Cavender’s has become the go-to western wear retailer with a reach spanning 8 states. They stand apart from others in the industry in more ways than one. Still owned and operated by the Cavender family, their roots are sunk deep in the western lifestyle. This allows them to get a feel for what their customers want and they have not forgotten their humble beginnings.
In 1957, Oklahoma native James R. Cavender opened a little burger joint called the Dairy Hart in the small East Texas town of Pittsburg. After years of this, James had grown tired of dipping ice cream and flipping hamburgers and decided to open a clothing store “Cavender & Smith’s.” A year later, James bought out his partner and being a farm boy with an agriculture degree from Oklahoma State (then Oklahoma A&M), he bought three styles of Tony Lama boots. History was now in the making at the renamed “Cavender’s.”
By the mid-seventies, there were 5 Cavender’s stores. In 1983, Cavender's began its trek across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and in 1986 opened its first of 11 Houston stores. Today Cavender’s is distinguished within the industry as a western tradition with more than 70 stores, an online store and around 1,700 employees. You can find 48 Cavender’s stores in Texas and the rest in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.
Cavender’s is truly a family operation. The business is led by James’ eldest son, Joe who serves as president. His brothers, Mike and Clay are also involved – Mike is in charge of site selection, and Clay oversees store design and merchandising. Their father and company founder, James,is still active and involved, as is their mother, Pat, who still decorates all new and remodeled stores. Her diligence and attention to detail helps ensure that customer’s experience the signature western style in each store.
Combine a little of the old west with a lot of the new, and you’ll find Cavender’s offering the latest and most affordable styles in western wear. The Cavender family owns and operates five working ranches throughout Texas and they gather inspiration for their products saying they are “ranch tested.” Cavender’s stores carry work wear, classic western styles, the latest trends in ladies and men’s fashion, accessories, home décor and of course, boots!
Cavender’s is the world’s largest retailer of handcrafted boots, carrying a selection offered nowhere else. Choose from the finest leathers by brands such as Ariat, Justin, Lucchese, Tony Lama and many others.
Along with the most popular footwear, you’ll find the latest styles in jeans, shirts, outerwear, jewelry and accessories. If you’re looking for a new hat, the symbol of the American West, you are sure to find the perfect one at Cavender’s. They take great pride in supplying a large selection, including felt, straw, and palm leaf styles for folks of all ages, from brands such as Stetson, Resistol, Rodeo King, and more.
You’ll find a huge selection of men’s jeans from Rock & Roll Cowboy, Cinch, Ariat, and Wrangler. Women’s jeans, shorts and skirts are from Miss Me, Grace in LA, Rock & Roll Cowgirl, and more. You’re sure to be pleased with the styles, selection, quality, durability and value.
Customer service is top priority, and a diverse line of apparel pleases everyone looking to enjoy a piece of the western lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for mainstream western apparel or just sticking to a traditional look, Cavender’s has you covered from head to toe.
Cavender’s is located on I-40 between Rockwell and MacArthur (6339 SW 3rd Street). Store hours are Monday thru Saturday from 9am to 9pm and Sunday noon to 6pm. For more information call the store, 405-789-0981 or visit www.Cavenders.com.
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