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Hatmaker Showcase in San Francisco Represents the Change of Guard
August 17, 2009


The bay area has long been a place for expressive offbeat fashion, distinct from the temperament of LA and New York.  Despite lacking a pivotal presence in the industry, the bay area produces a strong indie designer scene emanating from the artistic personalities that thrive in our metropolis.  Within this milieu lies a smaller group of apparel makers, milliners and hatters.  With the cool fog and bright sun, the bay area climate allows optimal conditions for one of the most functional accessories, one that has been used across time and culture for protection from the elements and denotation of status, cultural affiliation and sexuality.  It is the ability for hats to make a statement of personality that makes them all the more attractive to the original thinkers found aplenty in this area rich in counter culture and the arts.

Within the past few years, urban centers have been witnessing the resurgence in popularity of fashionable hats, propelled by the multifaceted group of Hatmakers who profess their passion for hats in growing numbers.  One notable characteristic of this trend is the amount of young people coming into the trade while simultaneously more established hat companies either go out of business or sell to larger retailers.  We are witnessing a changing of the guard. 

This is evident locally in the growth of Goorin Brothers, who recently opened two new hat shops in downtown San Francisco and on Haight Street, adding to their location in North Beach.  Goorin Brothers has been operating since 1895, but it wasn’t until the thirty-something Ben Goorin took over operations that the production of affordable stylish hats became a defining feature of the company. 

Paul’s Hatworks on Geary, San Francisco’s 90-year-old custom men’s hat shop, one of the few on the West Coast and the only one in the Bay Area, was slated by owner and master hatter, Michael Harris to go out of business last year, along with all its vintage character, equipment and processes.  This loss was prevented by four women in their twenties involved in art and culture productions and possessing a passion for hats.  They had a collective vision, purchased the shop, apprenticed with Harris and will reopen Paul’s retailing tradition at the end of this month. The Grand Opening will be on August 29th 10am to 10pm, (6128 Geary Blvd @ 26th).

Apart from those with storefront presence, other local young hatmakers are making a splash among those who love creative expression through wearing hats and enjoy supporting the local market.  You can find their well-crafted original hats at indie shopping events and at retailers featuring local art and design.  The first local hatmaker showcase, Show Me A Hat Show, Sugar,  featuring fantastic creations by Jasmin Zorlu, Paul’s Hatworks, O’Lover Hats, Katie Burley and Cica Mica Millinery will turn heads and hearts this Friday August 21st 7pm to 10pm at the Box Factory (865 Florida St @ 21st).  Admission is $3.  Enjoy drinks and deejays while you come out to tip your hat to this fine-feathered group and take first pick of the newest trends in hats.


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On an Indie Mission
December 2, 2008

There are definitely less people out at shows right now.  This economy is not stagnant though. It’s good to see that people are still coming out and shopping regardless of the doom and gloom from the press.  It is important, now more than ever, to do our part to support local businesses operating with sustainable practices.

I continue to strategize towards the production of new products.  I will have holiday gift items at the two shows I have over the weekend of Dec 5th – Dec 7th, including hair scarves, berets and custom hat gift cards.  I am running a special, 20% off of blocked fur felt hats from my current inventory, as well as custom orders until Christmas.  What an awesome opportunity for you.  I hope to see you out this weekend.


feather crownIndie Village

Friday Dec 5th

5pm to 11pm

481 9th St, Old Oakland

$5 to benefit Arts and Literacy in Children’s Education (ALICE)


Mission Bazaar

Sat Dec 6th 10am to 6pm

Sun Dec 7th 11am to 6pm

The Armory Community Center, 14th and Mission


Feasting on Fashion
November 14, 2008

This Sunday I’m cooking up delicious food, pouring wine and tea and hosting everyone who wants to share smiles and the hopes for our new president-elect at my home in Oakland for a party.  Try on some scrumptious hats and receive 20% off on any purchases.

O’Lover Hats Open Studio and Harvest Party

Sunday November 16th

2 pm to 6 pm

2558 Scenic Avenue

Oakland, CA 94602

Originally this was going to be a website launch party, but we haven’t settled a design yet, so the process is not done.  The content is ready and I really want it finished for you guys.  Sooner than later, I promise.


A couple other events coming up in the next couple weeks:


End-of-show party

Seccession Art & Design

Friday Nov 21st 6:30pm to 9:30pm

3361 Mission Street

San Francisco CA 94110


Celebration of Craftswomen

The largest Women’s Fine Crafts Show in the US

Saturday and Sunday Nov 29th and 30th

Booth 610

Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavillion

helenasmilesSan Francisco

GenArt Selects O’Lover Hats as a Fresh Face in Fashion
October 27, 2008


Fresh Faces in Fashion returns to San Francisco for the 5th year in a row. For the last 13 years, Gen Art’s anchor event, Fresh Faces in Fashion, has shown some of the best emerging fashion designers in womenswear, menswear and accessories on the runway and given runway debuts to fashion’s rising stars.

O’Lover Hats will have some hats on the runway with the fashions of OdileOdette and will show the Fall 08 and Spring 09 line at the after party with 3 other featured accessories designers.  I am thrilled to be a part of this event. Come out and celebrate with us.

