How did Hats for American Heroes start?

 

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Our latest venture in philanthropy, Hats for American Heroes is the result of one simple question. One evening, Garth and Hannah Watrous and their daughter Leilani were having a typical family dinner. Throughout the course of conversation, Leilani brought up a very important question. Why is it that when servicemen and women return from their service, they seem to be forgotten and their selfless acts left unacknowledged? After hearing this, the Watrous’s have set out to do anything and everything they can to give back to those who have given everything.

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Garth and Hannah were awarded Challenge Coins to commemorate their efforts towards veterans.

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They contacted American Dream U to inquire about any ways that they could be of service to our veterans. American Dream U is a non-profit dedicated to helping our military get the education and access to resources they need to find their dream job or to start a business of their own. American Dream U then invited Garth and Hannah to Washington D.C where they were given the opportunity to tour the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and later attend an event put on by American Dream U where Garth had the opportunity to speak in front of a captivated audience of veterans, discussing entrepreneurial advice and aspects of business. Afterward, Garth and Hannah insured that each and every veteran was able to walk away with a hat of their choice.

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This event was the first of many opportunities to give back to our veterans. Stay tuned for more like this one!

 

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Badass Elegance with Voodoo Hatter!

Looking for a hat that will set you apart from the crowd? You’ve come to the right place. 19th Century style infused with fierce sensibility and a touch of dark energy make Voodoo Hatter essential to your subversive lifestyle. From hard-kicking rocker to brazen biker or neo-noir grifter, you will make a definitive statement wherever you go.

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The Deadwood by Voodoo Hatter

We designed these bad boys to be the kinds of hats you become known for wearing. Formed out of black or brown full-grain smooth leather, our toppers are built to last, and are guaranteed to draw eyes.

Featuring laser engraved and airbrushed designs from Adam Rose of Fallen Owl Tattoo, finding more artful hats would be a chore. Adam’s creative vision truly sets these hats apart from the rest.

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The Skull ‘N Roses designed by Adam Rose

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The Silver Skull designed by Adam Rose

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The Balance designed by Adam Rose

Handmade with unsurpassed attention to quality and a discerning eye on the details, each piece is as much an individual statement as it is a cover for your head. Elegantly don a Voodoo topper at an exclusive event, or boldly show off your attitude at a motorcycle rally, it’s truly up to you.

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They’ve even been said to stay on at 60+ MPH!

When it comes to accessories, hats are the most powerful of all. Nothing sets you apart from the crowd more than a hat from Voodoo Hatter. Utilizing exotic materials hardly found elsewhere, each hat is truly a handmade work of art.

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The Caliber, available in black, cigar, rattlesnake, and red.

Accents of rattlesnake and ostrich leg elevate the Caliber to a new level of artisan craft. A dual appliqué accentuates the bold crown to make this one fierce topper!

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The Rio Topper by Voodoo Hatter

The Rio Topper is like no other hat in this collection.This hat is made in all black leather, and accented with an intricate appliqué that highlights Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake skin on the front of the crown. The unique hatband is made from double rattles that cross in the front and are tied together with a reproduction 1944 Mercury dime. Just the hat for the elegant Voodoo punk.

Featuring a deer-skin band embellished with a taxidermy eye, the Eye band brings all of the mystique and allure of the Kraken into a minimalist package. Stand out at any event with this elegant topper.

 

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The Silverado by Voodoo Hatter

Reminiscent of a pork pie, but with a distinctively western brim. This hat is low, lean, and mean. Leave the brim flat for a gunslinger look or curl the brim to dial up the attitude.

With hats like these, it’s hard not to make an impact! Next time you’re looking for a powerful accessory that speaks on it’s own, go with those who know best!

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Voodoo Hatter!

Voodoo Hatter goes to lengths unseen to deliver the ultimate in handmade leather top hats. 19th Century style infused with fierce sensibility and a touch of dark energy make our Voodoo Top Hats essential to your subversive lifestyle.

 

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The Caliber in red, black, cigar, and rattlesnake.

