About Our Store
The appeal of a western-styled piece, whether a fringed vest, turquoise belt, silver ring, embroidered sugar skull boots or leather couch laced with cowhide lingers long after the 10-day cow town frenzy of the Stampede in Calgary. At Cody & Sioux we believe a little West lives in all of us, and the goods of our shop are meant to play to those connections. Of all of which awakens and stirs the West within us.
Cody & Sioux is a destination shop featuring the cutting edge of mainstream Modern West clothing well as a curated selection of artist and artisan work. The three elements of western design: silver, leather and turquoise are a focal point of the store, and represented in our clothing lines – both men and women’s and home accessories. In addition, you’ll find a selection of the most unique furniture pieces of North American, all with a western flair, bookending our clothing and accessories lines. We advocate and go to bat for items that are well-crafted, timeless and have an enduring sense of West, in their craftsmanship, design and material. It’s highly modern but appreciative of our western heritage, and laced with Native American influences.
Our unique, nearly 3,000 square foot store is in the heart of Inglewood, Calgary – a neighbourhood which fittingly bears the distinction of being “cow town’s” oldest, having been established as Fort Calgary in 1875. Today it is a shopping, arts and music mecca. In 2014, it was named Canada’s greatest neighbourhood.
At Cody & Sioux, we invite you to embrace your own style of West. Whatever it may be that embodies the idea of West for you in a personal way. Wide open space. Independence. Sustainability. Individualism. Character. Grit. We’ll leave it up to you to find it within you. Be stubborn about it. Be meticulous. Savor it and live it. Wear it close to your heart, like a necklace, a big ’ole bold and beautiful squash-blossom piece of turquoise. Go ahead and let it save your soul.
At the helm of Cody & Sioux are Ingrid Schulz and her daughter, Alex Callaghan.
“I felt like when I came to the city, I observed people increasingly disconnected to the West, or at least the West I know and love,” says Ingrid. “All you saw were people in bad checkered shirts and misshaped hats, losing ground, and respect with an authentic West. It seemed diluted and soulless, and it made me sad. We wanted to affect change and re-introduce the West to the city again. Maybe even reinvent it, with a modern twist. It’s more than clothing, but that’s the conduit we’ve chosen to invite people to embrace their own style of West. Beneath the surface, West is really about individuality, a life outdoors, an appreciation for wide open spaces, and of course, character and grit. If you live in the West, you should be proud to fly the flag for this lifestyle, and protect and honor it.”
With 20 years of experience building and managing the western riding magazine, Western Horse Review from the ground up to a national publication of over 50,000 readers, Ingrid was up for the challenge of bringing the true West home to Calgary, with the seed idea of a new project.
With this belief at the core of their brand, the Cody & Sioux team set off to find the best clothing and artisan work which incorporate the three cornerstones of western design: silver, leather and turquoise. They shine a spotlight on authentic artists from all over North America. In addition to clothing and a wide variety of accessories from jewelry, handbags and cowboy boots, they also carry unique furniture pieces with a western flair, rounding out their offering of modern West accouterments.
When Alex Callaghan isn’t buying for the store, or completing her marketing degree, you’ll find her creating new artwork for her own local YYC clothing company, Ragweed Clothing (@ragweedclothing on Instagram). Growing up in a small town community, immersed in horses, her love of the country and a life outdoors blossomed. She’s a bonafide ranch girl, and her love of vintage West combined with the classic style she’s become known for gives her an edge in sourcing out distinct and original pieces, especially on all things mod-West. As a result, you’ll see everything from Californian boho inspired dresses, to traditional Texan design, a variety of cheeky tagline tees, classic West pieces and exclusive home decor.
Follow @al_callaghan on Instagram for a look behind the scenes at Cody & Sioux!
To CURATE a selection of products that are unique and thoughtful of the West, products that breathe a vision of West, are well made and genuine. To ADVOCATE for the West and steward a lifestyle that embodies individualism, character, and grit and time spent outdoors. To GIVE BACK to a new generation of West designers, craftsmen and women, artists and writers.
“We like to think there’s a little West in everyone, and we encourage people to be proud of this lifestyle. In an increasingly homogenous world, what we have here in the West is rare, extraordinary and important,” says Ingrid.
Hours of Operation:
Tues-Wed & Fri-Sat: 11:00 – 6:00
Thursday: 11:00 – 7:00
Sunday: Noon – 5:00