Cemi Guzman and Alexandra Vino helped us out with a photo shoot!

 

We recently had an absolutely fantastic photo shoot with the wonderfully talented models Alexandra Vino and Cemi Guzman! The amazing designer Ruby Roxanne met up with them in L.A at a beautiful residence, and took it from there. Ruby’s eye for fashion and the technique of a master photographer, paired up with Alexandra and Cemi’s photogenic attitude made this photo shoot a real success. We had an absolute blast, and the photos we received were gorgeous! If anyone was meant to model our hats, it was them!

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GBK Gifting Suite: ESPY’s!!

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!

 

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Stay tuned for more awesome events like this one, and check out our website to find all the beautiful hat styles you see here!

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Company Culture: Keeping it weird!

 

Here at American Hat Makers we emphasize the importance of promoting a healthy work environment, because in our minds a team-member who is happy and healthy will always put their best foot forward. It says right in our #3 Core Value that by being a family owned and operated business, we make it a point to treat everyone we interact with as we would treat our loved ones.

We do this by frequently hosting big parties for our team-members and their families, so that they can enjoy bonding with each other over some good food and fun games. This week was a big one, on Friday we had a big barbecue at our CEO’s house, where we had sack races, a pie eating contest, an egg toss, a raffle, and a volleyball tournament!

Then, on Tuesday, we had a beach themed party at our factory where we grilled burgers and had a costume contest! Many of our team-members brought their families and all in all, each of us had a fantastic few days having some fun with our co-workers! Check out the video at the top of the article for some of the highlights!

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Jacob’s Gallery: Talent, Dedication, and Achievement!

 

 

Located in the historic black hills of South Dakota, in the aptly named town of Deadwood, lies the gallery of a family dedicated to their craft. World renowned artist Scott Jacobs and his family have opened an art gallery here, to let the world know their passion for creating and displaying beautiful pieces of artwork along with many of our hat styles. His daughter, Olivia, does a fantastic job managing the gallery and is an absolute joy to work with.

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The interior of Jacob’s Gallery

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Scott Jacobs grew up in Cranford, New Jersey, and graduated from Westfield High School where he drew pen-and-ink illustrations for the school’s newspaper. Jacobs worked for an art gallery as a teen and then went on to sell art out of a van. At 19, he purchased an art gallery at below market value and was an art dealer for 25 years. In 1989, his wife, Sharon, gave him an easel, canvases and paints as a Christmas gift. Jacobs began painting and displaying his work in his own galleries under the assumed name Escotete. Based on client feedback, he concentrated on creating work in a photorealistic style. In 1993, a short time after painting two pieces “Fat Boy” and “Live to Ride,” which featured Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Jacobs’ work was seen by the motorcycle manufacturer. Harley-Davidson signed Jacobs as its first officially licensed artist in its fine art program, a position he continues to hold.

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“Fat Boy” one of Scott’s original Harley-Davidson paintings

Jacobs’ work has also been licensed by Chevrolet, Ford, Mattel, Marilyn Monroe Estates and Elvis Presley Enterprises and others. His work has appeared on Franklin Mint Collector Plates, apparel and other home décor items. As of 2013, Jacobs had been the official artist for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 17 times. Other subjects of Jacobs’ work include game room still life paintings, wine and spirits, women in masks, cars and florals. Jacobs’ original works sell for $40,000-$150,000.

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“In Your Dreams” a painting featuring Scott’s daughter, Olivia.

Some well known collectors of Jacobs’ work include Willie G. Davidson, Bill Davidson, Jeff Bleustein, Senator Ben Campbell, John Elway, Carl Malone, Don King, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Patrick, Steve Hendrickson, Arlen Ness, Joan Lunden, Kathy Ireland, Kim Alexis, Malcolm Forbes, Clarence Clemons, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, ZZ Top, Survivor and Loverboy.

Scott is a man of great character. He spent time on the show “Secret Millionaire” where in each episode, a millionaire leaves their luxurious life behind, takes on a secret identity and lives undercover in a much much poorer area of the country for a week. Living on a limited budget (Usually less than $150) with no modern conveniences they must forge their own way in the community – working and volunteering alongside the locals and finding individuals or projects whom they think deserve a cut of their fortune. On their final day, the millionaires come clean and reveal their true identity to the people they have chosen, surprising them with gifts of thousands of dollars to improve their lives. They must donate at least $100,000 in total. “I gave $180,000, which is like a painting and a half for me,” Scott says. “I have seven motorcycles, four homes and eight cars. I can afford to give more. And I will give more. I will continue to be philanthropic the more successful I am.”

