Jim & Bobbi Jean Bell
Purveyors of OutWest Shop
Who Are Those Guys?
We are passionate about the American West. The truth and the myth. We are Purveyors of Fine Western Goods. We scout for unique and distinctive apparel, accessories, home décor, and general merchandise that are a reflection of Western and Equestrian lifestyle. We hunt for artisans and craftsmen who are inspired, to create “decorative art you can wear” based on their own love for the story of the West. We round it up and bring it to you.
As husband and wife, we have more than 55 years of retail experience in apparel, accessories, home décor, and jewelry. For several years Bobbi Jean was on staff at the Autry Museum working directly with visitors and curatorial staff. During her years there she was involved in the operation of Visitor Services and the Museum Store. She never stopped learning and appreciating the history and culture of the American West. The Autry's collections are world class and the exhibits spellbinding.
In the store she encouraged visitors to try on, touch, and feel items that were similar to the ones on display. Feel the warmth of a capote (blanket coat) or weight of a mountain man buckskin coat, try on an exquisite Bohlin or don a handsomely embroidered shirt like Gene or Roy wore, sweep on a fringed fancy dance shawl or slip on a fabulous turquoise necklace similar to the ones in the museum's Native American collection and be transported to another time and place.
The years at the Autry Museum exposed us to the complicated, compelling, and engaging history of the West and we found that this was our life's calling. Hence, OutWest was born! Launched in late 2007 as an on-line Western boutique, then with a "by appointment only" charming location in Pasadena, and finally on the National Day of the Cowboy 2009 we opened our "brick and mortar" store in Old Town Newhall, (L photo)
Today, OutWest is an online only retail venue, located in Albuquerque, NM. We are as dedicated to curating unique and special merchandise collections as ever. Community outreach arts programing continues with the SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series and online radio programs - Campfire Cafe & Saddle Up America on Equestrian Legacy Network and The Writer's Block on LA Talk Radio.
Supporters of Live Music Events and Western Music
Our love for Western music runs deep. OutWest hosts live in-store music events on a regular basis. Award winning musicians Eli Barsi and Joni Harms, and poet Doris Daley kicked off The OutWest Concert Series in 2009.
Taking the stage in 2010 we were honored to host a wide variety of performers including The Driftwood Reunion Band, Skeeter Mann and the Lost Canyon Rangers, Nathan McEuen with Scott Gates, Women on the Move Trio, Gary Allegretto, Juni Fisher, Eli Barsi, Jason "Buck" Corbett, John Bergstrom, Richard Lee Cody and Mary Kaye, and Ray Doyle. Many of these concerts were filmed by our local cable channel SCVTV and you can watch these fun, intimate concert events here, or go directly to SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series. From there, choose the concert you want to watch from the drop down menu.
One of the musical highlights of 2010 was the live performance and new CD Release Party of our good friends The Tumbling Tumbleweeds. They called OutWest their "official sponsor and outfitters," when named winners of the 2008 Academy of Western Artists Western Music Duo/ Group of the Year and the Western Music Association's 2008 Crescendo Award honoring new talent.
2009-17 Community Partner of Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
You may have met us "on the road" as we take our store and set up at major Western events like the 2017 Buckaroo Book Shop at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. (photo to to the right is from 2009 with authors Petrine Mitchum, Holly George-Warren and Western designer Amy Hoban.) Check out our calendar of outreach events, interviews, and off-site events on the OutWest Events page. To stay informed about the latest Western fashions, books, music, and OutWest planned special activities complete the form at Contact Us to receive our electronic updates, The OutWest Scout.
Enjoy episodes of "SCV Newsmaker of the Week" filmed by SCVTV about the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and The Buckaroo Book Shop
- Filmed March 9, 2010 Host Leon Worden interviews Festival Director, Michael Fleming and Bobbi Jean Bell of OutWest. Click here.
- Filmed March 29, 2011 Host Leon Worden interviews Andree Walper of the City of Santa Clarita Staff and Bobbi Jean Bell. Click here
Listen to live radio interviews and podcasts of the weekly radio programs co-hosted by OutWest's Bobbi Jean Bell:
Campfire Cafe & Saddle Up America on Equestrian Legacy Radio
OutWest Hour on KUPR 99.9 FM Low Frequency Radio Placitas, NM
The Writer's Block Radio Show on LA Talk Radio
Enjoy SCVTV Presents the OutWest Concert Series, live music performances filmed by our terrific community media company, SCVTV.
In this photo, (L-R) Kristyn Harris, Gency Brown, Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell, "The Outlaw"- Jessie Robertson, "Miss Devon"- Devon Dawson." Thanks to Leon Worden and the SCVTV team, we bring live music into your home!
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