 

From hard-kicking rocker to brazen biker or neo-noir grifter, you will make a definitive statement wherever you go. We designed these bad asses to be the kinds of hats you can become known for wearing. Formed out of black or brown full-grain smooth leather, our toppers are built to last. The new additions feature remarkable airbrushed, laser engraved designs and eye catching rattlesnake skin overlay.

 

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The Skull N Roses (design by Adam Rose)

 

Adam Rose of Fallen Owl Tattoo is an amazing tattoo artist who sends us his designs to be used in the production of our hats!

 

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The Silver Skull (design by Adam Rose)

 

These styles utilize state-of-the-art laser engraving and airbrushing techniques to perfectly recreate Adam’s absolutely stunning works of art.

 

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The Cocktailer (design by Adam Rose)

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Shipwrecked (design by Adam Rose)

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Balance (design by Adam Rose)

 

Voodoo Hatter lives for biker rallies! Whether it’s the Lone Star rally in Galveston, Texas or the world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally we love absolutely tearing it up with our fans and having a great time.This year’s rallies were especially great. As we attend more and more rallies, Voodoo Hatter becomes more and more recognizable among the community and being able to experience that first hand is incredible!

 

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Downtown Sturgis 2016

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Enjoying Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Voodoo Hatter is even respected among celebrities! We’re absolutely delighted to see such a wide range of stars enjoying our hats!

 

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Steven Tyler of Aerosmith looking absolutely characteristic in an El Dorado

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Elvis Nolasco of American Crime rocking an El Dorado

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Anastasia Baranova of Z Nation wearing an El Dorado.

It really isn’t hard to see why Voodoo Hatter is so well loved! When you put on a topper by Voodoo Hatter it invokes an adventurous spirit that’s sure to take you to new places! When it comes to Voodoo Hatter, the meek need not apply!

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What Happened at Lone Star Rally 2016!

The 2016 Lone Star Motorcycle Rally was a huge success for American Hat Makers! We always have a blast bringing you the absolute highest quality handmade hats available!  Here is what we saw and who we connected with.

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This year, American Hat Makers sponsored the Perewitz Paint Show. Jody Perewitz is the first woman to break 200 miles per hour on an American – made motorcycle, so naturally we at American Hat Makers jumped at the opportunity to get involved with such a genuine badass! We were so happy to have the chance to partner up with Jody and her amazing team. They spent the entire rally promoting us and giving us shout outs on social media. They also put up banners at the Galvez Hotel! Jody was an absolute pleasure to work with, and we’re so glad she’s enjoying her hats and custom key-chains! It was a pleasure working with such great people. Thank you to the Perewitz team!

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Jody fell in love with this style, the Skull N’ Roses! Designed by Adam Rose of Fallen Owl Tattoo, its laser engraved and airbrushed crown were right up her alley, and definitely set her apart from the crowd!

This hat is available on our website: http://www.headnhome.com/skull-n-roses.html

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Jody wearing the Boheme hat with Feather band. $167

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Jody wore her Player for the entire rally! It must’ve been her favorite!

This hat can be purchased on our website: http://www.headnhome.com/player.html

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Jody & Hannah the Marketing Duo promoting each other throughout the whole Rally!

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Dave & Dave hanging up sponsorship banners at the Galvez Hotel.

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Chad, the winner of the Best Graphics Award and proud owner of a badass top hat from Voodoo Hatter! The trophy was designed by Fast Life Garage!

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Dave Silva & Garth Watrous

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Dave wearing the Skull N Roses top hat, which is a rare occasion he doesn’t normally wear hats.

Chopper Master and King of Flames, custom bike genius Dave Perewitz describes the long years, hard work, and unflagging passion that transformed him from a kid with his first motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson Sportster, into a star riding his creations across the television screens of America on Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off. Being able to work with a man who has been a major influence in the custom motorcycle industry for over 30 years offered us a rare look at how a self-taught designer, mechanic, painter, and fabricator managed to build the American dream his own way!

