The amazingly talented Lindsey Stirling!

Lindsey Stirling  is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer.


She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, which she created in 2007. Stirling performs a variety of music styles, from classical to pop and rock to electronic dance music. Aside from original work, her discography contains covers of songs by other musicians and various soundtracks. Her music video, “Crystallize” finished as the eighth-most watched video of 2012, and her cover version of “Radioactive” with Pentatonix won Response of the Year in the first Youtube Music Awards in 2013. Stirling achieved one million singles sold worldwide by August 2014. As of July 2016, her Lindseystomp YouTube channel exceeded 8 million subscribers and over a billion total views. Stirling has been named in Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 In Music: The Class Of 2015. Forbes notes her quarter-finalist position on America’s Got Talent in 2010, a No. 2 position on the Billboard 200 for her second album Shatter Me in 2014, and her 8 million subscribers on YouTube. Stirling’s debut album was a commercial success in Europe, selling 200,000 copies in Germany, winning a platinum certification; three additional certifications were given by Austria, Switzerland and Poland. The debut album was nominated for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards for Top Dance/ Electronic album. Stirling’s second album Shatter Me won the 2015 Billboard Music Awards for Top Dance/Electronic Album. Check out this awesome video, Roundtable Rival, to see just how talented Lindsey is!



Her dancers are always so coordinated and alluring! It’s always such a pleasure watching one of Lindsey’s videos. She’s so obviously passionate about what she does, seeing someone create something so beautiful and genuine is so inspiring!



Lindsey and the Roundtable Rival dancers. The top hat on the left is a Trinket!

Stirling describes her childhood as being raised in a modest household and stated “I would not trade my humble childhood years for anything else. Due to her family’s financial limitations, her parents could only afford to find a violin teacher who would give her half lessons. Told by instructors that “a child isn’t going to learn how to play in 15 minutes a week”, her parents persisted, and at the age of five she began taking violin lessons. You can see where this led!



Lindsey with the Master of Tides dancers. The hats pictured here are the Pipefitter, Kraken, and Trinket!

Nowadays, Lindsey is recording amazing music and stunning crowds with performance pieces like “Master of Tides”. Lindsey partnered with UE Boom to create a live, spontaneous performance piece in a crowded plaza and filmed it with hidden cameras! Check out this one-of-a-kind performance!






Whenever we get the chance to partner with such a unique, creative-minded individual such as Lindsey, we’re reminded of why we do what we do! At American Hat Makers, we strive to create masterful pieces of art, so that artists like Lindsey can achieve their vision and continue to fill the world with captivating and genuine art!



Tips from the Hat Experts!

How should I store my hat?
Several American Hat Makers hat styles feature a brim that is sloped downwards, both at the front and the back of the hat, which greatly contributes to the distinctive look of these hat styles. To prevent your hat brim from losing its distinctive contour, it is important that you DO NOT store your hat on a flat surface for any great length of time. For these hat styles, particularly (and any of our hat styles, generally), it is best to store them suspended, instead of on a flat surface. You can suspend your hat on the hat cone that came in the box that your hat was shipped in (portable hat cones can be purchased from our website). In lieu of a hat cone, you can store your hat on a coffee can, or an upturned roll of paper towels (or even a bowling ball).

How can I clean my hat?
There are different methods for cleaning the many different materials used in making American Hat Maker’s hats. It’s best to follow the care and cleaning directions for your specific hat (printed on the label in the hat).


Following are suggestions for cleaning some of the materials used in making American Hat Maker’s hats:

You can try using a very fine-grained sandpaper to gently sand away the dirt, but be careful to NOT sand where there is thread, as the thread could then come unraveled.

Another option is to purchase a Suede Bar, which (as mentioned on our website) “is perfect for light colored leathers. Takes out oils and soils without the use of water.” A Suede Bar is included as part of our Cleaning Kit, which can be purchased from our website (



Finished Leather
To clean finished leather, just using a damp cloth will usually do a very nice job. If you want to do a more extensive cleaning, you can use saddle soap or boot cream.


How should I clean my Cabana?
Our Cabana style hats are made of Nylon and Polyester. They can be hand-washed using a mild detergent (like dish-washing liquid), then air-dried. You can use a brush to scrub stubborn spots. It is best to let your Cabana air-dry suspended on a coffee can or a roll of paper towels (just as you should store it) to maintain the distinctive sloped contour of the brim.


