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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Deadwood, South Dakota

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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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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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Sun protection at it’s finest, SolAir Hats!

Here at American Hat Makers we manufacture a line of hats for any occasion. Our SolAir Hats brand is our line of the finest quality sun hats available. Who doesn’t love spending time soaking up the sun? I don’t know about you, but I’m most at home with my feet in the sand and a good book to read. As important as it is to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature, it’s more important to keep yourself protected from the suns harmful rays. SolAir Hats can help.

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One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once. When you take these facts into account, it’s not difficult to see just how important it is to take care of your skin! Wearing a wide-brimmed hat is essential for safely enjoying the outdoors.

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When you’re protecting yourself from the suns rays, not just any hat will do. You need one of the finest sun hats available. SolAir Hats have a UPF 50+ rating, guaranteeing that the suns harmful UV rays are blocked out. The crown of each SolAir Hat utilizes a durable, breathable mesh to give the hat breathability, insuring you stay cool. The waterproofed suede and top grain leather used in the brim and top of the hat repel rain, mist, and sea spray, allowing these hats to follow you anywhere!

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Business Highlight: Chapel Hats

Chapel Hats is a nationwide chain of high-end hat stores that is dedicated to providing a fun environment in which the consumer can find a hat that’s perfect for them. Every Chapel Hats store has a story to tell. An interesting fact about Chapel Hats is that they partner with architectural salvage companies to reclaim wood and iron to build the shelves, tables and cash counters used in their stores. Each store is built on history with the use of old pieces, and salvage from old shops, factories, schools, pubs, churches, etc. When you step foot in any of their shops you will be taken to a different time period!

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Chapel’s Chinook location.

We first got involved with Chapel Hats 6 years ago at a Las Vegas trade show. John Mckernan, owner and founder of Chapel Hats, came into our booth and remarked at how much he loved our Steampunk Hatter line. We instantly hit it off! John is honest, open, and willing to try new things, which is one of the core values we employ here at American Hat Makers. John is a knowledgeable buyer who is dedicated to the organic growth of his company and isn’t in a rush when it comes to the way he runs his business. The values he employs in his company insures that he does not get too big too fast and lose touch with his clientele.

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John is well known among hat enthusiasts for the impact his chain of shops has had on the hat world. By making high end, high quality hats more widely available to the public, a resurgence of hat styles has been started. Each location has a wide variety of styles in order to cater to a larger demographic. Chapel hats has a reputation for stocking new and cutting edge styles that keep them ahead of the curve when it comes to fashion.

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Working with such dedicated people, such as those at Chapel Hats, is always so rewarding. Our shared interest in hats and hat-making has really made Chapel Hats a part of the American Hat Makers family. Sharing such similar company values and culture has made Chapel Hats a pleasure to partner with! If you’re ever around one of their amazing locations go check them out! The vintage appeal of their stores is only surpassed by the many fashionable hat styles they carry!

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