Ingenuity + Felt + Leather = American Hat Makers Hybrid Hats

As the world’s leading luxury boutique hat brand for over 40 years American Hat Makers prides itself on creating handmade American products. We are THE Premiere cut and sew facility in the world.

Our hats are unique pieces of art and we are constantly expanding the boundaries and challenging our designers to create hats that engage the fantasies of our customers as well as meet – and exceed – their practical needs. One of our most successful examples of this are our “hybrid hats.”

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Garth and Hannah with Don Rongione, President of Bollman Hat Company.

American Hat Makers is the first American hat maker to create felt and leather hats in striking combinations that are both fashionable and fully functional. In order to create our hybrid hats we partnered with Don Rongione from the prestigious Pennsylvania-based Bollman Hat Company for high quality felt products.

Take a moment to learn more about our Ashbury Line which features our hybrid hats:

We call the Ashbury line our Trendsetter Collection because it features some of our most fashion-forward pieces and highlights the playful, artistic marriage of leather and felt.

The Summit

One of our newest additions to the Ashbury Brand, the Summit hat boasts a timeless, classic style.

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Emily Swallow wearing a Summit just right!

Made from luxurious full grain American cowhide leathers and lite felt, this hat will take you from the after-hours jazz club to brunch on the bay in style.  Choose one of our traditional colors like Black, Pewter, and Saddle, or give your look a little more pizazz and choose a crown in Blood Orange, Navy or Sage.

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Summit in Saddle

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Summit in Navy

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Summit in Black

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Summit in Blood-Orange

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Summit in Pewter

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Summit in Sage

Each crushable hat features a 2 ¾” leather brim and a subtle buckle on the band. Details and quality matter and this hat shows you know how to make your look fashion forward with the Summit Hat Hybrid.

The Trilby

Once known as the “rich mans favored hat” the Trilby is a low-profile classic that brings an air of sophistication to any wardrobe or setting.

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Cecilia Balogot in a Pewter Trilby.

Now offered in four colors – from timeless Black to eye-catching Blood-Orange, the Trilby will take your look to another level. Choose the subtle brown of Saddle or the comforting, familiar shade of Pewter to project an air of Cary Grant unruffled cool.

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Trilby in Blood-Orange

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Trilby in Saddle

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Trilby in Pewter

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Trilby in Black

 

With a 4 ¼ inch crown and a leather 1 ½” brim this hat brings an element of style beyond the sum of its parts.

The Richmond

Take your liberty in this revolutionary design of a civil war era cap.

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Gilles Marini and Jimmy Jean-Louis rocking their style!

Crafted by hand, this stylish lid brings a leather brim and hat band together with a crown of LiteFelt.

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Richmond in Blood-Orange

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Richmond in Sage

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Richmond in Pewter

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Richmond in Brown

This union creates an everyday and special event option for your head-topping needs.

To order these wonderful hats, call 1-800-642-3428 as they are not yet available online. Head on over to our website to check out our many other high-quality, hand-made hats designed and manufactured in the USA.

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Written for American Hat Makers by Jessica Johnson.

Steampunk Couture!

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Steampunk has elevated past a cultural fad and graduated into a way of life. It’s influence can be seen everywhere when it comes to art, television and cinema. Allowing for the uninhibited creation of beautiful masterpieces, steampunk and its’ subgenres has opened entire worlds of artistic possibility. Harnessing the energy and soul of such a powerful movement would be hard, but not impossible.

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Kato wearing a limited edition Curio.

Such a daring, unlimited universe would require someone with equal daring and drive! Introducing Kate Lambert, or Kato. Pioneering the steampunk subgenre from the early 2000’s onward, Kato has become one of the biggest faces in the steampunk community. Starting off making post-apocalyptic wear and modelling it on her Myspace page, Kato’s influences drew heavily from Victorian styles mixed with elements from the Mad Max universe and Tank Girl.

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Kato showing exactly how to rock a brown Topper.

In 2005 Kato launched Steampunk Couture. Steampunk Couture was founded as a private couture business producing custom-fit clothing and accessories, and was the first company to cater specifically to the steampunk genre.  Focusing on high quality with a hand-made touch, this independent label remains as a one-woman team, adding a personal touch while striving to make each collection exciting and unique. Kato releases seasonal collections of limited edition designs throughout the year, as well as vintage finds and accessories.

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Rin wearing a limited-edition Pistol.

Another influential name in the world of steampunk is Katrina Wilkinson, or Rin! Rin is a model and college student based in Las Vegas. Rin never had a big interest in becoming a model until she did her first photo shoot for graduation. After that, she continued doing photo shoots for other students, and from there it developed into a passion!

