Chapel Hats is one of many fantastic companies we have the absolute pleasure of partnering with, and recently they sent in some pictures of their beautiful locations and the great way they showcase our hats! American Hat Makers is honored to be displayed in the 16 unique Chapel Hats stores, which are located all over the world. They pride themselves on working with architectural salvage companies in order to use materials such as reclaimed wood and iron to build their shelving, cash wrap stations, tables, and more! No Chapel Hats store will look alike. Interestingly, their first location was primarily built using salvaged wood from a vintage church, which gives them the perfect name! All of their locations also prominently feature antiques in their displays like hat boxes, old radios, phonographs and tons of other interesting pieces to showcase all of the styles they carry. The team at Chapel Hats is always such pleasure to work with, and the energy they have at each of their wonderful locations means that you will always have a remarkable experience when you visit. Check out all of the awesome ways they display our hats below!
We just got back from the ESPY’s and we had a total blast! For those that don’t know, the ESPY’s are awards currently presented by the American Broadcast Television network ABC, and previously ESPN, to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performances. We met so many amazing, talented and fun individuals! Every GBK event is always so fulfilling, we absolutely love sharing our passion of making hats with everyone we come across! Here’s some pictures from while we were there!
Stay tuned for more awesome events like this one, and check out our website to find all the beautiful hat styles you see here!
American Hat Makers is co-sponsoring “Hat Day in the Sun,” a national campaign created by The Headwear Association to promote skin cancer awareness!
On June 22, 2017, starting at 1pm, we will be will be giving out 300 FREE hats at our factory while supplies last! We’re located at 125 Aviation Way, Watsonville CA 95076
Also, on the day of the event, ALL ITEMS (purses, wallets. jackets, hats, etc.) in our retail store will be 50% off!
Snacks and refreshments will be provided, so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to come and have some fun and walk away with a free hat that’ll keep you cool and protected!
One of the highlights of the day was meeting Chris from Aptos. He had heard about our event while he was at his dermatologist’s getting a cancerous growth removed. While he was in the waiting room he saw a postcard announcing Hat Day in the Sun and he decided to come check it out. After such a health scare, he was thrilled to receive a quality hat that could stand up to the sun and heat and still keep him protected.
Did you know skin cancer is the most common of all cancers? The fact is 90% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun.
The good news is there are many things you can do to decrease your exposure to the sun, and reduce the possibility for skin cancer.
Here are a few top tips to protect your skin that you can start today!
- WEAR A HAT! You can purchase an American made leather hat here.
- Seek out the shade between the hottest part of the day 10am-4pm
- Do not burn, and avoid tanning and UV tanning booths
- Wear lip balm with sunscreen everyday
- Cover up with clothing — breathable long-sleeved shirts and pants are best
- Wear large UV-blocking sunglasses
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher even on foggy days
- For outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
- Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating
- Keep newborns out of the sun, and use sunscreen on babies over the age of six months
- Examine your skin each month from head to toe and make note of any abnormal growths or moles
- Schedule a yearly skin exam with your physician or dermatologists
- Keep sunscreen in the car – for long car trips
- Use extra sunscreen near water, snow, and sand – these surfaces reflect the intensity of UV rays
- Buy extra bottles of sunscreen and keep in gym bag, trunk, diaper bag and purse
- Lightly spray sunscreen in your hair or on head for extra protection
For more information or to buy UV-Protection Sun Hats, visit our American Hat Makers Hat Store.
Have a safe and happy Summer!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
This event was the first of many opportunities to give back to our veterans. Stay tuned for more like this one!