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Lotus Romeo Custom Dressage Shadbelly – Realize your dream tailcoat

Lotus Romeo Elegant Burgundy Dressage Shadbelly - Front View

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.

Natasha Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly - Front View
Natasha Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly – Front View
Natasha Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly - Back View
Natasha Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly – Back View

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.

Lotus Romeo Elegant Burgundy Dressage Shadbelly - Back View
Lotus Romeo Elegant Burgundy Dressage Shadbelly – Back View (shown with Bow)

What Is Included

This is what you get in the Fully Customized Dressage Shadbelly by Lotus Romeo

Personalization

  • 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.

Tailoring

Optionally, a 4 point tailoring adjustment is included as well. This covers:

  • Length Adjustment
  • Sleeve Length Adjustment
  • Shoulders Adjustment
  • Waist Adjustment

Conclusion

Are you ready to design your own dream shadbelly? Wait no more. Click on the button below to get started.

Design My Custom Shadbelly
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Secchiari Boots : Beautiful, Comfortable and Stylish

Secchiari Athena Riding Tall Boots for Show Jumping in Black

The objective of this post is to introduce the Secchiari brand to the US equestrian/horserider market. Secchiari is an Italian bootmaker with a full selection of ready-to-wear and custom boots for dressage, show jumping and polo.

With so many options for riding boots, one would think “Who needs another brand?”. That is mostly inline with our thoughts as well, until earlier this year. Our customers were tired of the same choices for boots. They want more options, particularly for off-the-shelf ready-to-wear boots.

While Tucci does a remarkable job at fully custom boots for both dressage and show jumping, there is a segment of the market that does not want to wait for custom boots. Instead, they want a semi-soft ready-to-wear boot that they can use for riding and competition right away. Enter Secchiari Boots. All Secchiari boots have two things that make them stand out:

  1. Comfortable and broken-in from Day 1.
  2. Styles that are modern and conservative at the same time.

The comfort part is important. Everyone knows the pain of breaking in new boots. We have all endured the blisters, the pain and bruises all in an effort to break-in new boots. The situation is even worse with certain brands whose boots are ultra-stiff and it takes 2 to 3 weeks for daily use. While this is particularly painful for tall boots, the same applies to paddock (short) boots. Some of us manage the pain the old fashioned way by just getting used to it. Others employ home made tricks such as stuffing Kleenex tissues or wearing 2 pairs of socks. While each method may have its merits, there is no denying that new boots cause some pain.

What makes Secchiari Boots more comfortable?

Where some brands create their boots from a super soft and thin “wallet” leather, there are other brands that produce the stiffest leather boots. The former is easy to wear on day 1 with no break-in required. The downside is that these boots drop very drastically and wear out much quicker. The lifespan on these boots is much shorter than average.

In contrast, the stiffness of the latter category of boots makes them extremely uncomfortable for new use. Riders have to endure hours and hours of  excruciatingly pain in order to break them in. Eventually (2 to 3 weeks by some accounts), the boots do break in and the leather becomes supple and conforms.

Secchiari Boots are made from soft and supple leather. Flexible yet stands on its own, unlike another well renowned and popular brand of boots. The Secchiari philosophy strikes just the right balance between leather stiffness and comfort. The leather thickness is halfway between the “wallet” leather and the “super stiff” leather. Secchiari boots can be ridden in the first day with minor discomfort.

Secchiari Boots – Modern and Conservative Style

Secchiari also brings another advantage to the table: modern and conservative styling. The Secchiari portfolio of boots presents a boot for everyone. Whether you ride dressage, or show jumping or hunters, Secchiari has a boot for you. When you want to compete, there are lots of options for show boots.

Secchiari Paddock Boots "Hera" in Black
Secchiari Paddock Boots “Hera” in Black
Secchiari Paddock Boots in Brown shown with Olanda Mini Chaps
Secchiari Paddock Boots in Brown shown with Olanda Mini Chaps

The Secchiari Paddock Boots Hera and the Olanda Mini Chaps are a system that allows you the look of tall boots without the discomfort. It is hard to tell these apart from tall boots. This concept was first popularized by the Freejump Liberty Boots and Chaps system. Tucci has its own offering of short-boots and mini chaps boot system. What sets the Secchiari apart from the other such models are the clean lines and superior fit. The Secchiari fit is second to none. Add to that the Hera Short Boots feature elastic panels on both sides along with a side zipper to fasten. The Tucci Harl Paddock boots do not feature a zipper. The Freejump boots are more modern, not appealing to the rider who desires a classic look.