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In 2010, Rin discovered the amazing world of steampunk. Rin’s obsession with clockwork and steam-powered machinery put her right at home in the steampunk world. In 2012, after following Kato for quite some time, Rin entered a “Cosplay Kato” contest. Rin was chosen as the winner and was flown up to Portland, Oregon where she modeled for Kato’s clothing line and website. From then on, Rin and Kato became close friends and business partners. Today, Rin’s modelling is used in and inspires many steampunk works. Her unique look and eye for style has made her one of the most recognizable and in-demand steampunk models. For the latest in amazing, high quality steampunk fashion check out Steampunk Couture and Rin’s Facebook!

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Face Off!

Have you heard of SyFy’s competition series, Face Off? It’s an absolutely crazy show where special effects make-up artists participate in elaborate challenges for a grand prize and the honor of being Hollywood’s next great effects artist.

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Gotta get it just right!

We at American Hat Makers love seeing what other creative minds can do, so naturally this show was right up our alley! Seeing the contestants give their all at something they are so passionate about is awe inspiring!

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Stunning work!

We’ve been introduced to some really unique and talented individuals such as Cig Neutron! As the love child of 80’s campiness and 50’s sci-fi, Cig Neutron has been creating creatures from his imagination — his “Cig Neutron Universe” — since childhood. He crafts an elaborate story for all the creatures he designs in order to better realize his sculpts.

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Mr. Cig Neutron looking gloriously dapper!

He is currently a special effects make-up artist and a freelance sculptor, and co-founder of his company Bizarro Au Go-Go. In 2013, he won the Son of Monsterpalooza costume contest with his Baphomet makeup. Cig and his girlfriend Rani enjoy dressing up in full creature makeup and going out to karaoke bars.

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Rani rocking a Draco with her amazing makeup!

We also got to meet the amazing Rachael Wagner! Rachael Wagner is an accomplished makeup artist with a professional concentration in special effects makeup, creating and applying highly realistic prosthetics for film, television and live events. She is a graduate of Make-up Designory’s Master Program and a finalist in multiple IMATS Battle of the Brushes events. She has worked with and for many diverse clientele, including Fall Out Boy, National Geographic, Girl Scouts of America, the Metropolitan Opera, Universal Studios, Hyundai, Nerdist, Syfy, MGMT, Solar City, Sheroes Entertainment LLC , the Magic Castle and DragonCon. Rachael has returned to freelancing after almost a year of working as Global Effects Inc’s project supervisor, a prestigious costume and fabrication shop with whom she had the honor of working on many special projects, including Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Castle, the upcoming film Geostorm and a host of live events including Universal’s stage shows.

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Rachael knows how to wear a Garbo just right!

Among others we had the pleasure of interacting with was RJ Haddy! Robert “RJ” Haddy’s goal when he was cast in season two of Face Off was to give his career a push so that he could quit teaching high school and work full time on his art. Mission accomplished. These days, RJ works full time creating special effects and running an e-commerce site selling airbrush equipment, including his own Shadow line of brushes. He hopes that his new confidence and refined techniques will propel him to new heights in the special FX world. He’d like to use the champion’s prize money to build up his airbrush business, and also to allow his mother to retire. His favorite movies with special effects are Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Little Shop of Horrors, Star Wars, Batman (1989), Beetlejuice and Gremlins.

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RJ as the Penguin, and Merry Lee.

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Seeing our hats grace the heads of such inspiring, driven, and creative individuals is exactly why we do what we do. Being around others who have the same mission to create  art and impact the community pushes us to reach for higher standards when it comes to every aspect of the way we do things. Don’t forget to check into Syfy channel on January 24th for the newest season of Face Off and keep an eye out for the latest and greatest in headwear only from American Hat Makers.

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Badass Elegance with Voodoo Hatter!

Looking for a hat that will set you apart from the crowd? You’ve come to the right place. 19th Century style infused with fierce sensibility and a touch of dark energy make Voodoo Hatter essential to your subversive lifestyle. From hard-kicking rocker to brazen biker or neo-noir grifter, you will make a definitive statement wherever you go.

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The Deadwood by Voodoo Hatter

We designed these bad boys to be the kinds of hats you become known for wearing. Formed out of black or brown full-grain smooth leather, our toppers are built to last, and are guaranteed to draw eyes.

Featuring laser engraved and airbrushed designs from Adam Rose of Fallen Owl Tattoo, finding more artful hats would be a chore. Adam’s creative vision truly sets these hats apart from the rest.

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The Skull ‘N Roses designed by Adam Rose

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The Silver Skull designed by Adam Rose

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The Balance designed by Adam Rose

Handmade with unsurpassed attention to quality and a discerning eye on the details, each piece is as much an individual statement as it is a cover for your head. Elegantly don a Voodoo topper at an exclusive event, or boldly show off your attitude at a motorcycle rally, it’s truly up to you.

