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Lea Sabado & Her Stetson

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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

Meet Lea Sabado aka @chillmami!!! We are beyond thankful to have met Lea through this community. She is the unparalleled ruler of the Karaoke DJ world at BRO events! I will never forget basking in two-stroke exhaust  while chasing her on her vintage bike through Washington on a road trip a couple of years ago.  We ended up bonding over our love of dirt and vintage two-stroke bikes. She has a garage full of treasures that would make any collector drool. Lea absolutely nails tomboy style like no other and as a true hat girl; we had to talk to her about her life in Stetson!

Name:  Lea or Chill Mami

Location: San Francisco, CA

Occupation: Tax Wizard / Finance Droid / Coffee Shop Owner / Ford Chillers Club

What kind of bike do you ride? My go-to right now is a ’73 Yamaha RD350 around town. But I am lucky enough to ride a mix between a ’77 Honda CB400f, ’67 Bultaco Metralla, ‘89 Honda GB 500, ’01 Kawi W650, or ’67 Triumph Tiger on road; ’02 Yamaha YZ125 on dirt

Tell us about how you got into riding motorcycles:  I was originally riding 60’s Vespa & Lambretta scooters around San Francisco (and still do!) – it was the easiest way to navigate in such a small, condensed town.  I never wanted to feel solely reliant on public transportation, so I decided to get on two wheels.  Since then, I’ve always had an affinity for 2-stroke machines, and eventually, I transitioned into 2-stroke motorcycles… Viola!

How has Babes Ride Out and the community impacted your life?:  BRO has opened up my world! Even outside of motorcycles! I’ve been riding for years, mostly with my husband & his boys, long before Babes Ride Out was established. BRO is much more than motorcycles and adventure to me.  I’ve built and solidified stronger bonds with my friends through BRO. I’ve been able to explore, immerse, and identify myself around like-minded people in this community. I’m lucky to have not only good friends through BRO, but also a second family.  Super grateful for all friendships and ties I’ve formed over the years, and beyond state lines.  It’s satisfying to know ‘community’ is real and out there if you ever need it. Never alone!  

Can you share a favorite memory you have from a Babes Ride Out event? Damn, that’s a hard one.  All BRO years have been so magical in their own unique way and between Babes Ride Out and Babes in the Dirt, it’s so hard to have a favorite. I want to say my favorite things consistently each year in and out have been Joshua Tree sunrise and sunsets and Hot Rides karaoke.  There is nothing more magical than the vast open desert at sunrise to endless sherbet skies at sunset that stretch from one side of the campground to the end.  And if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see the clarity of the Milky Way at night. 

What is your dream motorcycle trip?  My dream moto trip changes frequently.  I’ve wanted to ride the Pyrenees Mountains to joining up the Normandy Motorcycle Club for their annual war department ride.  I think, now, I’d be at my ultimate happiest when riding dual sports in the backcountries of any foreign country or state.  I’ve done a lot of California, which is downright incredible, and still, I’ve yet to tap into all of California.  If anyone has any suggestions for best dual sport routes, let me know!!! 

Describe your personal style: Tomboy por vida! What’s the generally accepted fashion term? Tomboy chic, I just googled it. To me, it’s a mental attitude and lifestyle for sure. Haha. In all seriousness, I can remember being and dressing like a tomboy since a toddler.  My clothes were essentially hand-me-down’s from my older siblings—primarily oversized t-shirts and button ups with whacky 80s and 90s print, Jordache overalls, a denim jacket, and a pair of high top Nike’s… Shoot, I was wearing “boyfriend jeans” before they were even labeled boyfriend jeans! Hah! Not much has changed. I’m still a creature of comfort and tend to stick to basics.  If I can get on and off my motorcycle to work and play, without compromising comfort, then you can almost always find me wearing overalls (Carhartt and/or Atwyld), plain tee’s, Atwyld All-Time Jacket, and Chuck Taylor’s or riding boots. If I want a touch of femininity, I’ll just accessorize the shit out of my look with a Stetson, a beanie or dad cap, or jewelry. Or, I’ll swap out my shoes with pointed loafers, flats or oxfords.  I also live in San Francisco and the weather pretty much dictates my mood…and outfits.

