Dia De Los Muertos party!

Today, American Hat Makers threw a party to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos! We had a blast showing off our festivity and eating some delicious pan dulce with everyone. We had a costume contest so everyone could vote on who they thought was the most festive, and even played some fun games! On top of everything, we set up an altar to honor those who have passed on. Overall it was a great day of fun and bonding between all of our team members. Here are some pictures!

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Happy Halloween from American Hat Makers!

We at American Hat Makers always have such a great time around this time of year! Seeing everyone’s attitude flow in their Halloween costumes is so inspiring, and drives us to create the most unique and eye catching styles possible! One of our talented designers, Ruby Roxanne, lives for Halloween. Every year, she goes all out for her costume, and this year she designed a couple all-new couture hats to flaunt at her Halloween party! The first of which is a wickedly sassy interpretation of a witches hat!

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This one-of-a-kind stunner is the tallest hat we’ve ever made! Standing at a staggering 2.5 feet tall, this hat is a guaranteed eye-catcher. This hat was designed to give off a wickedly glamorous witch vibe, and features leather lace around the crown, a laser engraved moon decorated with swarovski crystals, pink ombre hair draped around the crown, and is finally topped off with a sassy bird that stares into your soul with aurora borealis eyes. This isn’t the only hat Ruby designed this Halloween…

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Behold the Dia De Los Muertos couture hat! This style is made with an extra wide felt brim, and a leather crown and top. Ruby says that the movie “The Book of Life” inspired this hat. In the movie, the goddess La Muerte wears this style of hat, and Ruby couldn’t resist replicating it for Halloween!

 

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Ruby isn’t the only one who likes to express creativity around Halloween. Garth and Hannah rocked the Pirate and truly looked like a pair of salty sea dogs! Gary the dastardly desperado was no match for Garth’s sword skills!

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One stylishly creepy design perfect for Halloween would be the Escape! Designed by Adam Rose of Fallen Owl Tattoo, this terrifying hat features monstrous teeth bursting from the hatband, and is topped with an airbrushed and laser engraved anatomical zombie brain on top of the hat. This style is only available for a limited time, so get yours today!

Halloween is a time when people’s creativity comes out in full force, and seeing all of the amazing ways that our hats are worn as part of costumes is always so fulfilling. Here are some awesome examples of some ways that our hats can enhance your costumes!

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We hope everyone has an awesome and safe Halloween, and don’t forget to share all of your crazy costumes with us on social media! We love to see all the ways you express yourself.

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The Vaughnberry “Silent Echos” Fashion Show!

Ruby Roxanne, the fabulous creative mind who has imagined some of our amazing hat styles recently partnered with Bryan Vaughn for the Vaughnberry “Silent Echos” Fashion show, a part of Fashion Week San Diego. Ruby was asked to help design some top hats to “top off” the outfits that Bryan was showcasing, and happily took him up on the chance to be involved with such a stunning display of wearable art. Having met in San Diego a while back, Ruby was always appreciative of how dedicated Bryan was to his craft. Never missing a chance to stay up working through the early hours of the morning, Bryan always gave his all. Bryan graduated from the Art Institute of San Diego, and quickly directed his efforts towards designing men’s fashion. A unique aspect of all of Bryan’s designs is that although many of them are designated as men’s fashion, they have the ability to be worn by anyone who dares to be beautiful. This particular collection, “Silent Echos” is Bryan’s Spring/Summer 2018 fashion endeavor. The inspiration for this collection came from a photograph that Bryan took, featuring silent, snowy trees in the dead of winter.

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The inspiration for the “Silent Echos” collection.

Ruby designed 5 stylish couture hats for this show. Each hat was meant to complement and accent the outfit, rather than acting as the center of attention.

 

 

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First, Ruby designed an understated, subtle, yet striking version of our Stove Piper. This hat is simply one of our collar bands on a Stove Piper, both of which can be ordered through our website.

 

 

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Next, Ruby designed a hat band made of silver, snowy branches to adorn one of our Toppers, and to complement the winter theme of the show.

 

 

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Ruby designed this fascinator with a white ostrich feather burst, with a center of black ostrich feathers to contrast the piece. This fascinator is finished off with a snowy branch in the middle, adorned with a white snowbird. Paired with a handmade Vaughnberry dress made of ostrich and duck feathers, this outfit was truly a showstopper. Ruby is working on adding fascinators into our line of couture hats, so stay tuned for more info!

 

 

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Fashion Designer Bryan Vaughn wearing the “Silent Echos” top hat.

Next we have the Vaughnberry “Silent Echos” top hat. Ruby laser engraved the show’s eponymous photo into a gunsmoke ultra suede leather Stove Piper, showcasing every inch of the photo in extreme detail. Finally, the image is framed within a leather embellishment.

 

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This hat, named the Black Raven, is a Stove Piper adorned with black ostrich feathers, black diamond crystals, and a double satin ribbon around the crown.

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All in all, the fashion show was a gorgeous expose of the intricacies of style and Bryan Vaughn’s talent. The Vaughnberry website is now taking orders so go show your support of an amazing designer and find a style that is guaranteed to draw eyes. Below are the rest of the photos from the show, which were all taken by 656 Photography and H photography. If you want to stay connected to more of these events in the future check out Ruby Roxanne and Vaughnberry on social media!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cemi Guzman and Alexandra Vino helped us out with a photo shoot!

 

We recently had an absolutely fantastic photo shoot with the wonderfully talented models Alexandra Vino and Cemi Guzman! The amazing designer Ruby Roxanne met up with them in L.A at a beautiful residence, and took it from there. Ruby’s eye for fashion and the technique of a master photographer, paired up with Alexandra and Cemi’s photogenic attitude made this photo shoot a real success. We had an absolute blast, and the photos we received were gorgeous! If anyone was meant to model our hats, it was them!

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Company Culture: Keeping it weird!

 

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!

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Jacob’s Gallery: Talent, Dedication, and Achievement!

 

 

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.

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The interior of Jacob’s Gallery

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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.

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“Fat Boy” one of Scott’s original Harley-Davidson paintings

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.

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“In Your Dreams” a painting featuring Scott’s daughter, Olivia.

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.

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Alexa and Olivia inside Jacob’s Gallery

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“Smoking Gun” by Alexa Jacobs

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Alexa with Christiev Carothers and Big Kenny.

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Alexa with her painting, Smoking Gun.

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Alexa with Scott and his wife.

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Alexa with Dolly Parton.

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!

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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!

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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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