GBK Gifting Suite: ESPY’s!!

We just got back from the ESPY’s and we had a total blast! For those that don’t know, the ESPY’s are awards currently presented by the American Broadcast Television network ABC, and previously ESPN, to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performances. We met so many amazing, talented and fun individuals! Every GBK event is always so fulfilling, we absolutely love sharing our passion of making hats with everyone we come across! Here’s some pictures from while we were there!

 

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Stay tuned for more awesome events like this one, and check out our website to find all the beautiful hat styles you see here!

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Company Culture: Keeping it weird!

 

Here at American Hat Makers we emphasize the importance of promoting a healthy work environment, because in our minds a team-member who is happy and healthy will always put their best foot forward. It says right in our #3 Core Value that by being a family owned and operated business, we make it a point to treat everyone we interact with as we would treat our loved ones.

We do this by frequently hosting big parties for our team-members and their families, so that they can enjoy bonding with each other over some good food and fun games. This week was a big one, on Friday we had a big barbecue at our CEO’s house, where we had sack races, a pie eating contest, an egg toss, a raffle, and a volleyball tournament!

Then, on Tuesday, we had a beach themed party at our factory where we grilled burgers and had a costume contest! Many of our team-members brought their families and all in all, each of us had a fantastic few days having some fun with our co-workers! Check out the video at the top of the article for some of the highlights!

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Jacob’s Gallery: Talent, Dedication, and Achievement!

 

 

Located in the historic black hills of South Dakota, in the aptly named town of Deadwood, lies the gallery of a family dedicated to their craft. World renowned artist Scott Jacobs and his family have opened an art gallery here, to let the world know their passion for creating and displaying beautiful pieces of artwork along with many of our hat styles. His daughter, Olivia, does a fantastic job managing the gallery and is an absolute joy to work with.

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The interior of Jacob’s Gallery

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Scott Jacobs grew up in Cranford, New Jersey, and graduated from Westfield High School where he drew pen-and-ink illustrations for the school’s newspaper. Jacobs worked for an art gallery as a teen and then went on to sell art out of a van. At 19, he purchased an art gallery at below market value and was an art dealer for 25 years. In 1989, his wife, Sharon, gave him an easel, canvases and paints as a Christmas gift. Jacobs began painting and displaying his work in his own galleries under the assumed name Escotete. Based on client feedback, he concentrated on creating work in a photorealistic style. In 1993, a short time after painting two pieces “Fat Boy” and “Live to Ride,” which featured Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Jacobs’ work was seen by the motorcycle manufacturer. Harley-Davidson signed Jacobs as its first officially licensed artist in its fine art program, a position he continues to hold.

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“Fat Boy” one of Scott’s original Harley-Davidson paintings

Jacobs’ work has also been licensed by Chevrolet, Ford, Mattel, Marilyn Monroe Estates and Elvis Presley Enterprises and others. His work has appeared on Franklin Mint Collector Plates, apparel and other home décor items. As of 2013, Jacobs had been the official artist for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 17 times. Other subjects of Jacobs’ work include game room still life paintings, wine and spirits, women in masks, cars and florals. Jacobs’ original works sell for $40,000-$150,000.

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“In Your Dreams” a painting featuring Scott’s daughter, Olivia.

Some well known collectors of Jacobs’ work include Willie G. Davidson, Bill Davidson, Jeff Bleustein, Senator Ben Campbell, John Elway, Carl Malone, Don King, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Patrick, Steve Hendrickson, Arlen Ness, Joan Lunden, Kathy Ireland, Kim Alexis, Malcolm Forbes, Clarence Clemons, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, ZZ Top, Survivor and Loverboy.

Scott is a man of great character. He spent time on the show “Secret Millionaire” where in each episode, a millionaire leaves their luxurious life behind, takes on a secret identity and lives undercover in a much much poorer area of the country for a week. Living on a limited budget (Usually less than $150) with no modern conveniences they must forge their own way in the community – working and volunteering alongside the locals and finding individuals or projects whom they think deserve a cut of their fortune. On their final day, the millionaires come clean and reveal their true identity to the people they have chosen, surprising them with gifts of thousands of dollars to improve their lives. They must donate at least $100,000 in total. “I gave $180,000, which is like a painting and a half for me,” Scott says. “I have seven motorcycles, four homes and eight cars. I can afford to give more. And I will give more. I will continue to be philanthropic the more successful I am.”

