The West is not a place," Jack A. "Papa" Weil, the founder of Rockmount Ranch Wear, was fond of saying. "It's a state of mind." Jack A. entered that state for good in 1928, when the then-27-year-old salesman for Paris Garters drove his brand-new Chrysler Roadster across the plains from Memphis to o ... More >>
What are the hundred things everyone should do in Colorado before they die? We posed this question to our writers and editors, and we've been rolling out their answers across our blogs: Cafe Society, Backbeat, Show & Tell and The Latest Word. We've already shared Latest Word Bucket List picks 25-1 ... More >>
Outside of January, when the National Western Stock Show is in town, you don't see a lot of bolo ties in Colorado anymore, even though they're as much a part of Western garb as cowboy boots. "Bolo ties are not a high-volume seller," says Rockmount Ranch Wear owner Steve Weil, whose grandfather, Jack ... More >>
The late Dale Tooley -- longtime Denver District Attorney, one-time mayoral candidate and full-time Irishman -- is remembered every year in Denver, when a downtown street is officially, if temporarily, changed to Tooley Street for St. Patrick's Day. For years, the street sign at Wazee and 17th stree ... More >>
And we thought the Broncos orange cowboy hat that Mayor Michael Hancock sported yesterday as grand marshal of the Stock Show parade downtown represented the ultimate cultural collision in couture. But just a block away, an icky icon has been gussied up in honor of "United in Orange Friday." Finally, ... More >>
Today is officially "Dress Western Day," with a parade through downtown Denver marking the kick-off of the 107th National Western Stock Show; tomorrow is "United in Orange Friday," pushing this town's other show ponies, the Denver Broncos. What's a busy mayor to wear?
Rockmount Ranch Wear has a lengthy history of celebrity drop-ins. Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler is just the latest in a long list of stylish stars to stop by the store. Knopfler played at the 1STBANK Center on October 29 and 30, along with rock legend and former Rockmount visitor Bob Dylan, on ... More >>
When Bob Dylan picked up his Medal of Freedom last week, he was wearing a Rockmount Ranch Wear shirt. Steve Weil, president of the Denver-based company, recognized the model -- and says Dylan is a long-time fan of the snap-button shirts. But while Dylan's fashion sense may be above reproach, one re ... More >>
Since birthing Velvet Elvis on Elvis Presley's birthday in 2004, Jonny Barber has gone on to sing at both Graceland and Sun Studios, he's met members of The King's band, as well as Larry Geller, Elvis's hair stylist and spiritual adviser, and he's had the pleasure of hearing first hand storie ... More >>
Otis Taylor may or may not be one of them.In its five years of existence so far, the Curious Theatre Company has lured some pretty prodigious figures into its annual Denver Stories production, where it pairs local celebrities with playwrights and has them produce autobiographical short plays; ... More >>
"Denver Stories" is a genius marketing move: Every May, Curious Theatre Company picks four local celebs (or what passes for a celeb in this town), has a local playwright create a short play about them, and then produces all four on one evening that turns into a giant fundraising event. The result ... More >>
Words of wisdom from Papa Jack.
The late Jack A. Weil. Art is where you find it. And on Friday, November 14, the kick-off of Denver ArtsWeek, when eleven museums across town opened their doors to huge, enthusiastic crowds, I found it in what could be the city's smallest museum: the mezzanine of Rockmount Ranch Wear. That's the ... More >>
Jack A. Weil One of Jack A. Weil's favorite lines: "Where were you when I was your age?" This year, for the first time, when Jack A. asked me that question, I could honestly say this: "Well, at least I'd been born." At the age of 107, Jack A. Weil, inventor of the Western snap-button shirt (back ... More >>
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It's not nice to string along a 106-year-old man. Last night, the Tonight show ran its piece on Denver -- Mo Rocca's advance look at the town in anticipation of 35,000 descending on it for the Democratic National Convention -- but the promised bit on Jack A. Weil, founder of Rockmount Ranchwear, was ... More >>
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