Texas designer Patricia Wolf has created a tradition of western lifestyle apparel, accessories and home décor since 1980 on Main Street in Smithville, Texas. Leathers and fabrics are the medium she uses to design collections with pallets of rich earth tones and delicate springtime desert colors. Combining fabrics and leathers with great tailoring, she has created a distinctive “Patricia Wolf” look.
As one of the few designers still “Made in America”, Patricia takes pride in her label that reads “Made in Texas”. Working in her Texas studio she is able to keep a watchful eye on her products as they are made. “Made in Texas” allows the quality to stay consistent and also makes it possible for her to customize colors and embellishments to the retail store who buy her products and also to discerning retail customers who ask for personal custom designs.
If you think that high fashion is glamorous, consider the modest background of Patricia Wolf. Imagine listening to the Grateful Dead in 1973 and driving in a delightful hippy bus through the high desert on the way to their next art festival. Patricia and her husband Sam, with 2 young children, lived and worked in a beautifully crafted bus they called the “Prairie Schooner”. Patricia marketed handmade leather clothing at arts festivals throughout the West. The Wolfs were artisan nomads who were laying the foundation to the Patricia Wolf enterprise.
Now she loves the styling of retro-western arrowhead pockets, buckaroo cowgirl chinks, vaquero and old Mexico senoritas or Native American hide paintings. She is at home with rhinestone rockabilly or leather and lace at the National Final Rodeo. An eclectic mix of these things are what defines the Patricia Wolf line of western lifestyle products.
Her home furnishings have a distinct Native American flavor with a museum quality appeal. Suede and leather hides hand painted with running ponies and bison in muted colors are made into clothing, wall hangings, a purse or a wrap belt. Gorgeous fringed pillows, table runners, window dressings and comfy suede ottomans complete the home furnishings group and compliment her clothing and accessories.
Patricia’s special talent is to bridge western lifestyle with contemporary looks to design clothes that are wearable and fun in today’s world. The elegance and splendid fit she is known for, she attributes to Coco Channel, Johnny Versace and Ralph Loren. “These fashion icons have helped define fashion as we all know it, and I am proud to be part of their industry and be in a business that accepts me the way I am.”
Patricia Wolf has come a long way since touring in that magnificent bus. Patricia gives a great interview and she has been the subject of TV lifestyle segments and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Her many awards include the 1989 Guest Designer at the Dallas Western Market, 1998 Texas Natural Fiber Designer of the Year, 2000 Honoree as the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Ready-To-Wear Artist, and 2003 Western Image Awards winner of the Dallas Apparel Mart.
Broadening her scope into feature films, in 1998 she did costume construction for Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock and in 2008 she created 200 costumes for yet to be released Tree of Life starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. In June 2010 she wrapped shooting as costume designer for Doonby the movie starring John Schneider, well known as Bo Duke of Dukes of Hazard.