Gifts Celebrating the Horse

Designed by Equestrian Artists

What is L. Lavone

An Equestrian lifestyle brand focused on bringing luxury gifts and accessories to the marketplace for the most discerning of horse loving individuals. Our company launched with a line of elegant equestrian scarves created in Como, Italy featuring striking art by artists that love the beauty and strength of the horse. Silk screened for vibrant color saturation using the traditional method of Italian craftsmen in Lombardy. The scarves are packaged in sophisticated black and white boxes and are intended to be collectible and wearable pieces treasured for years to come by equestrian and fashionista alike. Like our scarves our wood ringside grooming totes are works of art. Made in the USA of all hand selected exotic woods they are the most stylish accessory you could bring to the show ring.  Check back often we are adding and changing our product offerings all the time.

Arriving online and in stores for the holiday season of 2014.

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More About L. Lavone’s Offerings

L. Lavone Dresses Up for Season at the WEF Show Grounds

Sport Your Scarf at the Show With the help of young rider Chloe Hatch L. Lavone is thrilled to show off a few ideas for styling your Il Salto scarves at the beautiful Palm Beach International Equestrian Center show grounds in Wellington, Florida. These looks are a fun way to dress up you basic horse show wear either at the show or when you venture off the grounds.   Wear it with your White We love the idea of throwing a brightly colored scarf on with your horse show basics of head to toe white. Nothing says chic like a pop of color added to all white or even the basic hunter garb of tan breeches and a conservative show shirt. Even if the scarf is just looped around your neck or helping to cover up some helmet hair, the addition of Il Salto makes boring show clothes very fashionable.     Gorgeous in Gold The beautiful Gold variation of Il Salto pairs beautiful with a taupe colored leather jacket that is the perfect weight for the mild winters of Palm Beach. Orange and gold are everywhere this season in high fashion from accessories to outerwear. The gold and bright orange of the silk scarf is a perfect complement to Chloe’s hair color and it helps lighten up the look of her black quilted barn jacket for Florida.     Perfect in Pink Il Salto, The Leap, in the navy and pink variation is just as chic as its gold counterpart. The Pink is a more playful choice. When combined with a navy show coat the bright pop of...

Creating Our Ringside Totes

L. Lavone owner Michelle Donn knew there was only one company to approach about bringing her ideas for a beautiful grooming tote to life and that was Braly Woodwoorking. Braly is family owned and operated boutique, artisan wood shop in California, run by husband and wife team of Hugh and Mary Braly. Braly has specialized in the art of fine woodworking for almost two decades. The company is dedicated to creating products of superior quality, beauty and longevity. And Michelle having worked with them in the past on tack trunks and other equestrian items knew that their work was flawless. The collaboration started with a phone call to Mary and the exchange of a number of sketches between Hugh and Michelle so that they could work out ideas on the first two L. Lavone designs. Michelle is in love with all the beautiful herringbone inlays that are showing up everywhere in home furnishing right now.  Michelle also wanted to use a corresponding color palette of dark and lighter browns that is traditional but without it being boring. Thus the idea for the Herringbone Ringside Tote was born.  Hugh on the other hand wanted to show something softer and less traditional maybe even a little funky. He embraced the wild pattern of the quilted maple and paired it with exotic natural colored woods for his design of the Wave Ringside Tote. As the totes took shape Michelle, Mary and Hugh were all excited to see just how wonderful they were going to be when complete.  Hugh is truly an artist and Mary was quick to let Michelle know about the...

Meet: Exceptional Equestrian

Meet one of the retailers that is selling L. Lavone scarves, Exceptional Equestrian a mobile store traveling across most of the USA. At it’s core, Exceptional Equestrian is a mobile Equestrian Lifestyle boutique that travels across the greater part of the country to bring horse show goers a concentrated collection of high-quality and highly coveted apparel and accessories. Owned and passionately operated by Cindy Lay, Exceptional Equestrian carries a wide variety of both equestrian and non-equestrian brands. Customers can explore the latest lines from big-name brands like Asmar Equestrian, Equiline, Goode Rider; Kingsland Equestrian, San Soleil and Le Fash. However, they will also find unique collections from lesser-known vendors like Fior da Liso, Dimacci, Sarm Hippique and Patricia Green. As someone who is as excited about fashion trends as her consumers, Cindy is always eager to add the latest and greatest items to her boutique. Carrying beautiful and fashionable items like the exquisite L. Lavone scarves is what Exceptional Equestrian is all about!   The Exceptional Equestrian mobile itinerary is as follows: October 29-November 2 : Texas Rose Horse Park, Dallas Harvest [H/J] Tyler, TX November 5-9 : Great SW Equestrian Center, Great SW Autumn Classic [H/J] Katy, TX November 12-16 : Great SW Equestrian Center, PJCP Final Chase [H/J] Katy, TX December 3-7 : Exacto Stadium, Thanksgiving Show [H/J] Waco, TX December 10-14 : Exacto Stadium, Christmas Show [H/J] Waco, TX January 13-March 15 : HITS Thermal [H/J] Thermal, CA March 18-22 : WestWorld, Scottsdale Spring [H/J] Scottsdale, AZ Cindy with Fior da Liso mastermind Lotte Schockemohle at the SPOGA international equestrian trade show this fall. JJ Atkinson...

