Two Girls & A Mule

The Girls

Tawny and Robyn, the founders of Two Girls and a Mule, are sisters. They often refer to themselves as the city mouse and the country mouse. Robyn, the boss lady, lives in northern California with her farrier husband, a band of outlaw chickens, several cats, a small herd of rescued mustangs, a donkey and a mule. She is a landscape architect specializing in beautiful drought tolerant, environmentally responsible gardens.

Tawny, the creative director, is a former designer of menswear and currently teaches fashion history and design at a southern California university. She researches and writes about sixteenth century northern Italian women’s dress and is pretty sure that horses are just big dogs who happen to like carrots.

The Mule

Lana lives with Robyn and is her main mount and partner-in-crime. She is known far and wide as “that sweet mule”. Although she is not the leader of her herd, she is easily its smartest member. Her sweet heart and steadfast nature stand behind every shirt we make.

Robyn

Tawny

Lana

The Shirt

Robyn really is the brains behind our shirt. For years she has worn a sleeveless Western-style shirt in the summer. Over time, though, that American classic has lost ground—poorer quality fabric, less refined fit, and a general erosion of style. One day she had had enough. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, she roped Tawny into dusting off her design skills and the two set out to bring that shirt back to life.

The Two Girls and a Mule retro-flavored shirt is the result of that collaboration. It is made in America of the finest Japanese cotton with a streamlined fit. No more “puffiness” around the waist or gapping at the underarm, our shirt is cut long enough to stay tucked in neatly while on horseback. Today, with the help of a fabulous pattern maker, an amazing fit model, an entrepreneurial genius, and a cast of thousands—okay, maybe not thousands, but a lot of generous help—we offer the modern cowgirl a shirt she can be proud to wear—whether channeling her inner Dale Evans on the ranch or heading into town.

A Shirt Tale

It has been said that sportswear is the only true American fashion. Its origins date to the early twentieth century and today American sportswear influences fashion all over the globe. Within that realm, the American West holds a special place of fascination. For decades, Western wear was utilitarian—although not without its own flair. With the popularity of “cowboy” shows on television and “westerns” at the movies in the mid-twentieth century, elements of Western wear crept into everyday dress.  The Two Girls and a Mule shirt celebrates that American heritage. 

Image credit: Life magazine, 1955

These Two Girls are proud to have revived and updated a hard-working-but-stylish 1950s sleeveless classic: a once-timeless shirt that had sadly eroded over time—insulted by poor fit, poor construction and poor quality fabric. We’ve reclaimed that shirt’s flattering fit with attention to construction details which focus on a woman’s body. (Check out our Size Chart.) We’ve included touches like a crisp two-part collar which allows you to “pop” it with style, selected beautiful pearlized snaps to complement each print, slipped in a few surprises like contrasting binding at the armscye, all securely stitched in beautiful Japanese cotton fabric. 

Today with the help of a fabulous pattern maker, an amazing fit model, an entrepreneurial genius, and a cast of thousands—okay, maybe not thousands, but a lot of generous help—we are pleased to offer the modern cowgirl an heirloom quality shirt she can be proud to wear—whether channeling her inner Dale Evans on the ranch or heading into town.