How did you first hear about Stetson?:  While growing up, my dad always wore hats similar to Indiana Jones and James Bond (Sean Connery style). One hat that he would constantly and consistently wear was a fedora from Stetson. I never really thought about my dad’s hat since then, as I’m not a fan of fedoras, until I met Daryl and Claire from Stetson at BRO3. They had re-introduced Stetson in my life, along with a slew hats in all different types of styles.  That was when…

What drew you to the Greybull and Pinedale?:  I picked up the Greybull and Pinedale hats from Claire and Daryl. Immediately after, I bought the Edgemont and Retro Panama Hat. The Greybull, Pinedale, and Edgemont hats were most appealing to me simply because of the temperamental weather we have in SF.  The hats are not only made with 100% wool, water repellant and crushable, but also well constructed, stylish, versatile, trusty, soft and comfortable, and impervious to all weather conditions. I’ve worn the Greybull in torrential downpour and still managed to have a dry and warm skull. There is a soft stretch inner band that keeps your head comfortable for hours too. Having worn these trusty hats in the city in all different types of climates just confirmed my affinity to Stetson.  And lastly, being from the islands, everyone needs a Panama hat! That thing is timeless, I’m tellin’ ya.   

How does wearing a hat make you feel?:  Hats just give me that extra beat to my step.  I could be having a bad (hair) day and Stetsons (and beanies) are invisible cloaks.  I can’t be without them! They are my number one accessories aside from my rings. I know I don’t NEED anymore hats, but I WANT them all.     

 

 

Katie Sue Weissel and her Stetson

PeopleAnya Violet

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

Meet Katie Sue Weissel! Well, most of you already know her as the the karaoke hostess with the mostess. You've either been kicked off stage or freak danced by Katie Sue at one point or another! Not yet? Well this is your year. Katie Sue has become a permanent fixture at Babes Ride Out and we could not love her more! Her stage presence during karaoke is nothing short of mezmerizing (especially during long instrumentals). She is one of those people that will have you cracking up the majority of the time you're hanging out with her. We caught up with her to talk about why, for her, a Stetson hat is more than just a style accessory. 

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Name: 

Katie Sue Weissel

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Occupation:

Content Maker, professional weirdo

What kind of bike do you ride?

Harley-Davidson Sportster

Tell us about how you got into riding motorcycles:

I got introduced to motorized two wheeled through my close friend/roomate Lea Sabado and her partner (now husband) Andre.  We were room mates living in San Francisco, and at the time I was two-wheels, all the time, but strictly leg-powered bikes.  Lea and Dre were into riding and building mopeds and vintage scooters, and the idea of motorized two-wheel travel was exciting and new for me.  I decided to take the CHP class and see if I liked riding motorcycles, and of course I did. I saved some money and bought myself a 1975 CB 125.  That was over a decade ago. 

I bought my first motorcycle because I wanted something to do on my own.  I wanted to get around faster, go further, and make new friends. I had also just been injured on my bicycle, and so having a motorcycle made getting around the city much easier.  I rode the hell out of that little moto—all over San Francisco, Treasure Island, and up and down the California Coast. Lea and I even founded a girl gang called Hot Rides in 2010.  Eventually, a time came when I wanted more, something bigger, so again, I saved up and bought myself a Sportster so I could go on long distance trips.

How has Babes Ride Out and the community impacted your life?:

Babes has allowed me to meet some of the most incredible and amazing women and friends I’ve ever had.  I know it sounds super cheesy, but it’s true.  For the first time in my life, I feel like I’ve found my tribe of people who, while we are all so different, have the best time together.  Some of the people I’ve met through the Babes Ride Out community are my best friends.  I know I can travel with these people.  I know they’ll stick around when things don’t always go according to plan.  I know they’ll hug me when I cry, then laugh at me until I’m laughing to.  It’s such a special bonding experience. 