Il Salto – The Leap

L. Lavone is proud to release the first photos of our inaugural equestrian scarf, “Il Salto,” The Leap. The limited quantity, exclusive “Il Salto” design was skillfully created by Julie Freund for L. Lavone. The vibrant scarf is an Italian-made 90cm x 90cm silk scarf that will beautifully packaged in a distinctive L.Lavone box. The first scarves will ship November 2014, arriving in stores just in time for holiday sales. Julie Freund is an accomplished artist and an equestrian herself, she has a particular talent of portraying the English sport horse, and earlier this year her artwork was chosen as the design for the esteemed Hampton Classic Horse Show’s official poster. Designing a wearable piece of art was a new experience for Freund, but it was one that she enjoyed immensely. “It’s always great to be able to see your work go beyond just an image on the canvas,” Freund said. “It was a process to combine the traditional medium into a digital work of art to be used for fashion. For this design, I worked in many layers, just as I do in painting. However, because it was on the computer, I had more of an opportunity to play around with composition and color.” L.Lavone believes that a simple scarf can transform an entire outfit or become a lasting keepsake cherished for years to come. That is the philosophy of company owner Michelle Cavanaugh Donn “Equestrian themed scarves are iconic. That is why I decided silk scarves would be our first product.” Donn said, adding that she can’t wait to start wearing her company’s first creation, “The soft...

The Beauty of Silk Screening a Scarf

Silk screening is a method for printing that was first developed in China during the Song Dynasty around 1000 AD it spread across Asia and finally found wide acceptance in Europe in the 18th century when the silk mesh needed in the process became readily available there. Silk Screening has a number of advantages over the newer digital printing processes when working on heavier silk twill as is customary for scarves. Because the dye is pressed into the material to be colored it will be absorbed into the fabric allowing the dye to color both the front and back sides of the silk scarf. Thus you can tie your scarf with less of a visible difference between the front and back than if the scarf had been created using the digital process. The silk screening process is a great deal of work with each color in a scarf having to be printed individually using a screen created just for that color layer. The colors are layered on with the smallest details printed first then working to up the biggest such as the background and border colors. A complex scarf could easily need twelve or more screens and some as many as thirty or more. Once the colors are all applied and the dye set the scarf needs to have the edges finished. Each side is hand rolled and stitched taking as long as forty minutes for a seamstress to complete the hem on one silk scarf. Creating a scarf this way is far more time consuming and expensive then the digital printing option, but the luster and vibrancy makes...

Artist Julie Anna Freund – Our First Designer

L. Lavone is thrilled to announce that the artist for our first scarf has been selected, Julie Anna Freund. Juile is a lifelong Equestrian that has competed at hunter jumper shows on the east coast circuit and is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently she lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she rides and trains horses at Vintage View Farm in Theinsville, WI, and is a freelance artist. Her twin passions for horses and art have made her an idea choice for designing the first scarf ever for L. Lavone. “In many of my paintings I like to take the everyday images that equestrians see, and create a work of art that is recognizable and yet done in a way that emphasizes the beauty of the sport, and of the animal. Equestrian sport requires training, precise technique, and conditioning, just as the act of painting. Both require a knowledge of the materials and patience that when done right produce a wonderful connection to the human center.” She says about the inspiration for her equine works. During her time in college at first Bridgewater College and later at the Savannah College of Art and Design Julie was a member of intercollegiate equestrian teams while earning a B.F.A in painting and double minors in equestrian studies and art history, graduating in 2013. Because of her talent in portraying the strength of the sporthorse Julie Anna Freund has already been selected to create the official show poster for the 39th annual Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, NY. The poster is a wonderful image called ‘Paseo’ depicting the powerfully delicate legs...