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

Lovely Millinery Ladies


Flashback pictures of Garth and Hannah Watrous

Annual group photo stay tuned for updated photo from photographer


Socializing at the event

Garth, Don R, BobB

Zack @ Village Hats



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.


Until next time!!

DIY- Hat Care is EASY!


SolAir, Cabana

conchoIf you’re reading this, chances are, you have one of our outstanding hats!  You’re in the right place to learn some easy ways to maintain the integrity of your hat, whether it’s leather, suede, mesh, or combinations of these.

Let’s start with the SolAir Cabana.

This super quick video packs a whopping directive in 39 seconds on maintaining the shape of your Cabana.  If you have any further questions about the shape of your hat, please contact us.


American Outback, Zephyr

All of our hats are shapeable, in one way or another.   They hold up to abuse really well, but you may need, or want to reshape it from time to time.  If you have a crushable hat, like a SolAir Breeze, or the American Outback Zepher, and it needs reshaping, we can help!  This 2 minute video demonstrates how to shape hard metal wire, or techno wire, into your desired look.  We’ll also show you how to use a coffee can to maintain your perfect hat shape.

Now that you have the right shape and storage technique, lets go over a few more things.  You should know that your leather hat has had Scotchguard worked into the leather during the tanning process.   You do NOT need to apply and kind of weatherproofing.  But, we do wear our hats in all kinds of weather, and to every kind of event imaginable.   They get dirty.  Here is another short video on hat cleaning:

If your hat needs more than a light cleaning, has been damaged, or just been worn to the point that it’s looking tired or wilted, we do refurbish hats.   We recommend calling our shop to talk about that process at 1-800-642-3428, or email us at


Full Size Reducer


Half Size Reducer

If your hat is too big or too small, we have remedies for that as well.   Let’s start with the problem of it being too large.  Sometimes the perfect fit falls by the wayside after a significant hair cut.  We’ve designed our own perfect fit sizing system.   The velcro tabs sewn into your hat securely hold the sweat liner, but are also ready to accommodate a size reducer.  You can purchase a pack on our online catalog after you determine how much reduction you need.  If you’re not sure, give us a call, and a team member will happily assist you.  Assortment packs are also available containing a full size reducer, half size reducer, and sweat liner.

maintenance_kitMaybe your hat was a gift, and it’s just a little bit too tight?  Don’t worry!  We can offer a couple of options.  Hats can be shipped to us for professional stretching.  We can also recommend a DIY (do it yourself) Hat Maintenance Kit for home use.  This kit includes everything you need to keep your hat in perfect condition.

Kit includes the following:

  • 1 HatJack Maintainer
  • Spray ‘N Shape for stretching and shaping any leather
  • Cleaning Solution for suedes
  • Cleaning Kit for the dry cleaning and maintenance of any suede
  • An assortment of size adjusters
  • Sweat patch replacements

If your hat gets wet, and then shrinks while drying when you’re not wearing it, get it wet again, and let it dry on your head.   Put in on, and gently stretch/pull it in place as you would normally wear it.  It will dry to fit your head perfectly.

If you’ve ordered a chin strap, this video demonstrates how to install it:

Now that we’ve provided you with this information, don’t be afraid to wear your every day, at any event, in any weather…  it’s tougher than you think!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if your questions have not been answered.

1-800-NICEHAT (1-800-642-3428)

SolAir group in water