a casual enough look for use while schooling or in the competition ring.
Men’s Full Length Buttoned Long Sleeves Show Shirt “Adriano”
This is a new shirt for the guys that want a formal look along with long sleeves.
Show Jacket “Christina” in 2 shades of Grey
This has been a hugely successsfull jacket in Wellington! If you are looking for a Grey colored jacket, look no further. Between the 2 shades of grey (dark grey and dove grey), this jacket is perfect for the show ring. It is identical in sizing and fit to the last season lightweight show jacket “Yakie”.
Lightweight Mesh Show Shirt “Beatrice”
Another new product for 2018 that is a hit. There is no other show shirt on the market quite like this. Mesh panels run down from the shoulders through the arms and the sides of the shirt.
Ladies Lightweight Dressage Full Seat High Waisted Breeches “Remie FS”
Ultra Light Knee Patch Show Jumping Breeches “Emma”
A slight re-design on the very popular Minnie Breeches, the Emma is the must-have show breeches for 2018! Stylish curved back pockets make a statement.
Changes to Existing Products
For Horses “Minnie” Breeches
These popular show jumping breeches underwent a few improvements. The sock of these breeches is now tone-on-tone with the main color of the breeches.
For Horses Push Up Show Jumping Breeches “Pat”
Are you a person that is bothered by seams? Especially the pesky ones in the upper leg area? Worry no more, the new design of these #1 selling breeches feature a seamless knee patch. Besides providing a cleaner look, this small change also enhances wearing comfort.
Remie Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches
So we know almost all White breeches are transparent to varying degrees. We acted on your feedback to improve on the transparency factor of the White Remie Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches.
Bernie – Collar Crystal button removed
So many of our customers have requested that the crystal button on the top of this show shirt will make it a very popular show shirt. So we listened to your feedback. Now this shirt is even more popular because you can wear it in the show jumping and hunter ring as well! Also, new for 2018 are 2 new colors Light Blue Pois and Blue Pois.
What do you think? Tell Us
Do you own any of of these new products? We would love to hear from you. Tell us, in the comments below, what is your favorite For Horses product.