Big New Guys… Big News!!!!

Lindsey’s pregnant!!!

Our Gestational Carrier, Lindsey Kent, is having our son December 29,2019


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Lindsey & Hannah

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Lindsey, Jonathan, and Dr. Schmidt Embryo Transfer Day April 12th

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We are forever grateful for Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Shah at Nova In Vitro Fertilization

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Celebration Dinner at the Crows Nest! Positive pregnancy test 4/22, egg sack and healthy heartbeat.

What does it mean to have a Gestational Carrier?

A woman who carries a fetus and gives birth to a child for another woman or couple. For a woman to serve as a gestational carrier, an embryo (created by the process of in vitro fertilization) is implanted in her uterus. The gestational carrier has no biological relationship to the embryo she is carrying.

Watrous IVF Journey 2019 (1)How it all started??? Lindsey and I were attending a graduation dinner with some friends to celebrate Shawna. While our families have know each other since 2006, we never would have expected that Lindsey would hear my comments across the table about surrogacy being the next  stage in our IVF journey, and offer to have our baby. Moments later the whole table of ladies who were aware of my journey with IVF were in tears.

Here we are a year later, after several appointments with lawyers, counselors, doctors, and nurses, on this journey together.


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Watrous IVF Journey 2019 (2)Lindsey is a trooper (Birth control Pills/60 Estrogen patches/ 24 Lupron Shots/18 Progesterone Shots/ Progesterone capsules) Watrous IVF Journey 2019 (1)

It’s a big commitment to be a gestational carrier, requiring a ton of hormones that affect your mood and ability to care for your family. Words aren’t enough to express our gratitude for the Kent family and the sacrifices they have all made to be a part of bringing our Watrous Baby into this world.

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👶 Please join me in giving Lindsey, Jonathan, Ryin, and Jacen a warm welcome to our TRIBE.



Thank you for helping us make our dreams become possible. We are elated with excitement 🤸‍♀️🤸‍♂️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♂️   


Watrous Family 



Fine Art in a Bohemian Setting!

Ruby Roxanne constantly raises the bar for what defines an artisan designer. There’s hardly a more inspired, driven, and talented designer out there. We here at American Hat Makers are always so excited to see what her next evolving hat collection will be. Ruby was invited to be a part of a groundbreaking event at the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco on Saturday, May 4th. The first ever San Francisco International Art Salon  is going to feature over 80 international artists, musicians, fashion designers, photographers, models and performers to create this magical event. In their own words, the goal of this event is to bring you an unforgettable artistic, spiritual experience and to repair the broken bridge between the creatives and the patronage. I could go down the list of the night’s highlights but it would take hours, however I will mention that there will be a magnificent fashion show produced by Pivot. Bottom line, you don’t want to miss out. As for our girl Ruby, she will be displaying her iconic leather mermaid wearable art piece for only the 3rd time ever publicly. However, this time, the outfit will have a jaw dropping twist. Ruby’s goal with the outfit is to promote Clean Oceans Matter, which is very close to Ruby’s heart. Maintaining and expanding knowledge of this environmental emergency for our marine life is very important to Ruby. Don’t miss out on your chance to attend this once in a lifetime event and support local artists and designers along with the many international icons!



The Headwear Association 111th Annual Dinner

Originally founded in 1908 in New York City, The Headwear Association is the oldest trade association in the fashion industry, and is dedicated to promoting hats and the headwear industry throughout the world, and to foster goodwill and fellowship among those engaged in the headwear industry.

This year’s dinner is a bit of a special time for not just us here at American Hat Makers, but for everyone at the Headwear Association. Garth’s term as president has come to an end, and at tonight’s dinner we are passing the torch to Gerry Miller Jr.

“Serving as president has been an ultimate honor”, says Garth. “Being able to usher new business relationships and do my part to drive the hat industry to new heights has been such a gift.”

The night went so splendidly. Naturally, we started with the business end of things, and to unwind after that we had a little cocktail hour. After that, we had a wonderful fashion show featuring all of the new styles that everyone is testing out. It was absolutely amazing!

Seeing all the gorgeous outfits made us quite hungry, and we ate a fabulous dinner to prep us for the awards show. Retailer of the Year went to Hatsational!

The Ben Rosenthal Award went to Douglas Highsmith of Dorfman Pacific hat company.

The Lieberman Award went to the one and only Garth Watrous of American Hat Makers.

And finally, the Fit Scholarship went to Marisa Belfiore.

Hannah and Carol Fit Professor Millinery and Accessories Dept

Lovely Millinery Ladies


Flashback pictures of Garth and Hannah Watrous

Annual group photo stay tuned for updated photo from photographer


Socializing at the event

Garth, Don R, BobB

Zack @ Village Hats



Board Meeting

This year the headwear Association provided pedicabs to shuttle us to The Boathouse.

On corner of 5th Ave and 72nd and look for the pedicab drivers in the RED KANGOL Hats.

Thank you Ruby Roxanne for designing Hannah’s Hats every year.


Until next time!!

American Hat Makers Snow Day!


Here at American Hat Makers, having fun is just as important as handcrafting the world’s finest hats. One of the principles this company was founded on was the philosophy that we not only treat our customers like family, but our team members too! 2019 has been a phenomenal year for us, and we wanted to celebrate by taking our team up to have a day in the snow! Last Friday we closed up shop, piled onto a bus, and headed up north to Leland Snow Park for a jam packed day sledding, throwing snowballs, and making snow angels. This is something we have been talking about for a long time, and we’re so happy we were finally able to do it; the majority of our team had never even been to the snow! We had so much fun and we can’t wait to go again!