Late last year I ran across an interesting Kickstarter campaign. A young hat designer, Satya Twena, was hoping to save one of the last two remaining hat factories in Manhattan. Twena had been working with hats made at the Makins Factory when she heard that the factory was closing. Her business had become dependent on the factory, so she decided to try and save it. She ran a very successful Kickstarter, and the factory is once again up and running.
Contributors to the campaign got to pick out a hat, and I finally settled on this navy woven straw fedora. It’s a bit different from the hats I usually wear, but I liked it and thought, “Why not?”
There were dozens and dozens of hats to choose from, but I’m very happy with the one I got. It fits perfectly and looks snappy.
The hats are made the old fashioned way using vintage machines and hat blocks. The materials are hand blocked using steam and skill to fashion the shape.
I’ve noticed lately that Twena’s company has been getting a lot of press coverage, including Glamour and Lucky magazines, along with the Today Show. If you are interested in a new, top quality hat, there are plenty of styles for sale on the Satya Twena website.
And I even found a photo of me wearing the hat several months ago at the Liberty antiques Festival. I added a scarf for a bit more color. Seriously, I had women stopping me wanting to know where I got the hat. One even tried to buy it!