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Top 5 Autumn Hat Brands for All Year

Cindy Rangel

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Sustainable Hats, we’ve got you covered all year long.

 

As the autumn winds change the weather in your area, finding the right hat for your outings can be somewhat of a challenge.  Whether you are living in the east coast in New York City or living in the hot weather in southern California, taking care of your skin and looking good can be very easy. Here are 5 sustainable hat companies to check out.

 

1.     Beyond beanie

This company has a “rock a bB and change a life” campaign that assists artisans who create the products such as hats, bracelets, and bags. Founders, Hector Alvarez and Paty Lucero decided to start this company after a hiking trip to Bolivia where they fell in love with the country and culture.  However, they felt the children living in poverty was a huge issue.  Every hat your buy, such as a beanie hat, you give a child 5 meals. All products are made by Bolivian artisans.  There are other social programs that include the following: for every bracelet, you purchase, you can give a child dental care; if you buy a bag, you can give a child one set of school supplies; and if you buy a poncho you give a child a school uniform.  You can also see some of the projects and meet the artisans. 

2.     Chloe Haywood London

The Liquid SS16Collection is a hat collection made with sustainable materials Chloe Haywood, milliner/founder of Chloe Haywood London along with another British designer created to address the water and waste issue in London.  Materials include: fair trade Panama straw, Peace silk, GOTS certified organic cotton, New Life fabric (100% recycled bottles), upcycled elements, plastic remnants, vintage straw, and more. If you are looking for hats for a wedding, the races parties and bridal occasion, these British hats are worth checking out.

3.     Pachacuti 

Founder and fashion advocate, Carry Somers, created Pachacuti in 1992 after visiting Ecuador and witnessing artisans work with hat making.  After completing her master’s degree, she returned to Ecuador, and began her journey with cooperatives with no fashion experience.  Somers established a knit clothing collection and it sold out in 6 weeks. Thereafter, she developed Pachacuti as an exclusive hat company.  Pachacuti was one of the first companies to be certified as a World Fair Trade company. Today, Somers, is founder of Fashion Revolution, a global awareness fashion campaign to bring more education on fashion industry supply chains that impact the people’s lives making fashion and accessories. Her team still runs Pachacuti as well. 

4.     Yellow 108

Los Angeles based hat company specializing in headwear using sustainable salvage fabric and recycled materials.  Great selection on Fedoras plus beanie hats and original caps.

5.     Gypsy & Lolo

A husband and wife designer team create all kinds of hats with upcycled and recycled fabrics including caps, beanies, fedoras, soft caps, and sun hats for women, men, kids and pets too. 

 

No matter what your adventure, hats can be the ultimate companion and protection against the sun and such a fun way to style your outfit all year long.  Do you have a favorite hat?  What do you think about this selection? Hat preference can vary person to person and depending on material and purpose. Looking for more suggestions with sustainable travel accessories and fashion companions? Feel free to sign up to our e-newsletter and receive updates on our handbag collection made in California with women at the heart of each production phase.  Transparency, ethical practice, and craftsmanship is our highest priority. We will take you behind the scenes.  And when you sign up now, you will get a discount with a chance to give feedback on the prototype.  Thanks for stopping by and travel on sustainably and with the earth in mind. 

Progress not Perfection

Cindy Rangel

 
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The beginning is always full of joy.  

It’s been a year since I began my sustainable fashion business/blog and today, I look forward to the last five months of the year.  Why? Maybe because I just finished my vacation.  I was vacationing in San Diego (where I live). Although I had expectations on being in a different phase of the business I am currently ok with being in this place right now. Why? So many reasons but it boils down to three reasons.  Then, I will share a bit about my story.

Reason 1: Great product

Rome was not built in a day!  No really, I take building my business like building an empire.  It’s a lot of work. Day in and day out you wear many hats. The workload is tremendous. Also, the beginning phases includes mostly building your product and the business. This takes time.  Although we live in a tech age where start-ups are built everywhere you turn and growing fast,  I believe in building things gradually with a solid mission, product and people you like to work with along the way.  Being kind is an important trait in my book. 

Reason 2: Finding a great team

What’s that saying? Time is money.  Well, I’d like to think people are an investment, too.  You must find the right people to build your business.  I am in a place where I am looking to gather my people: production partners, community, pattern-makers, suppliers, designers and photographers, assistants, etc. These are the first people you will begin to hire as your team.  I take those decisions seriously. Then, you build upon that with the right close knit team, co-founder perhaps, assistant and any other key partners.  This is significant when you begin your business and you cannot rush into it.   Right now, I am in no rush to hire for the sake of hiring and getting the job done.

Reason 3: Cash flow

There’s another expression: you need money to make money. Well, this can be even more of a challenge when you are building a product made within the United States.  Sustainable materials are costly, labor rates are higher than abroad, and that makes for tighter margins.  In the end, the mission of the company and quality of product with sound business strategies remain the cornerstone of my process.  

My story in sustainable fashion began a year ago when I moved to San Diego with no job and decision to begin again.  This time I was going it alone with my mission and my way.  I am confident this path will have some detours, long hours, learning curves, problems to solve and wonderful people along the way.   Is it a challenge? Yes, but I love my work and it gives me great satisfaction to pursue that with my mission: to build a global travel women’s handbag business based on ethics and sustainable practices & methods. I am not going to rush the process but respect and trust it most of all.  In the end, I am grateful to have this opportunity to build a global sustainable travel handbag business for today’s woman.   

Stay tuned for another glimpse of my story.  I give more of an inside scoop with specific production partners, women lead businesses and their profiles and how I solve problems in my e~newsletter.  Feel free to sign up below to get a peek into my daily schedule, and the community I am building online as well. Plus, I have the funniest stories I share exclusively with my newsletter readers.   I am passionate about sustainable fashion and even more passionate about business. Place those two interests together and I am seriously loving my job.  Watch behind the scenes as I create my first product from raw materials to finished product.  Catch the discounts there, too. Can’t wait to see you there.  Feel free to comment below to tell me how your business is going or what you think about sustainable fashion.