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We met and connected with Karl and Jacquie from Progressive Motorcycle had a blast seeing them enjoy the rally with their new hats from American Hat Makers.

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Where we sold a ton of hats and connected with our customers. One of our biggest highlights was being well-known in the Motorcycle Industry. Everyone knew who Voodoo Hatter was. “We had so much traction from Social Media to our booth it was a rewarding feeling” says Hannah Watrous Director of Marketing and Branding.  We threw out T- shirts giveaways at shows, Voodoo Hatter was everywhere!

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The streets were absolutely lined with top hats! Everybody was lookin’ so stylish!

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Everyone that walked into our booth was amazed by all the different hats and the handmade craftsmanship. We are a luxury brand, our hats are a true investment that comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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If you want a look that sets you apart from the average person and is handmade in America, We’ve got you covered. Stay tuned for the 2017 new hat styles we are working on.

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That’s a wrap for the 2016 Lone Star Motorcycle Rally! See you guys next year! americanhatmakers-voodoo-hatter-galveston-texas-lone-star-rally-24

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Lone Star Rally 2016!

Nov 3 at 9 AM to Nov 6 at 10 PM

With bike, truck, jeep & classic car shows and free concerts on two stages, this year’s Lone Star Rally will be jam packed with entertainment for all ages, day and night, all weekend long, November 3-6, 2016. Known as the largest weekend rally in the country, this Texas size party is truly for those who live life wide open and ride hard. Bands will perform throughout the weekend at Saengerfest Park and at Beach Central Park. Rally goers can also shop ’til they drop at hundreds of vendors offering everything from motorcycle accessories and state-of-the-art after market parts to custom crafted jewelry and hand-tooled leather hats and other accessories throughout downtown Galveston and along the Seawall. Plus, they can check out the coolest new rides on two wheels and four, with legendary bike builders from across the nation showcasing their best in custom paint and design.

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“We come down here every year, I don’t think I’ve missed a year yet,” biker Larry Fuller says. This year he is showing off his favorite Harley Davidson. “It’s my second wife,” he laughs.

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Hundreds of thousands of riders will cross the causeway to Galveston Island for four days of non-stop entertainment. A large part of what makes the Lone Star Rally so unique is its setting. Rally goers take in some of them most spectacular waterfront riding available along the Gulf, coupled with the picturesque architecture and bike-only accessibility of Historic Downtown Galveston. The Island’s many delicious restaurants and unique boutiques also help to place the Lone Star Rally among the best-loved destination rallies in the country.

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This year won’t be American Hat Maker’s first time visiting Lone Star Rally. Last year we had a blast bringing you the absolute best quality, handmade hats and this year we aim to stun our customers with some interesting and unique new styles! This year our booth is going to be located on the corner of 21st & Strand St! We’re super excited to announce that this year we are sponsoring the amazing Jody Perewitz and are even more excited to get her some of our hats!

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Jody Perewitz has been around motorcycles all her life and has become very well-known throughout the motorcycle community for her knowledge of bikes and record-setting driving skills. Manager of Marketing for the nationally renowned Perewitz Cycle Fabrication of Halifax, MA, makers of award-winning customs, she’s also the fastest woman on an American V-Twin: She currently holds 8 Land Speed Records, one of which is a World Record.

 

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Jody shocked the land speed record community with her record smashing performance in her rookie season at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2011 where she set a new land speed record. She literally propelled herself into the record books by being the fastest woman to ever ride an American V-Twin powered motorcyle over 200 mph!

 

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Her machine, 264, is powered by a 100ci V-Twin boasting a super strong Jim’s bottom end, helping the supercharged power plant produce over 230 hp’s!

 

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Don’t miss out on the Perewitz Paint show while you’re visiting the rally! This is an amazing display of custom paint from around the world where bikes will be judged in 3 classes including airbrush, artwork and best use of color with Best of Show receiving a one-of-a-kind Perewitz custom painted trophy.

