The Cavender Family

Started in 1965 in Pittsburg, Texas, by James and his wife, Pat, the iconic western wear chain, Cavender’s, has grown to more than 80 stores in 11 states. Despite that growth, the company has stayed true to its roots of hard work, treating folks right, business savvy and, above all, family. Today, James and Pat’s three sons—Joe, Mike and Clay—run the business. Clay says, “If you look back through time, there’s a look that is always cool and that’s a pearl snap shirt and a pair of cowboy boots… Everybody has a pair of cowboy boots in their wardrobe. The hat is iconic, but not everybody has one. Everybody has a pair of cowboy boots and a good pair of jeans and a pearl snap shirt.”

Really, that’s where the Cavender’s success lies, they’ve identified things in this world that are timeless and put them to work

James R. Cavender 1931-2018

for them.

Whether it’s maintaining a tight-knit family, being a good steward of their resources, treating their employees and customers right, or selling something that everyone wants, they stick with what works. James Cavender’s legacy in the western wear community and his family’s decades-long commitment to serving the Texas western industry made them a natural fit for the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Induction into Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed on individuals who have shown excellence in competition, business and support of rodeo and the western lifestyle in Texas.

One of the premier events prior to the Fort Worth Stock Show, the induction ceremony will be held at Billy Bob’s Texas on Thursday, January 17, 2019.  The Cavender Family will be inducted alongside Dr. Glenn Blodgett, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, The King Ranch and Robert Earl Keen.

Currently undergoing a relocation and renovation project, The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is home to more than 140 inductees who represent the best of the best in ranching, business, entertainment, rodeo and agriculture. In addition to displays dedicated to inductees of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, museum collections include the Sterquell Wagon Collection and the John Justin Trail of Fame.

About Cavender’s

Cavender’s is continuing to grow. In addition to the Cavender’s Stockyards location, there are 7 Metroplex Cavender’s stores, including the newest store in Denton. Cavender’s is growing outside of Texas as well, expanding north into Omaha, Nebraska, and east into Hoover, Alabama. Visit a store today, or shop online at