How should I clean/maintain my Sweat Patches?
One of the great features of an American Hat Maker’s hat is the removable and washable Sweat Patch. When the Sweat Patch becomes saturated, just pull to remove it from the Velcro that holds it in place. Once removed, the Sweat Patch should be hand-washed using a mild detergent (like dishwashing liquid), then air-dried. Once dry, the Sweat Patch can be reattached via the Velcro. IMPORTANT: To prevent perspiration staining of the hat, Sweat Patches should be washed frequently (i.e., whenever the Sweat Patch becomes saturated).


How can I get extra Sweat Patches and Size Reducers?
Although our high-quality hats are designed to last forever, our Sweat Patches are not. If you frequently wear your hat (as most of our customers do), the Sweat Patch will eventually need to be replaced. Additional Sweat Patches, as well as Size-Reducers (Full-Size and Half-Size) that will reduce the size of your hat by one full-size or 1 half-size (and serve the double-purpose of also being functional as Sweat Patches), can be purchased from our website at

How can I reshape my hat brim?
Several of American Hat Maker’s styles feature a brim that is sloped downwards, both at the front and back of the hat, which greatly contributes to the distinctive look of these hat styles. To prevent your hat brim from losing its distinctive contour, it is important that you DO NOT store your hat on a flat surface for any great length of time. To restore the brim to its distinctive shape, roll the front of the brim downwards into a tight cylindrical shape, then unroll the brim. Repeat the same process on the back of the brim. Repeat the process on both the front and back of the brim as many times as necessary.

Can you refurbish my hat (if so, what refurbishing is done, and how much does it cost)?
American Hat Makers does provide refurbishing of our hats. Refurbishing includes replacing the trim on the brim of the hat, a thorough cleaning, and the cost of shipping your hat back to you (all for only $35.00).

Can I pack my hat in a suitcase? If so, how?
Our Crusher style hats are completely “crushable”, and can be easily wadded up and packed in a suitcase. Some of our other styles (Such as Breeze and Cabana) are also considered “crushable.” To pack either of these style hats in a suitcase, fold the brim up on the sides of the hat (like a taco), lay it on its side and stuff socks inside the crown of the hat so that it doesn’t get squashed flat (It is important to note that, after unpacking your hat, it may not return to its original perfect shape).

What kind of sun-protection do your hats provide?
Our Leathers and suedes not only offer all-season rain protection, but also offer 100% UV protection. With a UPF of over 50 you will not get more sun protection from any headwear this light weight. Our all mesh hats still block out over 80% of the sun’s harmful rays.14462827_1192758154116649_2817357788879361719_n.jpg

How weather resistant are your hats?
Our SolAir and American Outback hats handle weather without any problems. Rain or snow poses no worries for the wearer, and with 100% UV Protection, that applies to sunshine as well!


Are your hats fade resistant?
Although fading is ultimately inevitable , many of our leathers and fabrics have been treated to resist fading due to sun exposure. You can expect a lifetime of performance from our hats.

Are your hats water resistant?
Many of our leathers and fabrics have been treated with water-resisting compounds. Most of our hats shed water like rain off a duck’s back. Though it is not generally necessary, some customers choose to reapply scotch-guard or other chemicals after years of use.


Do your hats shrink?
Our hats are made of only the most durable leathers and do not generally shrink or expand. Leather is an organic material, however, and should be treated with care. Subjecting any leather product to prolonged instances of extreme heat or dryness can have the effect of drying out and shrinking. For this reason, you should avoid storing your hat in the follow places: Closed vehicles on hot days, ovens, fireplaces. etc.

Just how “crushable” are your hats?
Our Crusher style hats are completely “crushable”, and can be easily wadded up and packed in a suitcase. Some of our other styles (e.g., our Breeze and Cabana styles) are also somewhat “crushable.” To pack either of these style hats in a suitcase, fold the brim up on the sides of the hat (like a taco), lay it on its side and stuff socks inside the crown of the hat so that it doesn’t get squashed flat (It is important to note that, after unpacking your hat, it may not return to its original perfect shape).


What are your specific guarantees?
Each hat comes with a Lifetime Guarantee on workmanship and materials. There is also a satisfaction guarantee on anything you order. If it does not meet or exceed your expectations, simply return it within 10 days in new condition for a full refund. Also if the hat you order for yourself or someone else does not fit for any reason you may exchange it for the correct size.


