What we call “southwestern style” no longer belongs to the southwest. Take a lap through any department store, or for that matter any mall, in America and you’ll be sure to find everything from beacon printed overshirts, to moccasin style loafers, to densely patterned “Navajo” blankets. Once unmistakable signs of authentic southwestern style, these garments now bear “Made in China” labels, faux vintage patina, and questionable quality.
Yet, the question remains, what is happening to the actual southwest? That answer lies in a visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Shiprock Gallery, a shop that’s as authentic as it is innovative. Founded by Jed Foutz a fifth generation art dealer over two decades ago, Shiprock is a modern extension of Jed’s family’s heritage as traders on a Navajo reservation. The gallery deftly places that well-known trading post style alongside an eclectic selection of wares from across not just the region, but also the world.