With over 150 years of rich history behind them, Stetson is an iconic American brand that is ever evolving and forever timeless. From true western cowboys, to Hollywood elite to U.S. presidents, these hats have brimmed the heads of many throughout history. We are proud to be supported by Stetson and show you a glimpse of the women in our community that have a true personal connection to this brand. - Babes Ride Out
Say hello to Jennifer! After meeting Jenn a couple of years ago at one of the local moto events, I could not help but notice her extensive collection of amazing vintage pieces and her ability to frame any outfit around a Setson hat and a pair of Red Wing boots. She has an original style that fits just perfectly in to the Joshua Tree landscape. Jennifer is one of those truly sweet and genuine people that is just easy to admire. We are so greatful to have her on site again this year working the Red Wing booth.
Jennifer has a deep love for Stetsons and we got to catch up with her to hear more about her connection to this iconic brand.
Name: Jennifer E. McCann
Location: Ventura, California
Occupation: Red Wing Heritage Women’s
What kind of bike do you ride? Kawasaki W650
Tell us about how you got into riding motorcycles: While I worked at Deus Ex Machina I was able to take advantage of the great support system within the company to learn to ride. Once I got my motorcycle license I took my time to feel comfortable on the road. After about a year of riding my smaller 1970 CL350 I graduated to the W650. Though this is still a “smaller” motor, it certainly is mighty as it’s taken me on many long trips all over the USA.
How has Babes Ride Out and the community impacted your life?: It has been great to see how the event has continued to grow and continues to be such a positive experience for all that attend.
Can you share a favorite memory you have from a Babes Ride Out event?: I loved last years Babes Ride Out in Joshua Tree where I was able to work in our Red Wing Heritage booth. It helped me get out of my shell and speak with the women I may not have not met with any other scenario. Also, before the event started, I was able to camp with my then five month old baby, Dorothy. It was her first time camping and being in the desert and it was magical to see the desert sky through her eyes for the first time.
What is your dream motorcycle trip?: Perhaps when Dotty has grown up and if she has an interest in riding motorcycles it would be great to take a trip with her.
Describe your personal style: This is tricky… working in fashion for about 20 years I have been influenced by so many different people, cities, designers and classic films. I have always worn vintage clothing in some capacity or another (at one point I was working in film and television as a consultant for to ensure period pieces were “period correct”). After moving to Los Angeles from New York City I was constantly inspired by the arid desert landscape and the clothing that is necessary to thrive in this environment. To me, this meant a pair of really good boots and an excellent hat. This has in turn effected my daily style to suit this environment.
How did you first hear about Stetson?: I can’t decide if it was the movie Pillow Talk or the movie Giant that first introduced me to Stetson. In Pillow Talk Rock Hudson plays a fake rancher named Rex Stetson that I believe he made up the name by seeing a Stetson advertisement. In Giant Elizabeth Taylor wears the most amazing Stetson throughout the movie. That hat and the Marfa landscape always stands out in my mind.
How does wearing a hat make you feel?: To me a hat is a completely utilitarian clothing item that by chance can be fashionable as well. I wear my straw Stetsons in the summer to keep my head from getting too hot and to shade my face while in the cooler months a great felt hat keeps me warm. Each hat has a different style that will completely change an outfit with how it is worn and this in turn can make you feel differently as you wear them.
Photo 1: In the Brady Bunch style pictures I am wearing (left to right starting from top row):