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Don’t miss out on any of these awesome events or any of our new hat styles at this year’s Lone Star Rally! Galveston is the place to party, November 3-6, 2016. Visit LoneStarRally.com for the latest news and event happenings, and check out American Hat Maker’s social media accounts for updates regarding the rally! Don’t forget that we’re going to be located on the corner of 21st and Strand street!

Our Website: http://www.headnhome.com/

Facebook: American Hat Makers/ Voodoo Hatter

Twitter @americanhatter/@voodoohatter

Instagram: @americanhatmakers/@voodoohatter

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The Decline of the Hat in American Culture

Hats have been a staple of fashion and elegance for millennia. Glance over any picture of a crowd in the early 1900’s and you’d have a hard time finding anyone hat-less! Leaving your house without your hat was comparable to going to work without your pants! So what caused such a popular and widely used accessory to be phased out? During the early 1900’s, a renaissance of self-grooming habits arose which saw the first commercially released PH-Balanced shampoo. This discovery promoted showing off your hair, which would require leaving your hat at home. A May 1908 printing of the New York Times contained an article detailing the processes and benefits of shampooing, saying that hair that is “soft and glossy in appearance and texture” was of utmost desirability, thus encouraging many people to embrace these new hat-less style trends.shampoo

At the start of WWII, any non-essential resource or material was redirected for the wartime effort. This disrupted the availability of many of the materials necessary for the production of different hat styles. Fashion had to respond accordingly, and many man-made materials and alternative processes were developed to replace the scarce resources. Although millinery itself was unrestricted by law, due to extreme rationing, hats became largely unavailable simply due to the fact that they were not a necessary item. Average citizens could not justify using precious rationing coupons on something as frivolous as a hat. Men returning from war had just endured five years of regulated uniforms which did not include hats, and many were not eager to resume wearing them when they returned and simply hung up their helmets and abandoned head wear entirely.

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Years after the end of WWII,  President Dwight D. Eisenhower became a key player in the implementation of a national interstate highway system. His experiences during the 1919 Motor Transport Corps convoy, which was a long distance military convoy that traveled roughly 3000 miles from Washington D.C using the Lincoln Highway, gave him the knowledge necessary to design an effective transport system across the country. While serving as an allied general, he gained an appreciation for Germany’s Reichsautobahn system which was the early version of today’s Autobahn. Eisenhower noted at how quickly a central highway system could be used to deploy troops and resources necessary to combat an invasion or provide relief for an emergency.

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With the implementation of a national highway system, transport in America shifted from bustling, cramped, public transport to using personal automobiles made available by companies such as Chevrolet and Ford. This shift from public to private transit is probably the most to blame for the decline in hats. When using public transit, a large portion of time is spent enduring the elements, whether walking to the bus station or sitting on a bench waiting for the bus to arrive. The unpredictability of the elements made it smart to wear an outfit that could be used in various weather conditions. Therefore, no outfit would be complete without a hat. As more and more citizens made the change to private transit, time spent outside while traveling dwindled greatly. This, coupled with the diminished headroom inside of the average car cabin, made it almost an inconvenience to wear a hat. 1348488portrait-of-former-president-dwight-eisenhower-wearing-cowboy-hat-on-his-190-acre-farm-posters
Presidents and hats have a very storied history.President  John F. Kennedy’s inaugurational speech was the first ever to be broadcast to the nation in color. Coming only about 15 years after the first televised presidential speech, the importance of this event was not lost to the public. Wearing a hat to inauguration was commonplace, and even somewhat regarded as tradition. President John F. Kennedy shook this tradition and ditched his top hat after the first few sentences of his inaugural speech.

 

The impact of this gesture was noticed largely by the young baby boomers, who wished to resist the conformity of their parents and pave their own way.This decision is most widely regarded as the single most impactful event pertaining to the popularity of wearing hats, although the significance was probably increased due to various other social factors at that time.

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As time went on, more and more radical hairstyles developed and the use of hair products continued to rise, with 1964 seeing hairspray as the top-selling beauty product. Rather than being decimated by the actions of one man, the hat was metaphorically hung up due to a rise in youth culture in the 1960’s and the suppression of formality in all areas of life.

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