Philip Ashton Rollins gave the world its first professional look at cowboy life in his 1922 book, The Cowboy: An Unconventional History of Civilization
Cowboys clothing has a long history in the United States and is here to stay. The image of a Cowboy is as ingrained in the fabric of the country as much as apple pie. From farmers who wear cowboys clothing for its functionality while on the ranch, to those who simply admire the look and feel of cowboy attire, the business is booming.
There are not many things on earth cuter than a pair of toddler cowboy boots or baby cowboy boots. Today, the culture of Americas favorite icon the cowboy is known around the world. Sure, there were other callings that helped shape the West, like lumber jacking, farming, railroading, and hard rock mining, and often as dangerous, but they pale in comparison to the compelling image of the cowboy.
Western clothing stores bank on the infatuation with all aspects of cowboy life.
In 1892, Charles Moreau Harger could not have known how wrong he would some day be, when wrote in Scribner’s Magazine: “The cowboy, with his white, wide trimmed hat, his long leather cattle whip, his lariat, and his clanking spur is a thing of the past.”
Cowboys clothing and the culture that spawned it, continues to have an impact on mainstream culture.
Cowboys clothing came from many different backgrounds and traditions. Some young cowboys grew up around cattle on western ranches, while others had run away from home or crossed the ocean in search of work and a new life. Cowboys clothing had to be durable plus provide protection.