, 2022-09-27 13:00:00,
“I didn’t grow up on a ranch; I don’t know how to ride a horse,” he says in an interview with Phoenix New Times on September 15 at Cave + Post Trading Co. “I grew up playing music.”
After starting to play drums as a kid and getting into classic rock, he noticed a lot of the musicians wore Western shirts. “George Harrison on Abbey Road wore a Western shirt,” Wetta notes of the late Beatles guitarist.
When Wetta tried to emulate his idols, though, it wasn’t easy.
“I’d find these great vintage shirts in these thrift shops from the ’70s,” he says, “but I felt like there weren’t any brands today making them with the same look and vibe and style as these old vintage shirts. So that was the seed of the idea.”
Wetta adds, “These are such cool shirts and they originate from the culture here,” though he was disappointed that it’s rare to find any made in the U.S.
The love of the Western look and the goal of preserving iconic American fashion led Wetta to start his own company, West Major, in 2019. The shirts are cut and sewn in the U.S. with top-quality fabric imported from around the world.
“There are virtually no fabric mills left” in this country, Wetta explains. “The long-long-term pipe dream vision is to build our own factory here in the Southwest and eventually mill our own…
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