MILWAUKEE – Western and cowboy fashion is always in, just ask the owners of Las Palmas Western Wear in Milwaukee.
“More and more of these kids in high school are understanding that, you know, and it’s a trend,” manager Juan Ordaz said.
Las Palmas at 600 W. Historic Mitchell St. has been one of the best places in Milwaukee for old-school western clothing. The store is full of gorgeous boots, awesome cowboy hats, and everything in between, like bolo ties, belts, jeans, and jackets.
You don’t need to own a ranch to wear these clothes. Ordaz said he welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life to his store.
“I wouldn’t say there’s a majority of one group coming in. It’s all mixed up.”
Las Palmas Western Wear (not to be confused with Las Palmas Restaurant) was opened in 1995 by Ordaz’s father, who is also called Juan Ordaz. It was originally a grocery store, but Ordaz Sr. quickly became fashionable.
“I don’t know, I like boots, you know, so I started with 10 pairs of boots,” he said.
Then things exploded. Business was booming. This is what got them everything from $70 boots to $500 boots. In fact, they even have a $1,000 Stetson hat.
“We have customers who like, you know, good things, so we try to keep something in stock for them,” Ordaz Jr. said.
It’s not just another clothing store, though. It’s also a connection to their Mexican roots.
“We’re very connected, you know, with the legacy, and that helps keep it going,” Ordaz Sr said.
Juan senior was born near Leon, Mexico, which is one of the boot capitals of the world. Now with his son at the helm, it’s a way to carry on the tradition.
“Bringing a bit of that here, mixed in with our Mexican culture and traditions, it’s been really good for us,” Ordaz Jr. said.
The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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