We are a mother/daughter collaboration that believe everything deserves a second chance! Our love of old cowboy boots, vintage leather & tack are the inspirations for our wearable works of art. Each piece is one of a kind and handmade with love in our studio in Northern CA. We both agree our artistic abilities were passed down from Denise's mother, Doris, who was a talented artist in her own right. Doris was an amazing quilter who taught us both about patience when it comes to creating something beautiful, and to always pay attention to to every stitch.
Jennie Porter- Owner
Jennie has been creating art since she could hold a crayon. In 1998, she began selling her oil paintings in galleries and traveling to western venues to display her work. From 2004-2010 she taught elementary and high school art at public schools in CA, and owned a private art studio just for children. After taking a break to travel a few years, she decided to change direction and learn a new medium, leather. With guidance from her mother and previous experience from traveling to events, it wasn't long until Re-Ride Stories was created.
Denise DeShon- Designer
Denise has been creating custom leather designs for over 40 years. Self taught, she was inspired to make herself a pair of chaps in high school when she couldn't afford a fancy pair. Those chaps lead to friends with envy and the custom requests haven't stopped pouring in since! Over the years she has made chaps, belts, wallets, purses and even a beautiful clothing collection that has been featured on the runway at the Cody High Style Fashion Show and the Western Design Conference, where she was a featured designer. Always thinking outside of the box and wanting to create something new, she prides herself on not creating the same item twice.
It was Denise's idea to name the business "Re-Ride Stories". A play on repurposing and cowboy slang, many of the designs created are made from reclaimed cowboy boots, vintage belts, old tack, used horseshoes and vintage fabrics. And just like old cowboys can tell a great story, so does each unique piece they create.