O’Lover Hats produces finely crafted hats and radical head ornaments. With styles and trims that bend eras in time with the masculine and feminine, hat maker, owner Elwyn Crawford playfully calls them “agents of transformation”.
Our Fall 2013 collection is made from beautiful American and Czech Republic fur felts that are warm, cozy and durable. These styles can be dressed up or dressed down to complete any outfit. Everyday modern hats for the creative minority.
I haven’t posted in a while since O’Lover Hats has been in the middle of a deep transition that I was not ready to unveil. I’ve been working with design software and the lasers at TechShop, redeveloping my artisan product line with new technologies, as well as applying to graduate programs in search of a concentrated environment for invention. I’m happy to announce that I have been accepted into the MFA in Design Technology at Parsons School of Design, and will be leaving the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area in August to attend this course of study at their Paris campus.
We’ve been working hard, putting the finishing touches on the new website. Our e-commerce platform choice is proving to be great. Big thanks to Shopify for working out so many kinks and making it easy for us to do what we do best, making beautiful hats. Thank you to Michael Charles Brown and Roxie Shohadaee for helping with the graphics and IT!
O’Lover Hats is raising money through the crowd funding platform Indiegogo and we need your support. Back this project to contribute to the belief that making local, high quality products is good for healthy economies and thriving communities. Through this campaign, O’Lover Hats will expand to comprise Oakland’s ONLY hatter’s workshop, with an apprenticeship program, and plans for global hat distribution. Think Global, Hat Local We are creating a sustainable hat company; one that makes super stylish headwear; one that upholds the artisan practice of our trade while bringing it into the 21st century. Our workshop will have a training program to support the continuation of the art of hand crafting hats.