American Hat Makers Top Designer Merry-Lee Rae winner of Saul Bell Design Award 2014


Merry-Lee Rae (Watrous) One our Top Designers at American Hat Makers


Merry-Lee Rae- I love being with my family. My extraordinary husband and my amazing, gifted daughter. My horses, becoming a child in their presence and simply experiencing them in all of their profound perfection. I also have been designing hats for my husband’s business. Something new for me, and I am having a blast! I love learning new things; I thrive on a good challenge. Traveling, but after all home is best!


Merry-Lee Rae (Watrous) is a world renowned cloisonné artist. Merry-Lee has recently begun to contribute her artistic talents to the leather medium, and gratefully to our hats in particular. Her innovative designs and metal work make up an impressive part of both our Steampunk and Ashbury brands. Her 40+ years of artistic creations bring into play an amazing addition to this new (for her) medium. Merry-Lee’s cloisonné can be viewed at





Hat Collection Merry Lee Designed:

Draco Hat  “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth…?” From the depths of time itself comes an all-leather masterpiece of fierce design and regal pedigree. Our Draco asks nothing more from its wearer than 100% boldness, as that’s what it presents to the world. Hand-worked dragon-scale pattern, scalloped leather band, powerful wing accent and serpentine eye all come together to speak of battles yet to win and skies to seek aloft. Available in black and brown, to match almost any mood, the Draco is a solid beauty. Water-treated, like our other offerings; however the wing itself holds its shape best when kept as dry as the dragon’s breath. Buy the Draco today, wear it to your next gathering, and utter not a sound. Let this beauty do the roaring for you.

Comes in Black/Brown Leather





Evil Within

Kraken Hat –From the depths of the seas and hearts of Steampunk lovers everywhere comes The Kraken. The airbrushed artwork covers a full three-quarters of the crown, while a beveled hatband rises ominously to reveal the eye of the beast itself. Our best-selling new hat, THE KRAKEN offers old world elegance, mid-crown suave and a hint of danger lurking just beneath the surface.

Comes in Black/Brown Leather



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Sprocket– When it comes to clockwork precision, THE SPROCKET is spot on. Laser-cut leather and engraving with an airbrushed design add elegance, style and mechanical beauty to this topper. Accented with a dual-colored, beveled-edge band and gear concho, this hat is perfect for Steampunk events, cosplay or simply topping off that weekend outfit.


Sprocket Black Angle View

Spat in the Hat Wine (Angle View)

Spat in the Hat Cocoa (Angle View)

Spat in the Hat Coffee (Angle View)



Marlow Brown - Metallic Band




Eureka Brick (Angle View)

Eureka Electric (Angle View)

Eureka Olive (Angle View)


Mendocino Wine

Sonoma Rustic


Strut Copper Angle View




Opal Copper Angle View


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