The Headwear Association 111th Annual Dinner

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.

This year’s dinner is a bit of a special time for not just us here at American Hat Makers, but for everyone at the Headwear Association. Garth’s term as president has come to an end, and at tonight’s dinner we are passing the torch to Gerry Miller Jr.

“Serving as president has been an ultimate honor”, says Garth. “Being able to usher new business relationships and do my part to drive the hat industry to new heights has been such a gift.”

The night went so splendidly. Naturally, we started with the business end of things, and to unwind after that we had a little cocktail hour. After that, we had a wonderful fashion show featuring all of the new styles that everyone is testing out. It was absolutely amazing!


Seeing all the gorgeous outfits made us quite hungry, and we ate a fabulous dinner to prep us for the awards show. Retailer of the Year went to Hatsational!

The Ben Rosenthal Award went to Douglas Highsmith of Dorfman Pacific hat company.

The Lieberman Award went to the one and only Garth Watrous of American Hat Makers.

And finally, the Fit Scholarship went to Marisa Belfiore.

Hannah and Carol Fit Professor Millinery and Accessories Dept

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Flashback pictures of Garth and Hannah Watrous

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Socializing at the event

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Board Meeting

This year the headwear Association provided pedicabs to shuttle us to The Boathouse.

On corner of 5th Ave and 72nd and look for the pedicab drivers in the RED KANGOL Hats.

Thank you Ruby Roxanne for designing Hannah’s Hats every year.

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Until next time!!

Ana’s Baby Shower!

One of our amazing team members, Ana, is expecting a new addition to the family next month. Everyone at American Hat Makers is excitedly awaiting the arrival of the newborn, so we decided to show our love for Ana and throw her a baby shower! We always take the opportunity to show our appreciation and support of all of our team members, and were grateful to be able throw an awesome party in celebration of Ana. All in all, it was an awesome day spent celebrating our beloved team member and this new chapter in her life. Here are some pictures we took at the party!

 

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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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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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Grammy Award Celebrity Sighting!

This Saturday February 11, 2017 we attended another Pre-Grammy Gifting Suite! This time it was located at the McLaren Auto Gallery in Beverlly Hills. Here are all of the hot celebrities that just fell in love with our hats.

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Casper Smart (Actor) wearing a Summit in Black

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Ally Brooke from Fifth Harmony (Singer) wearing a Black Summit

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Kandi Burruss from Real Housewives Atlanta wearing a Kraken

 

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Kaya Jones from the Pussycat Dolls wearing a Havisham 

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Masiela Lusha from George Lopez wearing a Wisdom

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Stephen Kramer Glickman from Big Time Rush wearing a El Dorado Buffalo Band

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Mark Thomas (Tv Personality) wearing a Soho

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Steven Lee Olsen & Girlfriend. He is wearing a Summit in Navy and she is wearing a Havisham

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Pandora Vanderpump wearing a Summit

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Tat Tong wearing a Summit

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Laura Spencer from Big Bang Theory wearing a Summit

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Jenna Willis (Actress) wearing a Summit in Navy

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Edwin Hodge from SIX wearing a Trilby in Pewter

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Brian Justin Crum from America’s Got Talent wearing a Summit in Black

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Jake Miller (singer/songwriter) wearing a Summit in Navy

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Angell Conwell (Actress) wearing Trilby in Pewter

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Kissk (Rapper) wearing a El Dorado Buffalo Band

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Sofi Tukker (Musical Duo) she is wearing a Summit in Navy he is wearing a Trilby in Pewter

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Marsai Martin from Black-ish loved the Havisham

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Four kids from Make a Wish Foundation that got to experience the Grammy’s!

Overall, it was a successful event! Stay tuned for the Oscar Pre-Award Gifting Suite

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The Myth of Finding the Perfect Hat

Just as the shopkeeper told Harry Potter, “The wand chooses the wizard…” so does the hat choose you!

It is not an unusual occurrence that someone will come into the shop and say they are “just looking” and don’t want our help. But they go on to try on hat after hat, looking for the “right one” while our sales person is standing by, hat in hand, waiting patiently.

You see, our sales people are trained hat whisperers, and they know how to listen. They can see the customer’s energy and can listen to which hat is calling to them.

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Beth Watrous helping customers pick their perfect hat.

Our sales people may ask you a few questions to help narrow your options, such as:

  • Is this hat for everyday wear or a special occasion?
  • What kind of music do you like to listen to?

Meanwhile, they are checking out your vibe, your style – do you seem to like attention, want to me noticed? Or perhaps you are more subtle, want to hang back a bit?

No matter what your style, from Steampunk to Outback, we have got your topper!

There is an art to picking the right hat – one that creates symmetry and brings balance to your face.

The right hat complements the features you have, accentuating the positive and creating harmony.

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Jamie Foxx and his daughter Annalise Bishop wearing the Wisdom

If you have a round face, a flat bill may make your face look rounder, so you may want to avoid that style. Tilt your hat back a bit, if it is tilted forward your face may look shorter.

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Madison Hu wearing a Summit 

If your face is longer, pick a hat that will shorten the appearance of your face. Perhaps a Fedora, jauntily tilted to the side?

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Drake Bell wearing the Summit

If you are like me and have a square face, well then, that wide brim might be calling to you. Pick a hat with some curve to it to soften the hard angles.

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Brando Eaton wearing a Cyclone

The right hat can make all the difference – it can bring you to the forefront or give you a quiet confidence.

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It can also transport you to another realm completely, so tread carefully, and trust the hat!


If you would like to read more about selecting and wearing your next hat, check out these links:

From The Art of Manliness

From Men Style Fashion

From Articles of Style

From Essential Style for Men

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Written for American Hat Makers By Jessica Johnson