I think as an adult woman, it can be hard to make new friends.  When I moved to Los Angeles from San Francisco about two years ago, I was leaving my life and friends behind, and starting on an entirely new adventure.  I had met a lot of acquaintances through Babes, and when I moved, these unicorn ladies that I barely knew made me feel at home in a new town, and now are members of my inner circle of close friends.  Going to Babes, making these connections, meeting people who live across the world has provided a network of rad people who I can meet once, karaoke with, then a year later call up and ask to crash on their couch.  It’s invaluable to me. 

Can you share a favorite memory you have from a Babes Ride Out event?

When we hosted karaoke at Babes in the Dirt last year and I was absolutely blown away with the spectacular talent these women have.  Someone got up and sang Björk’s “It’s Oh So Quiet” and I was stunned.  A rider named Gevin blew my socks off with her rendition of “Welcome to the Jungle” and I feel in love.  It was really fun to see everyone get up and perform for their friends and strangers.  The energy was so positive and fun, it felt very electric.  

What is your dream motorcycle trip?

This is a hard one, because I’m not really sure I have a “Dream” trip.  Across the US?  Dual sports through Alaska?  Riding the perimeter of Australia?  I’d love to ride to Zion, and visit as many National Parks as possible. It all sounds amazing!

Describe your personal style:

My personal style I’d describe as V Chill. Comfortable, laid back, with a touch of flair and fringe.

How did you first hear about Stetson?:

Stetson is a legacy brand that, to me, is synonymous with craftsmanship and western wear.  My dad has a Stetson and has been wearing one on adventures since I was a little kid.

What drew you to the Stetson Gallatin Crushable ?

This hat is my favorite because I can literally crush it. I’m not a delicate person, and I keep destroying other felt or wool hats that I owned. 

Because of my fair skin, and the fact that I’m prone to skin cancer (already had some removed!) I’m that friend who always wears a hat.  I needed one that would provide sun protection as well as look great and travel well.  And this has been it for me.  I’ve traveled all over the world with this hat – from the Sierra Nevada mountains, to the beaches of Australia and it’s held its shape, and provided infinite style. The hats are super quality and I get compliments on mine wherever I go!

How does wearing a hat make you feel?:

Protected, chill, and happy. 

 

 

Jenny Czinder and her Stetson

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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

Meet Jenny Czinder!

Jenny has been coming to Babes Ride Out events since before we even knew it was an event. Yep, she camped in the dirt with us a few miles down that dirt road in Borrego Springs back in October 2013. Jenny has a personal style that is as diverse as the the roads she has ridden. We recently caught up with Jenny to ask her why Stetson is a crucial part to her style.

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Photo by Claire Sheprow

Photo by Claire Sheprow

Name: Jenny Czinder

Location: Portland, OR

Occupation: Co-founder & Marketing Director of Strange Vacation

What kind of bike do you ride? 2012 Harley Davidson Nightster

Tell us about how you got into riding motorcycles:

I got my endorsement 5 years ago, after spending some time on the back of my boyfriend’s bike and before I knew any other women that rode. It just seemed way more thrilling to be in control of the bike and I wanted to experience that.

How has Babes Ride Out and the community impacted your life?

I attended the very first Babes in Borrego and it was the first time I’d ever been amongst that many women who rode motorcycles. I think there were like 50 of us at that first campout? I made some new friends that have since turned into family. It was magic. And every year since the same thing happens - new friends turning into best friends.

In addition to connecting with other like minded women, the community of women motorcyclists inspired me & my biz partner Kelly to start Strange Vacation.

It gives me chills thinking about the past few years since that first campout in Borrego. Who would have thought this is where we’d all be now - surrounded by an ever-growing number of positive, empowered women!!

Can you share a favorite memory you have from a Babes Ride Out event?

Gah, there are so many it’s hard to pick just one. One that sticks out in my mind, is from Babes in Borrego, when I met Corinne Lan Franco. It’s an important memory because she’s now someone super special to me. Corinne came up to me at Babes in Borrego and asked to photograph the back of my sweatshirt because the graphic was ever so perfectly covered in dirt. I explained to her that earlier, when it was tied around my waste, it had come undone while I was peeing and fell into my stream. Since it was wet everything was sticking to it - mud, tumble weeds, campfire smoke. I didn’t give a fuck so I just kept wearing it. Gross huh? Anyway, we’ve been close ever since.