Thursday, October 30th
7:00 – 8:00pm: VIP Reception
8:00pm: Doors open to general admission ticket holders
8:30pm: Runway Show in Grand Ballroom
9:15pm – Midnight: After Party

The Regency Center
1300 Van Ness @ Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA


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Independent in October
October 1, 2008

I always feel especially good in the fall.  It’s the time of year to harvest, to celebrate the bounty from all that was planted and tended to in the spring and summer.  I’ve been eating a lot of tomatoes from my back yard, and I haven’t given them nearly as much time as I have to developing my creative work into a business.  I love the fall collection, and will be showcasing it at three places this month. Each show I do often feels like a culmination of my life to date.  But especially in this month that I was born in, I settle into celebrating the abundance that is manifest.  Thank you for being a part of that.  I hope to celebrate with you at one of O’Lover Hats upcoming shows.

Saturday Oct 4
111 Minna

This show features an array of local fashion designers, artists, filmmakers and djs.  Produced by the ever energetic Irene Hernandez, it is a hip, happenin event that brings a heavy dose of the bay area’s creative talent.  I always have a good time, which is why I do this show frequently.  That and Irene generously never charges designers for table space, which no one else does.  It is fun and the people look good.  Come out and flirt.


The Bay Area Guide To Independent Fashion Festival
Saturday Oct 11th
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission

This is the first event of what appears to be a new series.  I don’t know exactly what to expect, but the lineup of designers is strong and if you are at all interested in the local fashion landscape, it seems obvious that you should come. You can visit for a lineup of the day’s events and to purchase tickets. Also the weekly wrote a nice small article.  To read visit


Secession Art and Design Fall Show
Oct 14th – Nov 29th
Opening Reception
Friday Oct 17th (my birthday)
3361 Mission

Secession is a cute design gallery run by a cool chick named Eden Stein.  She loves hats and always includes nice ones in her shows, so come check out her space in the mission.  You can visit with me at the opening reception.  I’ll be wearing my birthday hat (not the suit).

California Roadtrip
September 11, 2008

The last few weeks I’ve been making straw hats again.  I have a show in Napa on Saturday the 13th and a show in Benicia on Saturday the 20th. Both shows are daytime events, 10am to 5:30pm and 10am to 4:00 respectively.  They are juried for variety and quality.  

I love both these towns and they are completely different.  Napa is full of good art, good food and of course the wine flows from city faucets (for a small fee, you can drink).  It is typically hot and sunny, and you can smell the dirt if you get off the main drags.  The event on the 13th is 32nd Annual Napa Wine and Crafts Faire.  Come visit my booth on Second St and Coombs.  

Benicia is on the Carquinez Straight and seemed to be in the process of regenerating their downtown when I visited a few weeks ago.  There is a good breeze that slices through the straight and gives the air a freshness I don’t have access to at my Oakland studio.  They have a waterfront, a beach and a series of back alleys off of Main Street that draw your eye to the historic relevance this town has held as one of our state capitols. Captain Blythers is a restaurant and bar shanty at the end of Main St, right on the river.  The watering hole is up on the second floor with a great view, the perfect place to wet your lips after touring the works in the 35th Annual Benicia Fine Arts & Craft Fair.  

Hope to see you there.

American Craft Council at Fort Mason
August 14, 2008

I will be at Fort Mason this weekend, August 15th, 16th and 17th with a selection of hats from the fall line.  My table is in the AltCraft section in the back.  This is a new section for artisans who have never applied to the American Craft Council shows before.  The show is renowned for the quperb quality of work and I recommend  checking this show out.  You will be inspired and amazed.  the entrance fee is 12$.

Mission Bazaar
May 20, 2008

Mission Bazaar ran two long 10 hour days over the past weekend, opening San Francisco’s Armory building up to the public for the first time in 30 years. Thus, almost all participants and attendees were unified in our fresh experience of this cavernous building. Booths for local artists and designers lined the sides and nestled in between the two centrally fixed stages that flip flopped musical and dance performances ranging from Gaucho, a Jengo Reinhart jazz band, to the sultry women’s choir, The Conspiracy of Venus, to Indian and flamenco troupes.

The Armory is modeled after a 14th century Moorish Castle, yet the gaping space reminded me of an old train station in scope with Gare du Nord in Paris. The lofty ceilings of the main central room housed a cool light that washed in from high flung windows. The building has been abandoned since before I can remember, although i have heard stories of people breaking in to assess the mysterious, reinforced monstrosity of brick that sits ominously in the mid-Mission corridor. Rumors spoke pictures of concrete floors covered with bullet shells and creepy dungeon like rooms. It has been a big story locally since purchased the building for a whopping 14.6 million at the tail end of 2006. In return for the city allowing the internet porn company to use their new space for filming, Kink has promised to restore the space and use it for community events, Mission Bazaar being the first of this trend.

O’Lover Hats set up a booth all weekend with SuperSugarRayRay. I had such a good time watching people try on my latest hats. I learn so much every show, as I get to see the variety of my designs on all different statures and face shapes. It was interesting how few people tried on straw hats, immediately attracted by the variety of styles and colors of fur felt hats. I can attest that a felt hat is never completely out of season in the bay area, with the cool breeze that so often blows in off the ocean. Thanks to my new clients who made the show a success and to everyone who had a good time trying on hats. I have two more shows this week, the Marin Association of Female Executives’ Spring Bling fashion trade show on Thursday and Capsule in Hayes Valley on Sunday.