byLizzy Youngling| Nov 3, 2017
It’s often said that everything comes back into style eventually. If you live long enough, you’ll most likely see the trends of your youth cycle back into the zeitgeist (it’s actually a phenomenon known as the “cycle of nostalgia”). Just under two years ago, three friends—waxing nostalgic about the velvet and satin braided browbands that graced their ponies’ bridles back in the 1970s and 1980s—decided to do something about it.
The pals joined forces to launch their own equestrian apparel webshop: Get the Gallop, a company inspired by the luxury fashion site, Net-a-Porter. Each woman brought her own unique skillset to the table: two-time Olympian Lisen Bratt Fredricson (who’s also the wife of 2016 Rio Olympic silver and 2017 European Championship individual gold medalist, Peder Fredricson) brought the expertise, entrepreneur Caroline Kanekrans had run businesses before, and digital media guru Louise Hamilton headed up the art direction. The friends began with a simple idea—and one, very striking browband design.
Although the company is based in Sweden, Get the Gallop’s browbands (retailing for 232 kr/$28 USD) are hand-plaited in England using the highest quality leather, velvet, and satin materials. The elegant, sharktooth design is the perfect addition to any bridle—be an international show jumper, a dancing dressage horse, or the chubby (read: adorable) neighborhood pony.
While pre-designed browbands are available online, they are also fully customizable, and new colors are often added to the collection. The combinations are endless and can be ordered to match the show jacket or saddle pad of your choosing.
With free shipping and returns internationally, Get the Gallop’s browbands are quickly gaining a strong following around the world. And, with the likes of Peder Fredricson and John Whitaker sporting the statement pieces on their top mounts, it’s no wonder Get the Gallop is fast becoming an industry tastemaker on its own.
-Photo credits: Thomas Reiner; Instagram.com/getthegallop.
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