“I think one of the reasons I became the most successful person in my family financially is that my dad always told me growing up that I was a failure,” he says. “So I was out to basically prove my parents wrong.

“I worked for every single thing I have,” he says. “Nothing was ever given to me. Every dollar I made was a separate brush stroke on a piece of canvas.

“Now to be able to go back to New Jersey and be immersed in what we were immersed in is a real reality check. Anybody can have a reversal of fortune at any time.”

Scott is not the only artist in the family. Alexa Jacobs is also a very talented artist, and is very passionate about her work. At age 15, she started working part time for her dad, Scott as his under-painter.  The first time she painted lasted a brief 15 minutes before she was uninterested and ready to move onto her next teen adventure. Although, Scott thought he lost his apprentice forever, Alexa worked on and off for him for the next several years, amongst many other odd jobs, including modeling for Harley-Davidson. It wasn’t until she had eight years of painting experience with her father that she gained enough courage to create some of her own master pieces.  Her first several years painting her own canvases were spent experimenting with many different mediums, subjects and styles. Although she believes in the world of art you never stop discovering, she is confident she has found her niche.

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Alexa and Olivia inside Jacob’s Gallery

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“Smoking Gun” by Alexa Jacobs

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Alexa with Christiev Carothers and Big Kenny.

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Alexa with her painting, Smoking Gun.

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Alexa with Scott and his wife.

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Alexa with Dolly Parton.

Deadwood is only a stone’s throw away from Sturgis, home of the world famous motorcycle rally! This year’s rally is right around the corner, and if you’re a motorcycle enthusiast or simply like to have a good time, you shouldn’t miss out!

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Scott Jacob’s contributions to the world of art and his philanthropic nature have truly solidified his position as an American hero. There’s no better place than Jacob’s Gallery to pick up a hat on your way to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year! You won’t regret checking out all of the gorgeous artwork they have to offer!

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Environmentally Conscious Couture!

 

 

Available now as part of the American Hat Makers collection, these pieces of art are not just stylish and durable, but positively impacting our environment! Our all new, scrap leather handbags and satchels are designed with a rugged fashion sense in mind, to guarantee a durable bag to accompany you anywhere!

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As our company grew, so did the amount of scrap leather we were producing, and it didn’t feel right letting it all go to waste! Rather than let all of this high quality leather rot in a landfill, we decided to brainstorm some ways it could go to use. These leather handbags and satchels are made with the same cuts of leather we manufacture our artisan quality head wear out of. Their simplistic flare makes them a great addition to any wardrobe, as they are extremely versatile when choosing an outfit! Rock them at a music festival and be the talk of the town!

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Each piece of leather is different from the next, so these showstoppers are truly one-of-a-kind! Call us at 1-800-642-3428 to order!
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American Handbag Makers?!

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American Hat Makers is pleased to introduce you to our new line of gorgeous handbags and accessories made from repurposed leather scraps from our hat making facility.  

As American Hat Makers has grown, we have found ourselves with more and more scrap leather left over from our increased hat production. As dedicated stewards of our natural resources we wanted to utilize our leftover leather in a meaningful way.

 

To that end, our talented designers have worked with our team to produce these gorgeous, super-durable leather handbags and totes. The result is beautifully simple handbags that show off their raw, bohemian nature and offer extreme durability, water-resistance, and a lifetime guarantee.

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Just like our hats, these bags are proudly Handmade in America with high-quality leather. Each bag is unique –  as no two pieces of genuine leather are alike. Each scrap of leather is being repurposed into a one-of-a-kind piece.

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In addition to our tote, messenger, and festival bags, we also offer handmade leather chokers, cuffs, and bag accessories. Now you can be fully outfitted at Coachella with your hat, choker, cuff, and bag!

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Our sturdy totes come in small, medium, and large sizes – pick the perfect one for the days’ errands, a trip to the beach, or a day at work or school.

Perfect for school, work, or every day, our men’s and women’s satchels are made of supple leather and feature a long shoulder strap that can be easily adjusted with fashionable brass rivets.

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Effortlessly channel the easy-going music festival vibe every day of the year with our fringed shoulder bags in a small or medium.

