Luis Alcala, founder of Alcala's Western Wear, has died at age 92, reports The Chicago Sun-Times. Marked with a rearing white horse, the Chicago Avenue shop stocks some 10,000 pairs of cowboy boots, 5,000 cowboy hats, and goods ranging from scorpion belt buckles to alligator saddles. It's one of the Midwest's largest stores for Western wear.
In business since 1972, the sprawling shop has famous fans including Robert Plant. The Led Zepplin rock legend once visited Alcala's to stock up on short, mariachi-style bolero jackets; he returned to the store just last summer to buy Mexican shirts. Other rock stars who have wandered through Alcala's python boots and chinchilla hats include Ozzy Osbourne and Steven Tyler. Dwight Yoakam's also stopped by, and Patrick Swayze sported Alcala's boots in his last acting role.
· Alcala's Western Wear [Official Site]
· Founder of Alcala's, one of the Midwest's Biggest Western wear stores, dead at 92 [Chicago Sun-Times]