What is your dream motorcycle trip?

I’d love to go on a ride with the Wu Tang Clan.

Describe your personal style:

My style is all over the place. I just wear what feels comfortable in the moment. Sometimes that might mean I’m half naked or rockin an overside sweatshirt and sweats, other times I might be entirely leather clad with lots of jewelry and my Stetson.

How did you first hear about Stetson?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know about Stetson ;)

What drew you to the The Signature Hat?

If figure, if I’m gonna rock a Stetson I might as well go big or go home. Which is why I love ‘the Signature’ Stetson hat. It was designed in collaboration with Tasya Van Ree, a talented photographer, artist and style icon. The hat is taller than most and has a super wide brim. I typically trend towards black but something drew me to white, I think because it makes it even more of a statement piece.

How does wearing a hat make you feel?

When I wear my Stetson I feel stylish and sophisticated.

Jennifer E McCann and Her Stetson

PeopleAnya Violet

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.

1: Legendary Collection 3x Calvary Hat  2: 100x Straw Shantung Rancher Cowboy Hat  3: Customized vintage Black Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt  4: Customized vintage Chocolate Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt  5: 6X Tom Mix in Silverbelly  6: 6X Tom Mix in Silverbelly  7: Buffalo Collection “Amish” 4X Buffalo Felt  8: Dotty in Stetson Hankercheif and my Vintage Black Rancher

1: Legendary Collection 3x Calvary Hat

2: 100x Straw Shantung Rancher Cowboy Hat

3: Customized vintage Black Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt

4: Customized vintage Chocolate Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt

5: 6X Tom Mix in Silverbelly

6: 6X Tom Mix in Silverbelly

7: Buffalo Collection “Amish” 4X Buffalo Felt

8: Dotty in Stetson Hankercheif and my Vintage Black Rancher

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):

 

3 month pregnant me on Jenny Linquist’s bike at Babes Ride Out 2015 wearing my customized vintage Chocolate Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt- Taken by Heidi Zumbrum

3 month pregnant me on Jenny Linquist’s bike at Babes Ride Out 2015 wearing my customized vintage Chocolate Rancher 4X Beaver Fur Felt- Taken by Heidi Zumbrum

 

 

Nathalie Kossek & Her Stetson

PeopleAnya Violet

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

Our moto community is filled with talented and interesting people that constantly keep us inspired. Meet Nathalie Kossek! Nathalie has been coming to Babes Ride Out events for years now. We have always loved the beautiful way she captures people and places through her photography.

There are many things that make your personal style yours. Nathalie's style is almost always topped off with the iconic Stetson Tom Mix hat and we had to catch up with her to find out when she fell in love with riding motorcycles and wearing Stetsons.  

Name: Nathalie Kossek

Location: Los Angeles

Occupation: photographer + graphic designer

What kind of bike do you ride?

2014 Triumph Bonneville t100 SE

Tell us about how you got into riding motorcycles:

My dad always had a motorcycle and I loved riding on the back of it. I remember he would take me on short little trips around our town back in Ohio. When I got older I worked on a farm and messed around on atvs and little dirt bikes but nothing on the roads. When I moved to LA, I saw this motorcycle community growing larger and larger and I really wanted to be a part of it. I’ve never really been one to wait on others to live my life, so I went ahead and got my license and bought a really sh*tty bike that always broke down. I miss that first bike, but I sold it for a down payment on a bike that actually worked! It’s been such an investment and I’ve been rather in love ever since.

How has Babes Ride Out and the community impacted your life?:

I came to the second one and i was so excited to have the previously mentioned bike all fixed and ready to go. Literally, as I pulled out of my driveway, the bike died. Nothing, not even a pathetic engine start. I was so sad that my journey was going to be cut short. I was contemplating on just staying home, but I chucked my stuff off my bike and into my car and I drove out that year. I knew seriously NO ONE — not a soul. I thought it would be very standoffish and filled with girl squads already assembled. Luckily a lot of girls were in the same boat and were so kind, nice and hung out with me all weekend. I made some really great relationships that weekend, and have been to every one since. I get so excited for that weekend to come up because I get to see everyone in one place, riding together. It’s absolute fun and I feel like I get to ride Joshua Tree in a different way every time.

