Single Contour and Double Contour bands. What’s the difference?

Here at American Hat Makers, we offer a wide range of Hat Bands to accompany our hats. We offer some of our hat styles un-banded, which gives you the option to choose your own band from the various options we offer, or to make your own and make your hat truly unique! There is one key difference between the different bands we offer. Depending on the style of hat you have, you’ll need either a Single Contour or Double Contour band.

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A single contour crown with a single contour band.

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A double contour crown with a double contour band.

Virtually any other hat company offers their hats utilizing a single contour design. For some of our hats, such as the Cyclone, the Silverado, and any of our fedora styles, there is only one contour around the crown, so you would need a Single Contour band.

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The Silverado (Single Contour)

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The Soho (Single Contour)

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The Cyclone (Single Contour)

For our top hat styles, such as an El Dorado or a Coachman, and our outdoor styles such as a Crusher or a Breeze, the crown features two contours instead of one. This gives the hat a more exaggerated style, and causes to hat to flow around the ears rather than going straight across your head. These styles would need a Double Contour band.

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The Crusher (Double Contour)

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The Breeze (Double Contour)

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The El Dorado (Double Contour)

When ordering a hat band on our website, make sure you select which contour option would suit your hat the best, and if you have any questions or concerns you can always give us a call at 1-800-642-3428!

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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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A huge thank you to Star Binding/Printing Company!

Lately here at American Hat Makers, one of our biggest goals has been designing and attaining all new tip stickers for the inside of our hats. These stickers are meant to carry our name out into the world, and make sure that our hats are marked and noticeable so people know just where they came from! Hannah, our marketing director, spent months going from company to company trying to find a suitable match for manufacturing our tip stickers but to no avail. That is, until we found Star Binding/Printing Company!

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Our all new tip sticker design, thanks to Star Printing!

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In business for over 103 years, Star Binding/Printing are experts at what they do. Family owned since 1914, and providing exceptional service ever since, it’s very clear that they have made a name for themselves in the printing world. We were so excited when we came across them because we knew we had found our match. They worked with us so diligently in the design of our tip stickers and went to every length to insure that we were satisfied that we couldn’t go on without giving this awesome company a shout out. They said they love working with people in the hat industry because there are so many unique, interesting, and wonderful individuals they come across, and that everyone is so connected with each other! As far as their facility goes, it’s chock-full of original, antiquated equipment that was used since the start of the company. They even have an authentic Thomas Edison Dictaphone from 1878 on display!

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The Thomas Edison Dictaphone!

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Stuart’s grandfather (on the right) is still in charge of the company!

Their CEO is a man by the name of Stuart and he is the brains behind the operation, and is personally involved in every aspect of the company. He went to every length possible to deliver a product that was not only of the utmost quality, but carried us through the process with ultimate customer service. If you’re ever looking for a tip sticker or anything related to the countless other amazing services they provide, you can’t go wrong with choosing Star Printing/Binding! Here’s a link to their website!

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Garth and Stuart Zatlin – CEO
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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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Genuine American Hero: Steve Viola

It’s not too often we hear stories of true, genuine American heroes. Command Master Chief Navy SEAL Steve Viola is one such hero. He’s a man that has seen just about everything and overcome every variety of challenge that life has posed him with. Overcoming these issues, Steve says, is all about how you approach them.

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Garth, Hannah and Steve at Steve’s 30 year retirement ceremony.

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There’s two ways to do something. The right way, or again. In Steve’s eyes, failures are not a bad thing. They are instead an opportunity to learn and improve. It’s all about humbleness. The ability to analyze and learn from your mistakes is what separates the achievers from those who merely try. Although highly decorated, Steve’s path to heroism was not without obstacles. Initially, Steve desired to do a 2 year service and return to college, however during his term a friend convinced him to attend BUD/S or Basic Underwater Demolitions/SEAL training. After a grueling 6 weeks of SEAL training, Steve failed the running test by only two seconds. Determined to prove himself, he returned 6 months later, only to fail the water treading test. You know what they say, the third time’s the charm. After finally passing BUD/S, Steve was deployed in the Gulf War. Sometime during his service, he was recommended to attend the Green Beret Medic School. During his attendance there, he failed the final exam by only a few points. This meant he had to repeat the course from day 1. Steve doesn’t look at the setbacks as detrimental however, instead viewing them as beneficial. Steve says that repeating all of the training for BUD/S and the Green Beret Medic School only made him better at it because he had been practicing it for so long.

