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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Our hats are off to you….except in the sun!

American Hat Makers is co-sponsoring “Hat Day in the Sun,” a national campaign created by The Headwear Association to promote skin cancer awareness!

On June 22, 2017,  starting at 1pm, we will be will be giving out 300 FREE hats at our factory while supplies last! We’re located at 125 Aviation Way, Watsonville CA 95076

Also, on the day of the event, ALL ITEMS (purses, wallets. jackets, hats, etc.) in our retail store will be 50% off!

Snacks and refreshments will be provided, so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to come and have some fun and walk away with a free hat that’ll keep you cool and protected!

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One of the highlights of the day was meeting Chris from Aptos. He had heard about our event while he was at his dermatologist’s getting a cancerous growth removed. While he was in the waiting room he saw a postcard announcing Hat Day in the Sun and he decided to come check it out. After such a health scare, he was thrilled to receive a quality hat that could stand up to the sun and heat and still keep him protected.

Thank you Kathleen Rooney, RN.LE. for volunteering last year

Kathleen Rooney, RN.LE. volunteered her time to hand out sunscreen and lip balm and talk about the importance of sun protection with all of our visitors. Thank you Kathleen and Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Santa Cruz Dermatology Group!
ATTENTION ALL DERMATOLOGISTS/SKINCARE PROFESSIONALS! We’re really interested in providing skin screenings at future Hat Day in the Sun events, so if you would be able to donate your time to provide a necessary service to the community please contact us so we can coordinate!

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According to Hannah Watrous, Director of Global Marketing and Branding for American Hat Makers (and organizer of the event), “It wasn’t about giving away free hats. It was about educating our kids about the dangers of skin cancer– really relevant in a beach community.”
One thing we love doing here at American Hat Makers is staying connected through the use of press tours! Here we’ve attached photos from our previous press tours and we look forward to stopping by your facilities sometime next week to gift you a hat to keep you safe from the suns harmful rays! If any of your wonderful staff would like a free hat, tell them to stop by on the day of the event! #PressTour

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Here’s a recap of our 2014 event!
 

Did you know skin cancer is the most common of all cancers? The fact is 90% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun.

The good news is there are many things you can do to decrease your exposure to the sun, and reduce the possibility for skin cancer.

Here are a few top tips to protect your skin that you can start today!

  • WEAR A HAT! You can purchase an American made leather hat here.
  • Seek out the shade between the hottest part of the day 10am-4pm
  • Do not burn, and avoid tanning and UV tanning booths
  • Wear lip balm with sunscreen everyday
  • Cover up with clothing — breathable long-sleeved shirts and pants are best
  • Wear large UV-blocking sunglasses
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher even on foggy days
  • For outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating
  • Keep newborns out of the sun, and use sunscreen on babies over the age of six months
  • Examine your skin each month from head to toe and make note of any abnormal growths or moles
  • Schedule a yearly skin exam with your physician or dermatologists
  • Keep sunscreen in the car – for long car trips
  • Use extra sunscreen near water, snow, and sand – these surfaces reflect the intensity of UV rays
  • Buy extra bottles of sunscreen and keep in gym bag, trunk, diaper bag and purse
  • Lightly spray sunscreen in your hair or on head for extra protection

For more information or to buy UV-Protection Sun Hats, visit our American Hat Makers Hat Store.

Have a safe and happy Summer!

Resources:
http://skincancerprevention.org/skin-cancer/prevention-tips
http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/prevention-guidelines
http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/q—t/skin-cancer/tips

If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact me, I’d love to connect with you! AmericanHatMakers@gmail.com
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Single Contour and Double Contour bands. What’s the difference?

Here at American Hat Makers, we offer a wide range of Hat Bands to accompany our hats. We offer some of our hat styles un-banded, which gives you the option to choose your own band from the various options we offer, or to make your own and make your hat truly unique! There is one key difference between the different bands we offer. Depending on the style of hat you have, you’ll need either a Single Contour or Double Contour band.

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A single contour crown with a single contour band.

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A double contour crown with a double contour band.

Virtually any other hat company offers their hats utilizing a single contour design. For some of our hats, such as the Cyclone, the Silverado, and any of our fedora styles, there is only one contour around the crown, so you would need a Single Contour band.