Secchiari Athena Riding Tall Boots for Show Jumping in Black
Secchiari Athena Riding Tall Boots for Show Jumping in Black
Secchiari Dress Boots for Show Jumping in Blue
Secchiari Dress Boots for Show Jumping in Blue

How does the size run on Secchiari  boots?

The Secchiari boots are handmade in Italy. The fit is mostly true to size. Size charts are shown below:

Secchiari Mini Chaps - Size Chart
Secchiari Mini Chaps – Size Chart
Secchiari Tall Boots Size Chart
Secchiari Tall Boots Size Chart
Secchiari Riding Boots - Size Chart
Secchiari Riding Boots – Size Chart

What about Custom boots?

While Secchiari does not yet offer fully custom boots, they do offer a good variety of personalizations. The Colombian Luxury Top Tall Boots are one example.

Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Black Patent
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Black Patent
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Black with Navy Croc Top
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Black with Navy Croc Top
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Brown with Brown Croc Top and Heel
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Brown with Brown Croc Top and Heel

Questions? Comments? Feedback

We welcome your comments and feedback. Secchiari is a relatively new name in the United States. If you have questions, please leave us a comment below.

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Grand Opening Tomorrow @ WEF Showgrounds

TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF

Are you ready to experience the ultimate mobile shopping experience?

Wait no more….TACKNRIDER is unveiling a full-size mobile showroom at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (WEF Showgrounds) tomorrow!

WHAT: Grand Opening of TACKNRIDER Mobile Showroom

WHERE: WEF Showgrounds (in the vendor row) between Ann. K Hubard’s Tack Shop and Kochers

WHEN: November 27, 2013 , 10 AM

If you have not seen the mobile showroom yet, be sure to stop by. Bring your friends over as we celebrate and kick off the WEF season. Free Gifts included with every purchase, as appreciation for our customers.

TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF

We are excited about this new addition to our business. The showroom is state-of-the-art, equipped with full Air Conditioner, Canopies, Center stage, and an uber-cool fitting room etc. We will feature new apparel and tack from Equiline, Schockemohle Sports, GPA, Eskadron, Samshield, HKM, Jeffries, Accademia Italiana.

Stop by to check out the newest addition to WEF! You will not be disappointed. Stay tuned for more exclusive pictures of the showroom, coming soon!

See you at WEF!

 

 

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New Season, New Website

As the new season rolls around, we are starting quite a handful of new ventures. One of those ventures is the new look of the website.

We have overhauled the look and functionality of the website, in response to feedback from our customers. Our customers had reported problems viewing and navigating the website on mobile devices such as the iPAD. So to address that, we have created a new website that renders beautifully on desktop as well as mobile devices.

As with anything new, there will be a few kinks to sort out. So please bear with us. For your convenience, we have transferred your customer account information from the old site. If you are having trouble logging in, please send us a note or Contact Us.

You will notice we are constantly adding new products to the website. To provide a smoother experience you can now subscribe to our RSS feed, so you can get a summary of our blog posts here.

Stay tuned to our blog…we will announce all events, store promotions, sales, parties here. So don’t miss out. Also, we would love to hear from you, so chime in. We love our customers and are always listening for your valuable feedback.

Happy Browsing until next time!

 

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New Season means New Store Layout

Hopefully everyone had a safe and fun summer. While it has been quiet for the summer, we are excited to bring in the new season. Another month or so and Wellington will be buzzing with Equestrian activity. For those of us local to Wellington, we see how amazing this transformation is.

With that said, at Tack N Rider, we have been busy re-organizing for the new season.  That includes bringing in new merchandise for the upcoming season. We are very excited about this new season! We are confident it will be even more exciting than last year.

This is the first part of a multi-part post on how we are changing things at Tack N Rider.  Summer gives us an opportunity to re-evaluate things. One of the items that needed addressing was store layout and merchandising. So we hired a visual merchandiser to come in and make suggestions. Not only was her feedback useful, it was enlightening, as it forces you to imagine yourself in the customer’s shoes. So here we go, without further ado, here are the first shots of the new store layout.

Apparel Area

Tacknrider Store Layout
More shelves
TacknRider Store Layout Changes
More Shelves for clean layout
Tacknrider Store Layout Changes
Layered Tables for clean and better layout
TacknRider Store New Section in Mens
New Addition to Men’s Section

 

 

Store Floor
Floor of the store

Clearance Room

Central Clearance Room
Central Clearance Room
Welcome to the New Clearance Room
Welcome to the New Clearance Room
Tack N Rider Clearance Room Breeches arranged
Tack N Rider Clearance Room Breeches arranged

 

Now that you have seen these changes, what do you think? We would love to hear from you. We value your feedback greatly.

Our customers are the best teachers, so go ahead, chime in. Whether its good or bad, let us know.