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Steve rocking a Pirate

Steve says that your failures do not define you. He comes from a community where the difficult is done immediately, and the impossible is done by appointment. Everyone is a work in progress and learning from your mistakes is what gives us the ability to improve ourselves. In his words, his primary mission is to help everyone willing to improve to succeed in life. Take it from someone who’s seen everything and overcome countless adversities, if you have a capable attitude you will see results!

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A case displaying Steve’s many awards and medals.

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Why choose American Hat Makers?

Are you looking to revitalize your sales with unique, high-quality products? For over 40 years, family owned American Hat Makers has offered superior quality and design across seven product lines. Our hats are proudly cut and sewn by hand in our 17,000 sq. foot facility in Watsonville, California, with attention down to the last detail. We stand confidently behind each and every item we make, and offer a lifetime guarantee on our entire line of products. At American Hat Makers our mission is to provide our customers with distinctive, one-of-a-kind, artisan hats cut and sewn by hand with the finest materials. 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-hearted-ness.

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American Hat Makers is currently in a period of hyper growth. We recently moved facilities, into a building 3x larger than our previous site. We want to take this opportunity to reach out and make new relationships with retail and wholesale partners, so that everyone may share and benefit from this growth.

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All of our hats are assembled in house, allowing for a close eye to be kept on quality and consistency. We offer a lifetime guarantee on any product we manufacture, because they truly do last a lifetime. American Hat Makers offers an unconditional buyback program on any stock not sold, so there is no risk! If some of our hats do not sell, simply let us know and we will buy them back! With no dead inventory, there truly is no risk to buying American Hat Makers.

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The world of American Hat Makers is far reaching. Our styles have been seen on the heads of countless celebrities and been featured in major motion pictures. This is a formal invitation for you to take the next leap that will push your business to the next level! We want to help you start selling a significant volume of the worlds highest quality hats with some of the highest margins anywhere!

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The Sky is No Limit!

We hear about daring and brave people all the time. While there are a lot of true badasses out there in the world, it takes a special kind of person to deliberately plummet out of a plane from 12,000 feet. That’s something most people won’t even think about doing, let alone doing twice…or three times…or 6400+ times. Introducing Ben Lowe.

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Ben is more than just a professional skydiver. Recognizable by the Mohawk haircut that he first received at age 8, Ben is a respected skydiving instructor who is dedicated to his students and growing the sport. Though his appearance suggests a rebel, he is a very approachable person who holds multiple USPA ratings, is an FAA Master Rigger, TonySuits Wingsuit Examiner and a Strong Enterprises and United Parachute Technologies Tandem Instructor Examiner. In 2012, his commitment to skydiving instruction earned him USPA’s Chesley H. Judy Safety Award. He’s even written a children’s book, “The Summer I Became a Skydiver.” Lowe is now using his years of experience to run Skydive Canyonlands in Moab, Utah, with Melissa Lowe.

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Melissa BASE jumping Perrine Bridge-by Luanne Horting

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Melissa Lowe is an AFF Instructor, Pro Rating, the co-creator of 4-way VFS, author of Sugar Alpha, and has 11 world records and a bunch of medals from USPA Nationals. Her world records include:

  • 2003 –16-Way Women’s Vertical World Record
  • 2004 – 42-Way Vertical World Record
  • 2005 – 18-Way Women’s Vertical World Record
  • 2005 – 151-Way JFTC Women’s RW World Record
  • 2007 – 20-Way Women’s Vertical World Record
  • 2007 – 69-Way Vertical World Record
  • 2009 – 108-Way Vertical World Record
  • 2010 – 41-Way Women’s Vertical World Record
  • 2011 – 9-Way Women’s Wingsuit National Record (Unofficial World Record)
  • 2012 – 138-Way Vertical World Record
  • 2013 – 63-Way Women’s Vertical World Record

 

 

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Melissa at the Women’s World Record Camp, Skydive Chicago- by Valentina Solis

 

 

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Our good pal Adam Rose of Fallen Owl Tattoo has had the pleasure of calling Ben and Melissa friends over the past years. He reminisces of the time they met fondly. Adam was learning all the in’s and out’s of skydiving from Denver Broncos Skydiving team member Cody Irby. Cody mentioned that his roommates were “good” skydivers, but Adam didn’t realize to what caliber until he noticed that the person on the large skydiving poster on the wall was the same person serving him dinner! When Adam commented on it, Melissa stood up and proclaimed, “Yeah, but I have more world records!”

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Ben rocks his limited edition “Hootie” designed by Adam Rose.

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The Lowe’s and American Hat Makers share very similar philosophies when it comes to running not just business, but any aspect of life. The Lowe’s are dedicated to improving the world around them, and they do that through skydiving. Recently, Ben and Adam have been working together on a charity event in which sick children will be given temporary tattoos so that they too can look like badass skydivers!

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