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Come check out our smokin’ deals on these awesome bags all of which are available in black or natural brown.  Because we are repurposing leather that may otherwise end up in the landfill, we are able to offer these items to you at incredible prices – but you better act fast, because once they are gone, they are gone! 

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Written by Jessica Johnson.

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Another Successful “Hat Day In The Sun” Free Hats!

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American Hat Makers 10th annual Hat Day In The Sun was another success! We gave away 375 hats! It was so amazing seeing a huge line of people waiting patiently for a Free American Hat Makers Hat. The parking lots all around us where to their full capacity. Everyone was rushing over to get their free hat. Thankfully there was enough hats for everyone waiting. Here is a little video of what it looked like…

We want to give a HUGE shout out to the press for spreading the word, attending our event, and writing a lovely follow up post after the event! We are so thankful. Check out their amazing articles…

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Also a huge thank you to the major of watsonville Lowell Hurst for showing up and being a part of our event! We where so honored to have you.

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Shout out to the Ella’s at the Airport girls for always showing us their support and attending our event.

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and most importantly shout out to our AMAZING customers!

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Stepping Stones to Success; An interview with Greg Reid.

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Published in over 60 books in 45 languages, Greg Reid is no stranger to success. Filmmaker and keynote speaker, Greg is also a best-selling author, entrepreneur, and CEO of several successful corporations, who has dedicated his life to helping others achieve the ultimate fulfillment of finding and living a life of purpose. Along with these accomplishments, Greg is the founder of Secret Knock, a wildly successful, invitation only seminar that unites influential entrepreneurs and investors in one place to discuss points of business.

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Greg is a San Diego native, growing up in the beach town of Del Mar, California.When asked how he defines success, Greg told us that success is the freedom to be able to live the life you desire. If you’re able to live and operate the life you set out for, you are successful. The key to long-term success is surrounding yourself with people you have respect for, rather than influence over. When asked about his ideals, Greg starts off by saying he very freely shares information. He’s got no secrets. Everyone he surrounds himself with is involved with all aspects of his life. He puts emphasis on accentuating your positive aspects, and illuminating the negatives rather than hiding them, thus giving yourself the chance to learn from them. Authenticity is the ability to share the uncomfortable parts about yourself. By focusing attention on the defects, you give yourself the opportunity to make change.

 

 

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Greg attributes his success to his approach to criticism. Rather than seeking an opinion on his endeavors, he seeks counsel, the difference being that opinions are largely based on ignorance, while counsel is derived from the wisdom of those who have done it before you. He describes that when he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, he did not go find a surfer from downtown Santa Cruz to guide him, he went and found an experienced guide who had climbed it 800 times. During the ascent, Greg put his feet where the guide had lain his, because he knew that the guide was going to reach the top.

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This mindset is exactly how he approaches his business life. He goes directly to the source and surrounds himself with the people who are producing the results he desires. Greg says that while there is a formula or pattern to becoming a successful entrepreneur, each day it changes. The environment you’re in will be ever-changing, but the business fundamentals will stay the same.

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When asked about what his motivation was, he said that it also changes daily. What drives you today will change tomorrow. Happiness and success are moving targets, and you’ll need to revamp your approach daily to achieve either.

 

 

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To visualize all of the little things that help people achieve happiness, Greg started a movement called The Secret of Happiness. This website is a database where anyone can submit what made them happy today, and is just another way Greg is helping to spread goodwill around the world. One of Greg’s inspirations is his dear friend, Frank Shankwitz, founder of the Make-a-Wish foundation. One day, Greg asked Frank, “After granting so many children’s wishes, what is your wish?” Frank said that he very much desired to have his story told in a way that he could share with his grand-kids. After hearing this, Greg took on the responsibility of producing a feature film, titled Wishman, detailing Frank’s life story and his journey creating the Make-a-Wish foundation. Greg believed that it was time to give back to someone who has given so much. Having the resources to organize such an undertaking is Greg’s definition of success. He desires to spread the touching story of Frank, and his lifestyle has given him the freedom to do so.

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The most important nugget of wisdom you should take away from this article is about seeking counsel. To get the results you desire, go directly to the source and learn from those who have paved the way before you! Also check out Greg Reid’s other beneficial and lucrative seminar, Prosperity Camp on August 4-5!

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Last Years Highlights from Prosperity Camp

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