About us

Meredith Lockhart, Best Artist, Art to Wear, Fashion category, at the Western Design Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, September 6 2012.


Meredith Lockhart Collections founder Meredith Lockhart was inducted into the Stetson Craftsman Alliance at the Women Who Design the West exhibition in Cody Wyoming in September of 2010. You may enjoy the photo montage.

Winner "Best Collection" at Cody High Style Fashion Show Sept. 23, 2009 at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY.

Merezia and Thistles West are now MeredithLockhart.com.

Most all of our items are custom made to order so please contact us for information and  for pricing: 1.913.886.2247.

Meredith Lockhart of Thistles West and Merezia Custom Rodeo Queen Wear is announcing a name change for her companies to Meredith Lockhart Collections (www.MeredithLockhart.com). Customers will have one location for all of Meredith’s collections. Her beautiful, award winning unique handmade western and crossover fashions, wedding dresses, bags, belts, masks and jewelry will be featured. Fashion customers will be able to see Meredith’s winning rodeo queen fashions and those customers can easily see her accessories and fashions all in one website. Bobbi Jeen Olson, the 2012 face of Meredith Lockhart Collections will be featured in many fashions and accessories on the website.

When I was a child, I could hardly wait for Christmas too see what kind of clothes my mother had made for my dolls. I think that was the beginning of my interest in sewing and design. I played with an amazing set of paper dolls that my aunt and mother had made when they were teenagers. These were beautifully hand water colored dolls with these wonderful dresses that dated from the late 1800's thru the 30's. When I was in the seventh grade, I made my first dress that I could wear to school, and my teachers complimented me on it and I was hooked! Coming from a family of talented artists and musicians probably sealed my destiny. After many years of work in interior design and art related work, in 1989, I created Thistles West to produce and market high end western and crossover fashions.

In 1997, I decided to give something back to the community and went to work for an arts organization in Kansas City, Missouri that did programs for inner city, at-risk and adjudicated youth. During that time, we continued to make clothing for major country music artists for TV award shows, videos and CD covers. I was drawn back into the fashion business because of so many requests for my fashions, thus the Merezia Custom label was created for the designs made and worn by rodeo queens for state and national pageants.

Inspiration for my designs comes from the love of the western culture. I have had horses since I was a teenager. I married a farmer and live where I am surrounded by horses, cattle and beautiful countryside. Yes, Kansas is not all flat with wheat fields for miles and miles.

Embellishment ideas come from the rodeo queen wear and she adds them to the accessories. I strive to make a high quality product and likes creating things that women feel good about wearing. My love of the western way of life has driven me to design bags, belts and fashions with western flair.

Meredith Lockhart

2009 was the 20th year anniversary of Thistles West. Now the Thistles West products can be found on Meredith Lockhart Collections. Thistles West was started by Meredith Lockhart in 1989 in a tiny farm house on the side of a hill in north eastern Kansas. Meredith designs and makes all the items under the MLC label, and under the previous Thistles West brand. Most of the items are one-of-a-kind and all are of the highest quality possible. Her beautiful designs have been worn to cattleman's balls and in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. The fashions have also been seen on many major Country Music stars on stage and in videos. Meredith likes creating beautiful things that women feel good about wearing.

In 1995 Merezia Custom was born out of the need to have another label to do custom clothing for rodeo queens to wear in National pageants such as the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. Now Meredith's rodeo queen wear can be found in Meredith Lockhart Collections, where one can also find accessories, jewelry, and other fashions--now all in one location! Meredith has had many young ladies finish in the top 10 in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant and the National High School Rodeo Queen contest wearing Merezia fashions. Two young ladies have captured the National title wearing Merezia, both from Kansas, the 2004-2005 National High School Rodeo Queen Emily Aldredge and the 2008 Miss Rodeo America Amy Wilson. both also won the apperance catagory.

Bobbi Jeen OlsonWe are excited to announce that Bobbi Jeen Olson of BobbiJeen.com and Arizona Country TV is the 2012 Face of Meredith Lockhart Collections. Bobbi Jeen is in the cover page of our new website and will be staring in advertisements, style photos and other promotions we do. She is a hard working true cowgirl and promotes the western lifestyle every chance she gets. Bobbi Jeen wears our fashions beautifully, and you will see them in many photos on her websites as we are a sponsor of many of the fashions she wears on her show Arizona Country TV.

Many of the fantastic pictures of Bobbi Jeen Olson on our website were taken by Joseph Saadeh of Pics In Design.

Fantastic photography, photo painting, see Diana Volk Photography.

The new front image and images of Bobbi Jeen by Michael and Shelle Neese of Studio Seven Productions.

Photographer Dewey Vanderhoff of Cody Wyoming did many of the studio and runway images from events in Cody.

Jenny Forge-Schmalstieg, who works in pastel to capture the beauty of nature and all living things, and inspire an awareness that we are all connected. Her website is www.jennyforge-schmalstieg.com

Julia Othmer is a fabulous singer-songwriter and a good friend. Please check her out at www.juliaothmer.com