Fort Lonesome is a design-forward custom western wear and chain-stitch embroidery studio based in Austin, TX.  We work collaboratively with our clients to create works that capture the stories of their wearers, in an effort to create pieces that slowly and carefully consider the symbiosis of art, narrative, and technician-ship. Our process is led by considerations of necessity and sustainability, and our designs are inspired by the natural world and its visible and invisible energies.





Company founder Kathie Sever began working in western wear in 2000.  She found herself spending a fair amount of time returning to her attempts to rebuild and make functional a hundred-year-old chainstitch embroidery machine she’d purchased.  These machines have a legacy of connectedness with much of western wear’s most famous tailors.  At that time, information about or mentors in the use of these machines was near to nil, so the learning curve was long and slow.  But after many years of tinkering and communicating with some far-away fellow comrades, the gifts these machines, and their ability to confer the energy and individualism of their operators, resulted in the birth of Fort Lonesome in the fall of 2012.

In the coming months and years the team at Fort Lonesome grew to include first Dana Falconberry, then soon after, Christina Hurt Smith and Amrit Khalsa, each of whom brought to the table strong backgrounds in diverse art and design, and whose collaborative approach to working together grew into a shared aesthetic and style.

Since then the company has continued to evolve and grow, but slowly and always with the intention of pushing the boundaries of this long lost art form.

Read more about Kathie and Ft. Lonesome:







Kathie Sever 
Christina Smith
Amrit Khalsa
Bekah Dubose

Michelle Devereux

What's the last thing you ate?  string cheese

What's your favorite writing utensil?  Crystal Bics

What color is your aura?  neon brown

What's your theme song? The same one as Night Court 

Who'd play you in the movie?  Owen Wilson

Fantasy mode of transportation?  Pizza Hover board

WWF moniker?  Hero or villain?  Danger “Rabies Bag” Devereux, Villain

What's the title of your memoir?  What a Semi-Brief Ordinary Trip It’s Been

What's your favorite bank holiday?  Is Groundhog Day a bank holiday?

Brian Allmand

Whats the last thing you ate? A taco

What's your favorite writing utensil? Mechanical pencil

What color is your aura? Pink

What's your theme song? "20th Century Man" The Kinks

Who'd play you in the movie? Thomas Hayden Church

Fantasy mode of transportation? Riding on Jeff Bezos back

WWF moniker? Hero or Villain? Burly Bomber. Villian to technocrats hero to the serfs.

What's the title of your memoir? "What do you want from me."

What's your favorite bank holiday? Thanksgiving