Can you share a favorite memory you have from a Babes Ride Out event?

Besides Jamie Charles somehow wrangling 60+ girls on the BRO stage to sing and dirty dance to “Pony” by Ginuwine? Well, my photo spirit animal, Genevieve Davis, and I took a little midnight trip through the park to take some long exposure star photos. It was a really magical ride going through the park at night with all the stars above you and a bit of Lord Huron playing in my ear. Also, Idyllwyld is a beautiful ride I did last year that made me feel like I went through four different seasons/ecosystems in one go.

What is your dream motorcycle trip?

Is everywhere a good answer? I took my first solo trip last year to Moab, Utah (for Motos in Moab) and that was exhausting, exhilarating and daunting all rolled into one. It really opened my eyes to possibilities. But seriously, I’ve dreamt of going down to Patagonia from LA. I’ve dreamt of going cross country from coast to coast. I think going across my home country of Canada would be amazing as well. Perhaps this year will be the year for one of those.

Describe your personal style:

You know what, I always try to define this one, and it never really works. It paralyzes me more than liberates me. I really don’t know. I can tell you that I have an obsession with vintage t-shirts and a good pair of black jeans. You can’t have enough black or enough ripped, paper-thin tees in your arsenal. I’m really inspired by people like Stevie Knicks, Hendrix, Bowie, Chloë Sevigny, Erin Wasson, Bardot, Janice Joplin, Patti Smith, Diane Keaton and more. I like those “Roman Candles” who didn’t/don’t really feel like they need to be defined by the clothes that they wore — they just “were”. Their clothes just became an extension of what was inside… and most were consistently evolving.

I guess not really having an “aesthetic” in a world that is so dependent on it (have you been on this thing called Instagram?) confuses some people. I like to wear what I like — sometimes it’s a tattered tee with moto boots and sometimes it’s a floor-length dress with 4 inch platforms. Really depends on my mood and the person I feel like that day.

But for all intents and purposes… right now, it’s feminine rock. :)

Oh, and always have big hair. Always.

How did you first hear about Stetson?:

I heard about Stetson when I was around 7. I was obsessed with horses and from that age until about 17 I rode western and english - competing in things like barrel racing to jumping. I volunteered from 15-17 leading trail rides and herding the horses into the stalls in the morning. All the ranch hands had Stetsons and I so badly wanted one. Having one made you an “official” respected ranch hand.

What drew you to the Tom Mix?

I picked out the “Tom Mix” because it’s one of the largest hats I’ve ever seen. I actually had them flatten out the brim at the shop to make it wider and added the feather to make it more my own. I plan on getting a great band for it soon, just waiting for the right one. I remember walking past a window in Seattle and literally walking backwards, backtracking to the display where my hat was sitting. I knew right then, I found my forever hat. I’m going to be buried in this thing.

How does wearing a hat make you feel?:

It makes me feel like my look is complete. I just really love a good accessory and especially one that not a lot of people feel like they can pull off. Which is silly… you should just do what you want and enjoy life; it’s just a hat. But then again, it’s not. You can be really pulled into a different world and character by what you wear. I feel like a lot of people stare when they see this hat, which I sort of really enjoy. Why not!? Harry Winston said, “People will stare. Make it worth their while.”

Sally Lyndley & Her Stetson

PeopleAnya Violet

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

When I first saw Sally Lyndley in her Tom Mix Stetson hat dressed head to toe in her moto leathers I took a few steps backward in awe. This is a woman that knows style more than the average Jane, having worked as a fashion stylist for several years. This particular look was so rad that I immediately pulled her aside to ask her about her hat. We recently caught up with Sally to ask her more about her favorite moto adventures, style, and her love for Stetson. See you at Babes Ride Out East Coast Sally!!!

