5 Years in the Making 0
Welcome to our first Tailored West, 113 Latigo Lane. I started working for Nanci back when she was in the little store behind Chili's, way back in 2013. I was given a business card of Nanci's by my clothing teacher my Junior year of High School (back when I thought I would be a fashion designer).
Thus, the beautiful journey of my life with Tailored West began. I was interviewed by Brenda, so I did not even meet Nanci until my first day on the job. Amy was my orientation teacher, so I still was not around Nanci for the first while. I have been working since I was 13 years old. I was so fascinated for my first job not in food service, I was ready to do anything to keep this job. Even if that meant deep cleaning the bathroom (which was our dressing room at the time, wow how far we've come). Eventually I worked more with Nanci, helping her fold the pieces of fabric for the first Bolder Bands, being her personal mannequin for her designs, and keeping people away from her so she could work. Shortly after my time with her, it was time to move to something bigger.
New move! Off we traveled to our rustic little 224 Main Street store across from Doritos. Many knew this store by the bright green door we had painted out front. It was a bigger space that we made look smaller with all of the things we filled it with. Many memories and fashion shows were started at 224, including our expansion store, 103 North Tejon Street in Colorado Springs (Sorry, no picture, my store was the Cañon store). Almost done with High School, I had discovered the performance life was the life for me. Nanci had helped me develop a better sense of style for me and my personality rather than what I was trying to copy from social media. I was so grateful ending my senior year and last summer before college with Nanci helping her and other small town businesses in Cañon City grow.
Off to college as a Musical Theatre and Dance Major I went. Of course I still needed a job, so I continued to work for Nanci when I came home for breaks from college. College expanded so many opportunities and life chapters for me, yet my Tailored West chapter still has not come to a close. Two summers later I came home to a big brand new (very open store, compared to 224). 502 Main Street, across from the new Teek restaurant. ***Our team works so much and hard, how else are we supposed to feed ourselves if we don't set up shop across from a restaurant (;
Here we are, 5 years in the making. As I am about to go off onto my 5th and final year of College, I can't help but look back on how much growth has been made in the past 5 (going on 6) years. First of all, how much my sense of style has changed and developed into what it is today. Second of all, how much our little 113 Latino Lane store has grown into this continuously growing small town miracle. Opening our doors to all and making "love our highest goal" 1Corinthians14:1.
Of course we are still doing our in-store alterations, and we now have tuxedo rentals here in our little big town of Cañon City. Perfect for all your events whether you have a wedding coming up, prom, or just a fancy night out. We are also SO HAPPY to have the 103 North Tejon Street in Colorado Springs as our first franchise! We welcome the new owner, Elma, with open arms and hearts to our team! Our fashion team and experts are here to help you grow your own fashion styles, business, or help you find that missing piece in your closet.
Come say hi to one of our team members in a store today! 502 Main Street, Cañon City or 103 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs. And don't forget to come in tomorrow too because our store is always changing!
What has TIME taught YOU "Girl Boss"? 1
I love the age I am at....the "level".
If I think of each year as a new "Level" that I've grown up into. A higher level in which I have stretched and grown, but totally been tossed around and blown over....I can embrace these years. These LEVELS. They are my friends. Funny to think of TIME, as a friend. TIME. My sidekick that I look over my shoulder at and wink. TIME. My shadow of a past filled with goals, disappointments and lessons. TIME. My teacher now cheering me on as I have finally grown up to the title "Girl Boss". TIME. Who has taught me how to lead with love, fairness, and selflessness. TIME. Who has knocked me on my BUTT when I have attempted to lead or serve any other way....with an ego...with overly aggressive plans, or just simply without a well designed PLAN!
My gorgeous and smart Daughter gave me a book for Christmas. I highly recommend this for you Ladies that want to be a Girl Boss, are already a Boss and want to be a better Boss, or know a Girl who wants....well you get my point!
If I had read this earlier in my journey I could have come further, faster....but that wan't how things went. Some of us have to come up the back staircase to the best level at the perfect time.
Enjoy the level you are at today.
Challenge yourself to step up and keep stepping up until you reach your goals!
- Nanci Kezar
"Art in Fashion with Sustainable Purpose". 0
Friends, we live in an amazing time of creative freedom in fashion. As a Designer I am super excited about the future launch of "Ver'e'ne Revival"!
Coming in March 2018 so be sure to follow us on Facebook so you don't miss a beat!
Bring us Your unwanted Jeans, Laces, Buttons, Leather Boots of any kind, flannel shirts, and leather clothing.Enjoy complimentary Coffee or tea and treats, and receive a coupon redeemable on ANY American Made item! Candles, Clothes, ANYTHING American Made! Both Stores!
