Kacey Musgraves is performing at the Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 4, but that’s not the only big news surrounding the Grammy-winning country star this week. She just made her first foray into fashion design, launching a collection of women’s cowboy boots for Texas-based heritage boot brand Lucchese, available now at lucchese.com. Starting at $329, the line offers three styles that let you score some of the singer-songwriter’s casual-cool country style for yourself.
Kicking her design career off with a line of Western-inspired footwear was a move that made sense, Musgraves told InStyle when we caught up with her over the phone last week. “I grew up in Texas, so cowboy boots have always been a huge staple in my life,” she said. “I’ve worn them for as long as I can remember, so I jumped at the chance to design them myself.”
The new collection incorporates elements of Musgraves’s personal style, including her love of classic designs with an aged appeal. “I love wearing vintage boots and vintage clothes,” she said. And from the first time that she visited Lucchese’s factory in El Paso, Texas, Musgraves knew that she was meant to collaborate with the brand. “Dreaming up the possibilities while looking at all of the fabrics and threads was so much fun,” she said, adding that "It was astounding to see the hand-detailing that goes into each pair of boots.” That's why they’re a worthy investment, according to the star. “They really do last forever,” she said. Here, Musgraves walks you through each of the three styles that she designed for the collection.
The Golden Arrow ($399)
“This style is named after my hometown, Golden, Texas,” said Musgraves. “It’s very influenced by the boots from the ‘50s that I wear on stage, and I love that the gold accents are really simple." But even the style's smaller details are packed with meaning. Not only is the boot named after Musgraves’s hometown, but it’s also a nod to her 2014 CMA Song of the Year, "Follow Your Arrow." Musgraves explains: “The arrow is a symbol that has done so much for my career, so we put it on the side of the boot in metallic gold.” And while they do pack a bit of shine, this style is meant to be a neutral option for any occasion. “These go with everything,” said Musgraves. “They’re such a classic shape that you can dress them up or down. I would pair them with jeans or a little black dress.”
The Gallop ($349)
“I’ve always been really into horses and horseback riding, so that’s what inspired this boot,” said Musgraves of the tall suede equestrian style. “I love that it has fringe down the side, and it has a definite ‘70s vibe.” Plus, it's the only boot in the collection that comes in two shades: bridle brown and dusty pink. "It's perfect for fall," said Musgraves. "I would wear it with skinny jeans and a big sweater.”
The Monterey ($329)
“This one is named after Monterey, Mexico,” said Musgraves. “My boyfriend and his family are from there, so I’ve visited a lot. I was really inspired by the bright colors, culture, food, and music.” Describing the ankle-boot style as "really funky," Musgraves chose to cover the shaft in serape fabric. "It looks like the print of a Mexican blanket, which I've always been really drawn to," she said. "It's been a huge trend lately, so I wanted to include it." The boldness of the boot is Musgraves's favorite part. “This style has a young and fun appeal," she said. "I think that it would look adorable with a dress and tights, but I also picture it being really cute paired with a plain white tank, denim shorts, and a ton of turquoise jewelry.”