Name: Sally Lyndley

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Occupation: Fashion Stylist

What kind of bike do you ride? 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King Custom & 2000 Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster customized into a scrambler

Tell us about how you got into riding motorcycles: After 2000 miles on the back of my boyfriend's rigid shovelhead chopper, I knew I needed to get my own bike.  I met Ashmore Ellis at Born Free in Cali and she told me about Babes Ride Out.  Made a promise to myself then and there to get my license for BRO 2013 Joshua Tree. Been riding like a maniac ever since.

How has Babes Ride Out and the community impacted your life? When I attended my first BRO in 2013, I had my license and had bought my 883 Sportster but I wasn’t able to ride it to Joshua Tree.  So I went in my truck.  I thought the ladies would be bitchy with me because I wasn’t riding. Quite the opposite!! Every babe was so rad! I learned so much about my bike, safety and riding that weekend in 2013. I met so many awesome women!! I have never been friends with girls in my life.  And now after being apart of the BRO community, these women have become my best friends! Finally found my tribe!!! So many smart ladies in awesome successful lives from all walks of life.  I love it.  I get emotional riding into the Babes Ride Out Events, overwhelmingly happy.  It’s like babe moto summer camp every time! 

Can you share a favorite memory you have from a Babes Ride Out event? Dancing to the Prince cover band this past year was EPIC.  Especially because it came after an awesome day of riding with my best girlfriends!!  The riding at Babes East Coast was breathtaking too! Super awesome memories of flying through the mountains of Pennsylvania with one of my best friends to get to Babes East Coast.  That trip will go down in history for me.  

What is your dream motorcycle trip? Well, my boyfriend and I have started to plan to ride in every country in the world.  That’s our dream.  First, we will hit Morocco on dirt bikes, next Bali to see the Deus crew and surf too and then I am dying to ride Thailand.  We will cover the globe slowly but surely on whatever bikes we can get our hands on. 

Describe your personal style:  Right now, Space Cowgirl.  My personal style changes on a regular basis.  Space Cowgirl is what I am feeling for now, probably will change next year though.  Or maybe this theme will stick.  Atwyld is my go to riding gear, which I love, and it’s super clean and modern looking.  I add the cowgirl with western accessories, like my beaded big buckle belt, ankle or full cowboy boots and my cowboy hat.  My Texas upbringing is influencing my style for the first time ever.  I have avoided the cowboy look all of my life, because growing up in Texas, I was a punk and didn’t want anything to do with my heritage. Now I am obsessed with it.  So funny how that works!

How did you first hear about Stetson? Welllllll..... I have grown up with Stetson.  Stetson IS the uniform for real cowboys.  Stetson hats are the best!  Totally legit. I was born and raised in Garland, Texas where they still hand make their hats.  I wore a Stetson in the high school talent show when I,2 stepped danced. 

What drew you to the Tom Mix? Years ago, I bought a Stetson 10X Straw Cowboy hat with the taco roll I still love and wear to this day when my BF hasn’t stolen it. It’s my summer hat. Then my other everyday go to is the Tom Mix in silver belly.  That is my JAM.  I love it so much I ordered it in black last week too.  I am really tall and the Tom Mix is a giant hat so the proportion fits me perfectly.  These hats from Stetson are so beautifully made, still handmade in my home town!! So rad.  Tom Mix was the “King of Cowboys” mega star actor from 1909-1935 who helped create the Western genre in film.  He discovered John Wayne. He made 291 silent films, total legend.  He was an expert shooter, horseman and roper, the real deal. He was a pallbearer at Wyatt Earp’s funeral.  He was an honorary Texas Ranger.   When he got bored with Hollywood, he joined the circus performing cowboy stunts.  My obsession with the man is real.  So it’s an honor to sport the hat Stetson made for him.  Stoked Stetson is still making this iconic style! 

How does wearing a hat make you feel? Like a Space Cowgirl.  A proud Space Cowgirl. Whenever I wear my Tom Mix Stetson so many people of all types come up to ask me about it.   It’s fun to tell people about the hat and it’s heritage and the look is so rad.  My Tom Mix looks like it could be straight from the Givenchy runway too.  I also love that Stetson is a nod to my heritage. Super important to me.   The Tom Mix is definitely part of my uniform now.  I feel naked without it. I am customizing a tour pack for my Road King to hold my hat on moto trips now!