Over fifty years ago, when Martin was a boy, Countrywear heritage began. Born in Iowa, raised in Southern Missouri, summers were spent on horseback working the family’s herd of Black Angus cattle. Much of the time he enjoyed helping Grandfather Nickell, who passed on the value of an honest handshake and a deep appreciation of country living. The textures and colors of old barns, alfalfa fields, and a tack room full of handcrafted saddled permanently imprinted the marrow of his bones and the retina of his eyes. Since 1990, these boyhood memories have tremendously influenced his timeless collections.