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They’ve even been said to stay on at 60+ MPH!

When it comes to accessories, hats are the most powerful of all. Nothing sets you apart from the crowd more than a hat from Voodoo Hatter. Utilizing exotic materials hardly found elsewhere, each hat is truly a handmade work of art.

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The Caliber, available in black, cigar, rattlesnake, and red.

Accents of rattlesnake and ostrich leg elevate the Caliber to a new level of artisan craft. A dual appliqué accentuates the bold crown to make this one fierce topper!

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The Rio Topper by Voodoo Hatter

The Rio Topper is like no other hat in this collection.This hat is made in all black leather, and accented with an intricate appliqué that highlights Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake skin on the front of the crown. The unique hatband is made from double rattles that cross in the front and are tied together with a reproduction 1944 Mercury dime. Just the hat for the elegant Voodoo punk.

Featuring a deer-skin band embellished with a taxidermy eye, the Eye band brings all of the mystique and allure of the Kraken into a minimalist package. Stand out at any event with this elegant topper.

 

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The Silverado by Voodoo Hatter

Reminiscent of a pork pie, but with a distinctively western brim. This hat is low, lean, and mean. Leave the brim flat for a gunslinger look or curl the brim to dial up the attitude.

With hats like these, it’s hard not to make an impact! Next time you’re looking for a powerful accessory that speaks on it’s own, go with those who know best!

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Western Perfection with Double G!

You’ve never seen a collection of hats like this. Double G designs are high spirited and fearless. From hard-driving rockers to wild country icons, these are hats made for the boldest of men and women. Inspired by classic western styles, revitalized with exotic materials and top of the line production techniques, these hats are sure to draw attention wherever they go!

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The Durban by Double G.

With a decidedly western flavor, styles range from the straight ahead Plainsman to the exotic Durban. Pack one on your next motorcycle trip or throw it on when meeting friends at the ski lodge, these hats don’t discriminate. Wear it to a music festival to show off style and keep you cool and protected from the sun!

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The classic Plainsman hat.

These all-leather stunners attract attention wherever you go. Double G hats are crafted from select finished and suede leathers with exotic rattlesnake, deerskin, and fur embellishments. Featuring sewn-in wires in the brim to allow for a wide range of shapes and styles, these hats can be personalized to be just right for you.

 

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The Reno by Double G.

 

Rather than just show pieces, these hats are as tough, durable, and fully functional as those who inspired their designs.

 

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An aisle of leather used in manufacturing hats.

All Double G Hats are made by hand in Watsonville, California with the same pride and attention to detail we at American Hat Makers have always tried to maintain. We stand behind the quality of our hats and are convinced that you’ll love the hat you decide on. Above and beyond the creation of superior products, we strive to create an environment in which we treat our patrons and employees with compassion and integrity!

 

 

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Crafting a handmade hat.

Double G is more than just hats. Double G represents over 40 years of tried and true business practices and superior manufacturing quality. Make the jump today and check out a hat that will last you a lifetime!

 

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How to use a hat cone!

Using a Hat Cone is an important part of keeping your hat in proper condition! Over time, a hat resting unsupported on a surface will lose the valuable style on the brim. To prevent this, there is a wonderful device called a hat cone!

The durable plastic cone has adjustable Velcro tabs in the back that will shrink or expand the cone to match the size of your hat. To use it, simply adjust it to a size suitable for your hat and place it on a level surface! Now you never have to worry about your hat losing it’s style again! You can check out these hat cones on our website. Hope this has been helpful!

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GBK Gifting Suites 2016!

This year’s GBK Gifting Suites were the coolest yet! We met so many new and interesting people, and had the opportunity to catch up with all the awesome people we met last year!  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.

 

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Gilles Marini and Jimmy Jean-Louis with their hats.

 

Above and beyond the creation of superior products, we are dedicated to treating our patrons 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!

 

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Sonya Walger showing us how to wear a summit just right!

 

Being able to share our products with like-minded creative types and renowned artists was an endlessly fulfilling experience, and we felt right at home surrounded by others who are just as dedicated to their craft!

 

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 Actor and singer Renee Olstead of Still Standing and The Secret Life of an American Teenager rocking a hat from American Hat Makers.

While we were there we had the chance to meet the talented Gilles Marini! 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.

He began his career as a model in his early twenties. After fulfilling his military duties, he went to the United States to learn English while working as a model.  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.

 

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Gilles Marini and Jimmy Jean-Louis showing off their style.