“I think one of the reasons I became the most successful person in my family financially is that my dad always told me growing up that I was a failure,” he says. “So I was out to basically prove my parents wrong.

“I worked for every single thing I have,” he says. “Nothing was ever given to me. Every dollar I made was a separate brush stroke on a piece of canvas.

“Now to be able to go back to New Jersey and be immersed in what we were immersed in is a real reality check. Anybody can have a reversal of fortune at any time.”

Scott is not the only artist in the family. Alexa Jacobs is also a very talented artist, and is very passionate about her work. At age 15, she started working part time for her dad, Scott as his under-painter.  The first time she painted lasted a brief 15 minutes before she was uninterested and ready to move onto her next teen adventure. Although, Scott thought he lost his apprentice forever, Alexa worked on and off for him for the next several years, amongst many other odd jobs, including modeling for Harley-Davidson. It wasn’t until she had eight years of painting experience with her father that she gained enough courage to create some of her own master pieces.  Her first several years painting her own canvases were spent experimenting with many different mediums, subjects and styles. Although she believes in the world of art you never stop discovering, she is confident she has found her niche.

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Alexa and Olivia inside Jacob’s Gallery

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“Smoking Gun” by Alexa Jacobs

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Alexa with Christiev Carothers and Big Kenny.

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Alexa with Scott and his wife.

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Deadwood is only a stone’s throw away from Sturgis, home of the world famous motorcycle rally! This year’s rally is right around the corner, and if you’re a motorcycle enthusiast or simply like to have a good time, you shouldn’t miss out!

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Scott Jacob’s contributions to the world of art and his philanthropic nature have truly solidified his position as an American hero. There’s no better place than Jacob’s Gallery to pick up a hat on your way to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year! You won’t regret checking out all of the gorgeous artwork they have to offer!

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Environmentally Conscious Couture!

 

 

Available now as part of the American Hat Makers collection, these pieces of art are not just stylish and durable, but positively impacting our environment! Our all new, scrap leather handbags and satchels are designed with a rugged fashion sense in mind, to guarantee a durable bag to accompany you anywhere!

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As our company grew, so did the amount of scrap leather we were producing, and it didn’t feel right letting it all go to waste! Rather than let all of this high quality leather rot in a landfill, we decided to brainstorm some ways it could go to use. These leather handbags and satchels are made with the same cuts of leather we manufacture our artisan quality head wear out of. Their simplistic flare makes them a great addition to any wardrobe, as they are extremely versatile when choosing an outfit! Rock them at a music festival and be the talk of the town!

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Each piece of leather is different from the next, so these showstoppers are truly one-of-a-kind! Call us at 1-800-642-3428 to order!
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Stepping Stones to Success; An interview with Greg Reid.

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Published in over 60 books in 45 languages, Greg Reid is no stranger to success. Filmmaker and keynote speaker, Greg is also a best-selling author, entrepreneur, and CEO of several successful corporations, who has dedicated his life to helping others achieve the ultimate fulfillment of finding and living a life of purpose. Along with these accomplishments, Greg is the founder of Secret Knock, a wildly successful, invitation only seminar that unites influential entrepreneurs and investors in one place to discuss points of business.

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Greg is a San Diego native, growing up in the beach town of Del Mar, California.When asked how he defines success, Greg told us that success is the freedom to be able to live the life you desire. If you’re able to live and operate the life you set out for, you are successful. The key to long-term success is surrounding yourself with people you have respect for, rather than influence over. When asked about his ideals, Greg starts off by saying he very freely shares information. He’s got no secrets. Everyone he surrounds himself with is involved with all aspects of his life. He puts emphasis on accentuating your positive aspects, and illuminating the negatives rather than hiding them, thus giving yourself the chance to learn from them. Authenticity is the ability to share the uncomfortable parts about yourself. By focusing attention on the defects, you give yourself the opportunity to make change.

 

 

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Greg attributes his success to his approach to criticism. Rather than seeking an opinion on his endeavors, he seeks counsel, the difference being that opinions are largely based on ignorance, while counsel is derived from the wisdom of those who have done it before you. He describes that when he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, he did not go find a surfer from downtown Santa Cruz to guide him, he went and found an experienced guide who had climbed it 800 times. During the ascent, Greg put his feet where the guide had lain his, because he knew that the guide was going to reach the top.

