Meet The "Fierce Girl Band" of Tailored West
Meet the "fierce girl band" team members of Tailored West Cañon City and Colorado Springs. The passion and dedication of each team member is what makes Tailored West strong and thriving!
Nanci Kezar | Owner & CEO
Tailored West Fashion Boutique was founded by Nanci Kezar and opened its doors in Cañon City, Colorado in 2013. The brand and boutique are the culmination of Nanci's acquired passions, hard work and vision.
Brianna Freda | Manager - Cañon City
Brianna has been working for Tailored West from the very beginning. She has followed the business through 3 moves, 4 franchises, and even met her husband through the business! Helping and watching the business grow has been such a wonderful experience for her. She can truly say that she loves going to work and working with such a fierce girl band. She is so proud to work at a business that is fully female run that inspires women everyday to be their true self and embrace it.
In addition to managing the Cañon City store, and being the operations and staff trainer, Brianna spends her time away from the store teaching and training Aerial Silks dance and fitness. She is also a dog mom to a pretty little mixed breed pup named Willow, whom you may have met or will meet at the store every so often.
Shelby Flick | Manager - Colorado Springs
Shelby began working at Tailored West right out of high school. She started off working as a full time (assembly line) seamstress for the company and quickly developed a passion for additional parts of running a small retail business. When she expressed interest in working on the retail side of the operation, Nanci immediately took Shelby under her wing and showed her the ropes. Together, they traveled to trade shows, dug through mountains of fabrics, and pieced together some of Nanci's designs. Tailored West helped Shelby's love for western wear and western culture blossom. You will often see her wearing some sort of leather and she's a sucker for conchos.
Cañon City just wasn’t quite big enough for Shelby, so Nanci encouraged her to see the world, and boy she did. Before she began her journey, she told Nanci that she’d always work for her. Later, when Nanci approached her with the opportunity to open and manage a new location, Shelby jumped at the chance to be apart of the new vision.
In her free time, Shelby loves to go country swing dancing with her husband, throw the ball for her dog HoneyBee and go to any concert this side of the Rockies. She has a background in tailoring and a love for all things fashion. She lives by the motto “Your outfit makes the first impression, and make sure it’s a good one”.
Janet Bergin | Operations Manager
Janet has been involved with Tailored West ever since she stopped in the first location in East Cañon City in 2013. After years of building a relationship with Nanci as a friend and as a loyal customer, Janet began helping with Tailored West festivals and events. She later was brought on as a consultant to assist in website maintenance, technical support, online order fulfillment and graphic design. Janet also formulated, produced and designed Tailored West’s Essential Oils line. In 2018 through 2019, she was a key component in launching Tailored West’s two franchise locations. In the winter of 2021, Janet was officially hired as the Operations Manager at the Cañon City location.
In her spare time, Janet enjoys teaching yoga and hiking with friends. She also continues making and selling her essential oil blends.
Linda Kear | Bridal & Special Occasions Alterations
Linda started at Tailored West in June 2017 after being recommended for her sewing skills and knowledge as a former consumer studies teacher. She can be found in the back of Tailored West Cañon City as the head of Bridal and Special Occasions Alterations. Linda, who has been sewing and making her own clothes since grade school, uses her talents for intricate wedding and formal dresses and complex alterations. She is well versed in lace, beading, and more. She also sews many of Tailored West's signature clothing collection.
When she's not behind a sewing machine, Linda enjoys hiking, walking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Sydney Sawatsky | Alterations & Rentals
Sydney Sawatsky is Tailored West’s head of the everyday alterations department in Cañon City. She discovered Tailored West when someone from her previous job had mentioned an opening. Looking for a change and to broaden her skill set, Sydney interviewed for the alterations position.Having been accepted for the job meant a lot of hard work and apprenticeship to catch up and be qualified for the post. Still on a road of learning, Sydney takes each new project with care and dedication to her craft. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Sydney has seen a small portion of the world having lived in three provinces, five states and three countries including Brazil. Now she lives with her cat Luna and a steadily growing indoor plant jungle in Cañon City, Colorado, excited to continue growing her skills as an artist and tailor.
Betty Johnson | Alterations
Betty Johnson came to Tailored West having been trained in the art of alterations. She joined the Tailored West team in 2016 bringing with her many previous customers. Betty assists in the division of general alterations, specializing in uniforms, menswear, and mending.
Betty's life is depicted by a strong faith in God, dedication to her family, her church, and her community. She has served in hospice, and the entire team truly appreciates her loving and caring heart.