There is no monetary exchange for the items you bring in...However, you have our promise...
- We promise we will breathe new life into the items, our community, our trainees and our employees.
- By exercising our talents in training, encouraging creativity, providing fair wages.
- By providing our team an environment of mentoring, love and encouragement.
- Tailored West is open to the public six days a week.
- Providing our community and all guests to our community a very special shopping experience.
- Because our Designing and manufacturing is on-site at our Canon City location, guests can enjoy a glimpse of the creative process.
I feel this new adventure is going to be highly rewarding in a multitude of ways and I thank you in advance for your interest and any contributions, whether your prayers, your encouraging words, your visits or your "stuff"!
God Bless America, God bless You!
- Nanci Kezar
Notes from a YWAM meeting that touched me deeply. 1
HI Friends, Thanks for dropping by!
I'm excited to write this and I hope you enjoy the information and are motivated in some way!
We attended an inspirational meeting last night and I wanted to spread some of these Affirmations of the YWAM Wealth Creation Manifesto. This meeting was in Colorado Springs at the YWAM School of Business and Entrepreneurship DTS.
We were warmly greeted and treated to dessert and coffee and then the true treat began...
Learning about the affirmations of the Lausanne Movement and Business As Mission (BAM)
I'm just going to mention a few that highly resonated with me:
- We are created in God's image, to co-create with Him and for Him, to create products and services for the common good.
- Wealth creation is a holy calling, and a God-given gift, which is commended in the Bible.
- There is a universal calling to generosity, and contentment is a virtue, but material simplicity is a personal choice, and involuntary poverty should be alleviated.
- Wealth creation through business has proven power to lift people and nations out of poverty.
- The purpose of wealth creation through business goes beyond giving generously although that is to be commended; good business has intrinsic value as a means of material provision and can be an agent of positive transformation in society.
- Feeling thankful beyond measure to be able to do what I was created to do.
- Thankful for this great Nation and our FREEDOMS to pursue dreams won at such great cost.
- Thankful that I get to teach others my trade, share my passion, and use my God-given gifts for serve God and people.
- Nanci Kezar
Independence in Fashion. Independence in Design. 0
Here's a thought from Nanci: Pray for our Nation, Work Hard and Be Nice, Pray for your dreams....Work Hard for your dreams....Love your Employees, Pray for your Employees, Pray for your Customers, your vendors....Work Harder than ever, and be an independent Free thinking person.
free from outside control; not depending on another's authority.
synonyms: freethinking, free, individualistic; More
synonyms: self-governing, self-ruling, self-determining, sovereign, autonomous, free, nonaligned"an independent country"
not influenced by others; impartial."a thorough and independent investigation of the case"
synonyms: impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced, neutral, disinterested, uninvolved, uncommitted, detached, dispassionate, objective, nonpartisan, nondiscriminatory"independent advice"
not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence."I wanted to remain independent in old age"
synonyms: self-sufficient, self-supporting, self-reliant, standing on one's own two feet antonyms: dependent
capable of thinking or acting for oneself."advice for independent travelers"
(of income or resources) making it unnecessary to earn one's living."a woman of independent means"
There is much more to say about this POWERFUL word....But these few points tell a big story and inspire me!
- Nanci Kezar
Why try? 0
If at first you don't succeed.....you know the rest.....Try Try AGAIN!
Friends, I have attempted many endeavors in my 55 years that have come to a sudden end. They needed to.
Tailored West is different! It cannot end because every day as I arrive bright and early, I WANT to be here... I WANT to be doing this! It is not money that keeps me trying to grow my label Ver'e'ne and my company, Tailored West.
It is an internal passion to create something beautiful and lasting. Something that inspires others. Something that the entire team can embrace. Something they can own and believe in. A business wherein each employee's contribution is irreplaceable.
Why try....and what are we trying to do??
Ver'e'ne is a growing label in Colorado that has several "Legs" to stand on!
1. Quality fabrics. Some Vintage touches, some organic and natural touches, but the primary characteristics QUALITY and HAND (Fabulous to the touch).
2. Fit. Ver'e'ne Fits American women. If you are a size Medium. You will wear Medium in Ver'e'ne....Not a size UP because the garment was made off-shore.
3. Quality construction. We do not cut corners on construction in any way.
4. Style. Fashion with flair. Fashion that is Pretty and fashion that is feminine!
In the effort to bring to Colorado, fabulous, American made quality clothing for women, I just spent days in Dallas sourcing fabrics for the upcoming designs.
Arriving in a few day, the largest, most exciting collection of colors and textures yet so stay tuned as we roll out an unexpected and refreshing collection of Ver'e'ne!
Thanks for spending a minute with a dreamer!