In 2009 I obtained my Nevada Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit and became a certified NRA Pistol Instructor in 2010. At that time, I started looking for clothing that would assist me in concealing a compact firearm. I wanted fashionable and feminine clothes to wear that were also tactical. I searched the internet and retail stores and was not able to find clothing that is covert and tactical, yet fashionable and feminine. Those two concepts had not been combined to produce concealed carry clothing for women. There are just a few items on the market for women that are take downs from men’s items.
Because I did not have any knowledge in fashion design, I enlisted my friend Julene Franklin to design a concealed carry shirt for women.My career has been in the business world.In 1989 I graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. I have been an Accountant for 23 years and held a Nevada CPA license for 20 years. Julene has an Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Trades from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor of Science from Texas Women’s University, Denton Texas, with a double major in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising. She has spent her career in the fashion industry and has over 25 years of experience as a designer and production manager. She has designed lines that have been sold in small boutiques and major department stores.
I discussed my idea with Julene and she immediately sketched out a shirt that was exactly what I had in mind. Julene designed a concealed carry shirt with hidden pockets that was fashionable and functional taking an idea from a concept to a prototype. Within a few months our company Silver State Apparel was formed.
Julene will provide the expertise in the design and production of the clothing line using all her creativity and I will provide the operational and financial management using my business experience. We are both excited to make our clothing available to all the women who are looking for another way to comfortably carry a firearm while remaining fashionable.