Dianna Carver | Jewelry Designer
Dianna came into Tailored West looking to learn to sew, and after multiple interviews was eventually hired as the jewelry designer. Now she works closely with Nanci creating jewelry to perfectly match and enhance the look of Tailored West’s signature fashions. Since being hired she has also been learning to sew and can now occasionally be found behind a sewing machine in the production room.
Dianna grew up in Fremont High School where she could be found working with her animals in 4-H or on an art project for school. She was always interested in drawing and painting in art class, but after graduating she found herself turning her interest to jewelry. Her passion for jewelry started with making simple necklaces and bracelets as gifts and grew to her discovering a love for fashion, creating a bridal jewelry line and participating in several Colorado fashion shows before eventually finding her way to Tailored West. Dianna still loves doing any kind of art project, when she’s not working on jewelry she occasionally works as a professional face and body painter. In her free time now she’s most often on her horse or enjoying the beautiful Colorado scenery with her dogs.
Bri Conley | Sales Associate - Cañon City
Bri has a love for fashion and has been a long time shopper at Tailored West. In Winter 2021, she came across job opportunities at Tailored West online and immediately applied for the Sales Associate position. She can now be found on the floor welcoming customers, guiding their shopping experience and occasionally modeling for the online shop.
Outside of work, Bri enjoys working with different art mediums such as painting and jewelry wire wrapping. She also loves to hang out with her family, walk and hike with her four dogs, and jeeping.
Allyson Reish | Sales Associate - Colorado Springs
Allyson first heard about Tailored West when her friend, Shelby (Manager of the Chapel Hills Mall location) shared a social media post about the Cañon City location. A few months later, Allyson kept her interest in Tailored West as Shelby and the Tailored West Team began opening the Colorado Springs location. Allyson was hired in the Summer of 2021 as a Sales Associate part time. She loves that she gets to work for people that have such positive attitudes and enjoy the work that they do. She also really enjoys that some of the many of the items sold by Tailored West are made by talented members of the Cañon City team.
Outside of work, Allyson can be found either somewhere on a Country Bar dance floor or 100% unavailable on a plane to her next adventure, in a new place.
Kinsey Larsen | Sales Associate - Cañon City
Kinsey joined Tailored West as an intern in June 2021. She learned of the internship through her high school and marked it as her number one choice. A couple months later, Kinsey was offered a part time job on the sales floor where she is quickly learning about retail, fashion and the innerworkings of a small business. She especially enjoys talking with customers and sharing their joy in finding new clothing and accessories.
Kinsey is a dancer at heart and can be found doing just that in her spare time. She also regularly models for the Tailored West website.
Laney Seufer | Operations Assistant
Laney began with Tailored West as an intern in the fall of 2020. As a high school graduation requirement, she was presented with a list of local businesses and chose Tailored West as she was interested in small business and fashion. After speaking with Nanci and Brianna, her internship was accepted and she began assisting with operations, social media and has been featured as a model on the website. After finishing her internship and another semester in school, Laney was hired as Operations Assistant in winter 2021.
Outside of school and work, Laney enjoys playing guitar, spending time with her cows and modeling.
Rachel Rooks | Production Assistant
After searching for a new occupation, Rachel applied and was hired at Tailored West in mid August 2021. She had worked alongside Christine in her previous job and was delighted to find out that they were hired together. Rachel doesn't have previous sewing knowledge, but loves new experiences and challenges. Her favorite part of her new position is learning new crafts and skills.
In her spare time, Rachel can be found playing with her horses and spending time with her son.
Kat Fox Reynolds | Marketing Director
After seven years in the fast-paced fine jewelry industry of New York City, Kat has developed a multi-faceted skill set of social media marketing, digital marketing, website design, graphic design and photography. In search of an outdoor lifestyle, she and her husband (then fiancé) relocated to Cañon City, Colorado in the summer of 2017. There, she began focusing her marketing and design expertise within small businesses as a consultant, both locally and remotely.
Kat's first experience with Tailored West was when she brought her wedding dress in for alterations ahead of her October 2018 wedding. She was personally greeted by Nanci and her wedding dress was expertly fitted and sewn by Linda. Later in 2019, Nanci brought Kat on as the consulting marketing director at Tailored West. Equipped with Nanci's passion and vision, Kat created new branding and revamped tailoredwest.com. She continues to build Tailored West's visuals and audience through her digital marketing efforts.
In her spare time, she loves to hike and mountain bike with her husband and two dogs and experiment in different creative mediums, such as painting and furniture refinishing.