What can I do if my hatband falls off?
Although many of our hatbands are sewn on, some of our hatbands are simply adhered to the hat with contact cement. Our hatbands will usually remain adhered indefinitely, and only on rare occasions will the hatband come loose. If, however, the hatband does come loose, it can be re-adhered with contact cement.


What if I find that the hat I purchased is too big?
If the American Hat Makers hat you purchased is just a little too big, you should be able to achieve a comfortable fit with one of our Size Reducers. We include one Full Size-Reducer and one Half Size-Reducer (that will reduce the size of your hat by one full-size or one half-size, and serve the double-purpose of also being functional as a Sweat Patch) with every hat that we ship. Additional Size-Reducers can be purchased from our website at


What if I find that the hat I purchased is too small?
If the American Hat Makers hat you purchased is just a little too small, you can try the following procedure for stretching the hat to increase the hat size slightly:

1. Put your knee in the crown of the hat, with the front of the hat facing you.
2. Put your fingers on the inside front of the hat.
3. Pull towards you, while pushing with your knee in the opposite direction.

This trick often works if you just need to stretch the hat slightly, but use caution in applying too much pressure, as you don’t want to destroy your hat.

What is the best way to determine what size of hat I should order?
As hat sizes are somewhat inconsistent throughout the industry (one company’s size 7 ½ could be vastly different from another’s), it would probably be best to measure.

A few tips for correctly finding your head size:
Get a friend’s help! It makes it easier.

You should measure the circumference of your head half way up your forehead and one finger’s width above your ears. Pull the tape to about the tightness you would like to wear a hat (you can use a string and then measure it if you don’t have a tape), but put a finger between the tape and your head to allow for a little room (it’s best not to measure with just the tape measure pulled tight around your head, or you might end up getting a hat that is too tight). Take this measurement 3 times or until you get a consistent reading.

Once you have a consistent measurement, you can view the Size Chart on our website ( to determine which size hat to order.



Can I exchange the hat I purchased for a different hat (if so, how)?
If you are dissatisfied with your hat purchase for any reason (e.g., wrong size, wrong style, wrong color), you may certainly exchange your hat for a different hat.

To expedite processing of your return, please go to our website ( and fill out a return form. It’s important that you include any pertinent information with your return, such as your Return Shipping Address, and the reason for the return. Be sure to also include the color, size, and style of the hat you are returning (as well as the color, size, and style of the hat you want to exchange it for).

How do I install a chinstrap on one of your hats that I have?
If your hat has a mesh crown, you can simply string the chinstrap through the mesh. First, poke 1 hole on each side of the seam at the back of the crown, making sure that the holes are large enough to accommodate passing the chinstrap through them (it’s best to use something with a tapered tip, like a pen or pencil, but a metal awl works best). Second, push the ends of the chinstrap through the 2 holes (from inside to outside). Next, poke 2 more holes (one on the right side, and one on the left side) in the middle of the crown, just above the hatband. Then, push the ends of the chinstrap through the 2 holes (from outside to inside). Finally, push both ends of the chinstrap (one at a time works best) through the adjusting bead to complete the installation.

Do you do custom work?
As we are extremely busy trying to keep up with the tremendous demand for our high-quality hats, we are unable to do any customizing at this time.

Can I check the status of my order?
As all of our hats are handmade to order, and due to increased desire for our high-quality hats, we ask that you please allow up to 3 weeks for your order to ship. If it has been more than 3 weeks since you placed your order, please feel free to call us at 1 (800) 642-3428 to check the status of your order.

How can I track my order?
If you provided us with your email address when you placed your order, we will send you an email to confirm shipment (which will include tracking information) when we ship your order.

How can I reach the Salesperson I met at the Fair?
To contact a salesperson that you met at a fair, send an email message to, including the name of the salesperson (if you remember it) and the name of the fair. We will forward the email message to the appropriate salesperson’s emailbox.

Are there any Fairs that will be in my area soon?
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How long will it be before my order is shipped?
All of our hats are handmade to order. Due to increased desire for our high-quality hats, please allow up to 3 weeks for your order to ship. Please be patient, it is worth the wait!




GBK’S First Annual Naughty or Nice Giving Lounge


Breeda Wool in a Summit

This year’s first annual GBK Naughty or Nice Gifting Lounge is going to be epic! American Hat Makers is excited to be able to attend this event and make a difference out in the community! For those who don’t know, GBK’s Celebrity Gifting Suites bring together high profile celebrities and product manufacturers and brands in order to generate awareness of charitable issues, and to give manufacturers international coverage of their products.


