American Hat Makers is hosting their third annual studio sale, as part of the Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale event! We will be last store to close that day to give everyone the opportunity to participate. This is a MASSIVE sale. Everything inside the store will be 50% off, and everything displayed outside will be 75% off. The sale will run from 8am-5pm on December 2, 2017. We’re partnering with LaSelva Designs for this sale, so there will be a wide variety of items to browse. Come check out a store full of artisan hats, gorgeous leather accessories designed by fabulous designer Ruby Roxanne, and our all new line of handbags, totes, and backpacks handmade from our top quality leather! This sale is IN-STORE only, so stop on by and get some great Christmas gifts for everyone!
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!
Stay tuned for more awesome events like this one, and check out our website to find all the beautiful hat styles you see here!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Effortlessly channel the easy-going music festival vibe every day of the year with our fringed shoulder bags in a small or medium.
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!
Written by Jessica Johnson.