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This mindset is exactly how he approaches his business life. He goes directly to the source and surrounds himself with the people who are producing the results he desires. Greg says that while there is a formula or pattern to becoming a successful entrepreneur, each day it changes. The environment you’re in will be ever-changing, but the business fundamentals will stay the same.

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When asked about what his motivation was, he said that it also changes daily. What drives you today will change tomorrow. Happiness and success are moving targets, and you’ll need to revamp your approach daily to achieve either.

 

 

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To visualize all of the little things that help people achieve happiness, Greg started a movement called The Secret of Happiness. This website is a database where anyone can submit what made them happy today, and is just another way Greg is helping to spread goodwill around the world. One of Greg’s inspirations is his dear friend, Frank Shankwitz, founder of the Make-a-Wish foundation. One day, Greg asked Frank, “After granting so many children’s wishes, what is your wish?” Frank said that he very much desired to have his story told in a way that he could share with his grand-kids. After hearing this, Greg took on the responsibility of producing a feature film, titled Wishman, detailing Frank’s life story and his journey creating the Make-a-Wish foundation. Greg believed that it was time to give back to someone who has given so much. Having the resources to organize such an undertaking is Greg’s definition of success. He desires to spread the touching story of Frank, and his lifestyle has given him the freedom to do so.

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The most important nugget of wisdom you should take away from this article is about seeking counsel. To get the results you desire, go directly to the source and learn from those who have paved the way before you! Also check out Greg Reid’s other beneficial and lucrative seminar, Prosperity Camp on August 4-5!

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Last Years Highlights from Prosperity Camp

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The Extraordinary Clarissa Burt’s Once in a Lifetime Italian Tour!

Business dynamo Clarissa Burt is giving a select few the opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Italy, with her exclusive “Once in a Life Time” Italian Tour. The world is full of wonderfully talented and versatile individuals, and Clarissa Burt is definitely one of them. Entrepreneur, television/video producer, public speaker, author, writer, award-winning actress and emcee are among the many titles she can claim. At 18, Clarissa was a top model with the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in Manhattan. Soon after she moved to Milan and quickly began appearing on over a hundred magazine covers such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan as well as on most of the major runway shows in Milan, Rome, Paris, New York, and Japan. This led to work for cosmetic houses Revlon, Dior, and Carita’, Helena Rubenstein and her selection as the worldwide “Face” for Orlane Cosmetics.

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We’ve had the extreme pleasure of getting to know Clarissa at the Secret Knock seminars we regularly attend. Her versatility in the professional world has given her invaluable advice to share, and has solidified her reputation for entrepreneurial excellence.

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Garth and Hannah with Clarissa at the Prosperity Camp seminar.

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Clarissa has a passion for the beautiful country of Italy like no other. Having lived there for many years and enacted many business ventures there, Clarissa has become interested in sharing the unique experiences of Italy with others! Clarissa is offering a chance to experience Italy like no other with her exclusive “Once in a Life Time” Italian Tour. Eight nights, nine days of pure Italian extravagance along with fine dining, glorious wines, gorgeous sights, shopping, and lots of fun! This tour will give you a taste of Italy like no other. The Vatican, Pavarotti House and Coliseum are among the many stunning places you’ll visit.

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Going from September 9th to September 18, this tour covers so many sights, almost nothing is left out. You’ll start with two days at the gorgeous hotel Canal Grande in Venice, which is within walking distance of countless beautiful and historically significant sights.

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Among these, there will be a tour of a local vinegar cellar where you will learn about how all of the artisan balsamic vinegars are produced. A 3 course dinner at a local restaurant will follow. Next there will be a full day excursion to Motor Valley, the super car center of virtually the entire world! A visit to the house of tenor Pavarotti, with lunch served at a nearby restaurant is sure to be worth while. After this, Florence is the next stop. 3 days will be spent in this enchanting city, with stops including the Uffizi Art Museum, the Florence historical center, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and wine tasting at a medieval castle in the Tuscan countryside. After this you’ll transfer to Rome, with a stop along the way in the historic town of Orvieto for a tour of the town square and cathedral. When in Rome, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums, tour ancient roman sites such as the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and the Arch of Titus.

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If you’re interested in inquiring about attending this priceless trip, you can contact Clarissa at info@clarissaburt.com. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!