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
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!!
Here at American Hat Makers, having fun is just as important as handcrafting the world’s finest hats. One of the principles this company was founded on was the philosophy that we not only treat our customers like family, but our team members too! 2019 has been a phenomenal year for us, and we wanted to celebrate by taking our team up to have a day in the snow! Last Friday we closed up shop, piled onto a bus, and headed up north to Leland Snow Park for a jam packed day sledding, throwing snowballs, and making snow angels. This is something we have been talking about for a long time, and we’re so happy we were finally able to do it; the majority of our team had never even been to the snow! We had so much fun and we can’t wait to go again!