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The Silverado (Single Contour)

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The Soho (Single Contour)

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The Cyclone (Single Contour)

For our top hat styles, such as an El Dorado or a Coachman, and our outdoor styles such as a Crusher or a Breeze, the crown features two contours instead of one. This gives the hat a more exaggerated style, and causes to hat to flow around the ears rather than going straight across your head. These styles would need a Double Contour band.

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The Crusher (Double Contour)

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The Breeze (Double Contour)

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The El Dorado (Double Contour)

When ordering a hat band on our website, make sure you select which contour option would suit your hat the best, and if you have any questions or concerns you can always give us a call at 1-800-642-3428!

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Mechanical Flipbook hats!

When was the last time you saw something REALLY innovative and cool? We’re excited to announce we’ve partnered with Mechanical Flipbook to crank out some awesome new hat styles. These bad boys contain an internalized kineograph which rapidly sequences images one after another in order to generate a moving image!

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They’ve got a kickstarter campaign going on to fund the project and make these hats available to everyone! Steampunk Hatter and Mechanical Flipbook are going to be at the Maker Faire this weekend so go check them out and get the latest info on these awesome hats! Stay tuned for when these will be available and other insights into the design process!

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The Annual Headwear Association Dinner 2017: A New President!

2017 has already been a big year for American Hat Makers. On top of all of the fun and success we’ve had, our fearless leader Garth Watrous was just elected President of The Headwear Association!

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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.

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Garth was previously the Vice President of THA, and was nominated for President by Todd Gardner of Dorfman Pacific hat company for his forward thinking ideals and progressive mindset. In his new position, Garth is dedicated to steadily driving the hat industry forward, and uniting the leaders of the Headwear Association.

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He plans on revitalizing the hat industry, making it younger, hipper, and more accessible through the use of social media and influential bloggers. The continued partnership with wonderful publicist Jill Hammer of HammerINK will insure that the Headwear Association’s name is at the forefront of fashion outlets and magazines worldwide.

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Garth wants it known just how excited he is about the nomination, saying that it feels amazing that people have taken notice of his hard work and commitment to the headwear industry, and that he feels very appreciated. Here’s to a successful term as president!

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Hats for American Heroes!

At American Hat Makers, we believe in giving back to our community. It is not only a core belief of ours, it is written into our mission statement:

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At American Hat makers our mission is to produce distinctive hats while treating our customers and employees with compassion and integrity and bettering our community through service and philanthropy.

Recently, our American Hat Makers family has been asking ourselves:

“What can we do to make a difference in the lives of American service men and women?”

As part of our ongoing dedication to bettering our community, American Hat Makers is proud to announce a new initiative, Hats for American Heroes.

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Decorated serviceman Audie Murphy

The purpose of Hats for American Heroes is to give back in the best way we can to those who have given – and continue to give – their all for us. We want to do anything and everything we can to the men and women in uniform – both active military and veterans.

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U.S Air Force Veteran and founder of the Make-a-Wish foundation, Frank Shankwitz.

Did you know:

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 21.8 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces as of 2014, and approximately 10 percent of them are women.
  • California has the highest number of veteran residents, with 2 million, followed by Texas and Florida, each with 1.6 million.
  • According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, as many as 20 percent of troops who served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 have come home and reported having PTSD.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2013 there were 722,000 unemployed veterans.

To that end, through Hats for American Heroes, American Hat Makers will:

  • Donate hats to America’s heroes through community events and charitable giving opportunities.
  • Donate financially to reputable organizations that support our service members and veterans.
  • Offer employment opportunities to America’s military personnel and their families.

 

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Hannah & Garth Watrous attending Master Chief Navy Seal Steve Viola 30 year retirement ceremony as a notable Navy Seal with several accolades.

We want to show support and gratitude for those on active duty, retired veterans, and the wounded, injured, or sick. We hope that our efforts will not only help our heroes, but also inspire others to volunteer, donate, and support the men and women who so selflessly put their lives on the line for our freedoms.

Please join us as we salute and give thanks to our American Heroes!

Written by Jessica Johnson for American Hat Makers

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