Burns: 145 Years and Going Strong

As 2021 enters its final month, we’re reflecting on our 145th year in business. We’re the oldest, same family-owned western retail business in the world, so we thought it was worth taking a peek into our past with a mindful eye to the future. It’s survived 25 presidents, two world wars, a Great Depression and Recession and much, much more. When it first launched, horses and trains were how people got around and today, people are catapulting into space asRead more

Give Thanks: A Cowboy-inspired Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving. It’s the one holiday that’s managed to escape the mania. Yes – there’s still Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but before all the madness begins, there’s time to savor some quiet time with loved ones and to think about the things that really count. Let this Thanksgiving season be a time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. Whether you’re getting ready for a feast on the open range or looking forward to a cozier cabin-likeRead more

White Buffalo

Some people call it making medicine – the process of following your heart, creating something magical, powerful, and fulfilling. That is what saddle making and leather working is to Lisa and Loren Skyhorse.  The couple has focused their artistic efforts on riding saddles for forty years now which makes them experts in their field. The White Buffalo saddle is just one in their Collection series.  You can see how Lisa’s artwork expands on the over-sized fender and the seamless seatRead more

Holiday Traditions

Here at Burns we have been pondering the holiday season, reminiscing about our own holiday traditions.  But what is a tradition?  The definition states it is the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.  American history tends to lean on holiday traditions from all over the world, in turn, becoming a melting pot where all nations and traditions blend together.  We have carols from England and Australia andRead more

Burns and The Sundance Kid

On November 9, 2013, Burns had the great privilege of participating in “The Governor’s Salute to Robert Redford”, a gala that attracted such dignitaries as Sen. Orrin Hatch, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, and people from Utah’s business and artistic communities. Several weeks prior to this event, the Governor’s office contacted Burns with the idea to create a one-of-a-kind buckle that captured the essence of Utah and honored Redford, a collector of intricate trophy buckles.  Redford’s Sundance Film FestivalRead more