We also had a chance to chat with Jimmy Jean-Louis! Jimmy Jean-Louis 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.

 

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Jimmy Jean-Louis knows just how fashionable his hat is!

Among those we met was Brando Eaton. Brando Eaton was born in Los Angeles, California where he was raised as an only child by his single mother. He started doing plays at the age of 5, and continued until his later high school years. When graduating High School at the age of 17, he decided to finally start pursuing his passion as a career. Brando left home at 18 to start his journey into adulthood; working day jobs to keep up with the costs of living and acting classes.

 

Having established a solid resume, Brando has achieved his first major goal of making a living doing what he loves most. He appeared in such films as Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach and Alvin and the  Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. He played Vince Blake in Zoey 101. He appeared in The Secret Life of an American Teenager as Griffin.

 

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Brando Eaton rocking the distinct western style, the Cyclone.

We got to meet and talk with Drake Bell! Drake Bell is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Born in Newport Beach, California, he began his career as an actor in the early 1990s at the age of five with his first televised appearance on Home Improvement. Bell also appeared in several commercials, such as one for Pokemon Red and Blue, but is best known for his starring roles on Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show, and its spin-off, Drake and Josh. Bell starred in a trilogy of The Fairly OddParents movies on Nickelodeon. Bell is the voice of Spider Man/ Peter Parker in the animated series Ultimate Spider Man on Disney XD. He appeared on ABC’s reality TV series Splash.

In addition to acting, Bell has a career in music during the early 2000s, at the time of his appearances on The Amanda Show, named Drake 24/7. He also co-wrote and performed the theme song to Drake & Josh, entitled “Found a Way.” In 2005 he independently released his debut album, Telegraph, released under Bell’s own name. His second album, It’s Only Time, was released in 2006 after signing with Universal Motown Records and debuted at #81 on the Billboard 200, selling over 23,000 copies its first week of release. It’s Only Time has sold 178,000 copies in the United States as of 2012. His first video album, Drake Bell in Concert, was released in 2008. It debuted at #81 on the Top 100 Mexican Albums Chart. Bell released an EP in 2011 called A Reminder independently. In 2014, Bell released his third album, Ready Steady Go! under indie label Surfdog Records. Ready Steady Go! debuted at #182 on the Billboard 200, and sold 2,000 copies in its first week of release.

 

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Drake Bell with a Summit

Gabriel Bateman stopped by to try on some hats! Bateman was born and raised in Turlock, California but has moved to southern California since he started his career in acting. He is the youngest of nine children and the brother of actress Talitha Bateman. In 2014, Bateman had a supporting role as Robert in the horror film Annabelle, the spin-off to The Conjuring. From 2014 until its cancellation the following year, he starred as Ethan Taylor in CBS’ drama-thriller series Stalker. In November 2014, he was cast in Robert Kirkman’s series Outcast. Bateman played a leading role, alongside Teresa Palmer, in the 2016 film Lights Out. Bateman has also appeared in two separate music videos (It’s a Job/A New Beginning) for the “Wolfie’s Just Fine” album by Jon Lajoie.

 

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Gabriel Bateman with his El Dorado!

It was a pleasure to meet Naomi Grossman! Naomi Grossman is an American actress, writer, and producer best known for her role as Pepper in the second and fourth seasons of the FX horror television series American Horror Story. Not knowing what role she was auditioning for, Grossman sent in an audition for American Horror Story: Asylum in mid-2012 and was cast in soon after as Pepper; the season premiered later that year on October 17. In preparation for the role, she shaved her head bald. In 2014, it was revealed that Grossman would return to the series in its fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show, reprising her role as Pepper from the second season, making her the first to play the same role in two different seasons of the show.

 

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Naomi Grossman with a Draco!

To top everything off, being able to have this wonderful experience at a venue as unique as OUE Skyspace LA was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! OUE Skyspace LA boasts a thrilling experience with the Skyslide. The outdoor slide is 45 feet long and connects the 70th floor to the east observation terrace. Visitors can view the city in a whole new light as they slide along the exterior of the tower if they aren’t too busy screaming on the way down!

 

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The SkySlide in all of it’s adrenaline fueled glory!

For dinner we enjoyed an absolutely spectacular meal at Drago Centro! The ambience and service was absolutely fantastic and the food was to die for! Chef Celestino Drago’s contemporary Italian masterpiece, Drago Centro offers innovative twists to authentic Italian dishes and has become one of the foremost dining establishments in Downtown Los Angeles!

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The gorgeous interior of Drago Centro.

We’re sad that this year’s GBK Naughty and Nice Event is over but we had an absolute blast! American Hat Makers is excited to work with GBK in the future and is even more excited to attend any more events they have planned!

 

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