Bobby’s Bay Bridge Adventure!

American Hat Makers truly has some of the greatest supporters in the world. We’re always hearing awesome stories about the places our hats go. Today, I wanted to share the story of Bobby Boucher, and I’m not talking about the waterboy! Bobby and his wife Paula are members of Golden Gate H.O.G. That’s Harley Owners Group for those wondering. On 4th of July in 2011, Bobby got himself one of our now limited edition top hat designs. To say that this hat became his best friend and travel companion would be an understatement. He logged over 300,000 miles wearing this top hat to all corners of the globe. I’m talking Sturgis Bike Rally, the majority of the U.S states, and a bike tour of Australia. He even got married in it!

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If he was on foot, he always had his top hat on, but as for riding, Bobby always hung his hat from the cup holder on his bike for easy travel. Not too long ago, Bobby was out for a ride on the Bay Bridge in California taking his new bike for its inaugural ride. This bike had a different cup holder attached to it, but never-the-less Bobby tried to hang his hat from it while they were on the road. Unbeknownst to Bobby, this new cup holder couldn’t grip the hat tight enough to keep it secure. As the group was crossing the massive bridge, Bobby’s iconic top hat flew off into oncoming traffic. Other members of the group tried to convince Bobby to chock it up as a loss and move on, but Bobby wasn’t having it. Determined to get his hat back, Bobby and the group turned around at the other end of the bridge, and went back across. Luckily, they were able to find Bobby’s beloved hat, but unfortunately the Bay Area’s trucks and cars found it first.

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Now we’ve seen some well worn hats, but let me tell you, this hat was BEAT UP. It hardly even looked like a hat! Bobby knew he needed to make a pit stop by our factory to show us the damage and to share this awesome story. We’re lucky enough to have a team of the world’s finest leather artisans here at American Hat Makers, and we were able to resurrect Bobby’s precious hat and make it look like new. Here’s to another 300,000 miles!  

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Jousting with Cavaliers!

We recently partnered with Mcgrew Studios in downtown Salt Lake City to help out with some outfits being designed for the DGY Jousting team at Young Living Farm in Mona, Utah! Mcgrew Studios specializes in unique and in-depth costume design, and they were commissioned to make full jousting suits not just for the riders, but for the horses too! Our Cavalier hats were a perfect accessory to go with the outfit, and we were beyond excited when Mcgrew Studios reached out to work with us. We wanted to give a quick shout-out not only to the masterful Mcgrew Studios, but also the talented young riders of the DGY Jousting Team!

 

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DGY Jousting in their new 2018 attire at Young Living Farm in Mona, Utah Photo: Robert Hirschi

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DGY Jousting during Utah’s 2018 “Days of ’47” events at the Utah State Fairpark. Photo: David Boyd

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DGY Jousting during Utah’s 2018 “Days of ’47” events at the Utah State Fairpark. Photo: David Boyd

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DGY Jousting during Utah’s 2018 “Days of ’47” events at the Utah State Fairpark. Photo: David Boyd

If you need any custom costuming done, go check out Mcgrew Studios, their work speaks for itself!

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Check out Chapel Hats! You won’t regret it!

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! CaptureCapture2Capture3Capture4Capture5Capture6Capture7Capture8Capture9Capture10Capture11Capture12Capture13Capture14Capture15Capture16Capture17

 

 

Studio Sale 2017!

American Hat Makers is hosting their third annual studio sale, as part of the Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale event! We will be last store to close that day to give everyone the opportunity to participate. This is a MASSIVE sale. Everything inside the store will be 50% off, and everything displayed outside will be 75% off. The sale will run from 8am-5pm on December 2, 2017. We’re partnering with LaSelva Designs for this sale, so there will be a wide variety of items to browse. Come check out a store full of artisan hats, gorgeous leather accessories designed by fabulous designer Ruby Roxanne, and our all new line of handbags, totes, and backpacks handmade from our top quality leather! This sale is IN-STORE only, so stop on by and get some great Christmas gifts for everyone!  

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Dia De Los Muertos party!

Today, American Hat Makers threw a party to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos! We had a blast showing off our festivity and eating some delicious pan dulce with everyone. We had a costume contest so everyone could vote on who they thought was the most festive, and even played some fun games! On top of everything, we set up an altar to honor those who have passed on. Overall it was a great day of fun and bonding between all of our team members. Here are some pictures!

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Happy Halloween from American Hat Makers!

We at American Hat Makers always have such a great time around this time of year! Seeing everyone’s attitude flow in their Halloween costumes is so inspiring, and drives us to create the most unique and eye catching styles possible! One of our talented designers, Ruby Roxanne, lives for Halloween. Every year, she goes all out for her costume, and this year she designed a couple all-new couture hats to flaunt at her Halloween party! The first of which is a wickedly sassy interpretation of a witches hat!

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This one-of-a-kind stunner is the tallest hat we’ve ever made! Standing at a staggering 2.5 feet tall, this hat is a guaranteed eye-catcher. This hat was designed to give off a wickedly glamorous witch vibe, and features leather lace around the crown, a laser engraved moon decorated with swarovski crystals, pink ombre hair draped around the crown, and is finally topped off with a sassy bird that stares into your soul with aurora borealis eyes. This isn’t the only hat Ruby designed this Halloween…

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Behold the Dia De Los Muertos couture hat! This style is made with an extra wide felt brim, and a leather crown and top. Ruby says that the movie “The Book of Life” inspired this hat. In the movie, the goddess La Muerte wears this style of hat, and Ruby couldn’t resist replicating it for Halloween!

 

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Ruby isn’t the only one who likes to express creativity around Halloween. Garth and Hannah rocked the Pirate and truly looked like a pair of salty sea dogs! Gary the dastardly desperado was no match for Garth’s sword skills!

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One stylishly creepy design perfect for Halloween would be the Escape! Designed by Adam Rose of Fallen Owl Tattoo, this terrifying hat features monstrous teeth bursting from the hatband, and is topped with an airbrushed and laser engraved anatomical zombie brain on top of the hat. This style is only available for a limited time, so get yours today!

Halloween is a time when people’s creativity comes out in full force, and seeing all of the amazing ways that our hats are worn as part of costumes is always so fulfilling. Here are some awesome examples of some ways that our hats can enhance your costumes!

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We hope everyone has an awesome and safe Halloween, and don’t forget to share all of your crazy costumes with us on social media! We love to see all the ways you express yourself.

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Ana’s Baby Shower!

One of our amazing team members, Ana, is expecting a new addition to the family next month. Everyone at American Hat Makers is excitedly awaiting the arrival of the newborn, so we decided to show our love for Ana and throw her a baby shower! We always take the opportunity to show our appreciation and support of all of our team members, and were grateful to be able throw an awesome party in celebration of Ana. All in all, it was an awesome day spent celebrating our beloved team member and this new chapter in her life. Here are some pictures we took at the party!

 

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