Greer Grammer in a Cyclone

Individuals bid on the opportunity to attend a lounge with the celebrity of their choice, and have the opportunity to get their product into the hands of some of the most influential people around! It’s always a great opportunity to get to meet so many amazing people and to share the products we are so passionate about!


Dolvett Quince

At American Hat Makers our mission is to provide our customers with distinctive, one-of-a-kind, artisan hats made by hand with the finest materials sourced and produced in the United States. Above and beyond the creation of superior products, we are dedicated to treating our customers and employees with compassion, integrity, and a commitment to bettering our community through service, philanthropy, and open-heartedness. Around the holiday season, we at American Hat Makers like to reflect on how blessed and fortunate we are, so we jumped at another chance to work with Gavin at GBK to make a positive impact in the community! His connections truly have what it takes to launch a company to the next level!

Anastasia Baranova in an El Dorado.

Anastasia Baranova was born in Moscow, Russia, in what was then part of the Soviet Union. As a child, she began modeling in Moscow. In 1998, Baranova and her mother, Ata, moved from Russia to Minnesota in the United States, where she continued to model. In 2000, they moved to California, where Baranova began her acting career. Baranova began her acting career in 2002 with a small speaking role on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. She then won the lead role for the Discovery Kids/ NBC television series Scout’s Safari, playing the character Jennifer Lauer. To learn the English language, she used the Jumpstart CD-ROM series and took speech and singing classes. She is fluent in both Russian and English, and studied at Chapman University. In 2014, Baranova joined the cast of the Syfy post-apocalyptic horror-comedy-drama series Z Nation, playing the role of Addison “Addy” Carver.



Gilles Marini in a Cyclone

  Gilles Marini is a french-american actor known for his roles in the film Sex and the City and in the television shows Brother and Sister and Switched at Birth. After working as a baker in his father’s bakery since he was eight years old and high school, he joined the French army and was stationed in Paris, where he served as a fireman in the Paris Fire Brigade. It was in Paris where Marini met Fred Goudon, a photographer who introduced him to the world of modeling. After fulfilling his military duties, he went to the United States to learn English while working as a model. He began his career as a model in his early twenties. One of his first jobs was a television commercial for Bud Light beer. He made his acting debut at the age of 29, in the 2005 horror flick Screech of the Decapitated.



Jimmy Jean-Louis in a Cyclone

Jimmy Jean-Louis (born August 8, 1968) is a Haitian actor and model best known for his role as “the Haitian” on the NBC television series Heroes. Jean-Louis was born in Petionville, near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He lived there until the age of twelve, when he moved to Paris with his family to pursue a modeling career, after moving he experienced a culture shock because of the rural to city lifestyle change. He enrolled in business courses, but quickly realized that his heart lay in performance, and studied at the Académie Internationale de la Danse. His parents returned to Haiti, but Jean-Louis and his brother remained in Paris. Around a decade later in 1991, producers discovered Jean-Louis during one of his dancing stints in a French club, who were impressed. They tapped him to appear in a Coca-Cola advertisement, the success of which prompted the Jean-Louis to spend several years modeling across Europe. He was very successful in London, working for such notables as Gianfranco Ferre and Valentino. Before finding success as a model, he was homeless at times in Paris. By the mid-’90s, he was gracing music videos by such stars as Mariah Carey, Seal, and George Michael, and appearing in low-budget “independent” films in Los Angeles.



Krista Marie Yu in a Summit.

Krista Marie Yu was born on October 25, 1988 in Alameda, California, USA. She is an actress notable for her role as Molly on the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken. She has been a guest on television series that include The Thundermans, Agent Carter, Switched at Birth, The Middle, and Cougar Town. She has been featured in the major motion pictures The Darkness and Love the Coopers.

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Cerina Vincent in a limited edition Double G hat.

Cerina Vincent is an American actress and writer best known for playing Maya the Yellow Galaxy Ranger in the television series Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, as well as her film appearances in Not Another Teen Movie, Cabin Fever, It Waits, and Everybody Wants to Be Italian. She has written three books with Jodi Lipper, and writes a regular column for The Huffington Post.


This year’s event is going to be held at OUE Skyspace LA inside the U.S Bank tower and we’re beyond excited to see the beautiful view of Los Angeles and enjoy the holiday season!


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