When ordering your custom hat, the first thing you must consider is what type of felt you would like your hat made with. This is primarily what determines the cost of your hat as well as the style of hat you desire. I choose to only work with 100% beaver fur felts because of their superior longevity, durability and luxurious finish.
The Dress weight felt is a 4 oz 100% beaver felt with less shellac mixed into the material as the western weight felt. The felt is therefore more flexible with a very lightweight feel.
The Lightweight 100x felt is a 6 oz felt option that is slightly lighter than the Western weight felt, but with a bit more substance and structure than the 100x Dress weight felt.
The Western weight felt is an 8 oz 100% beaver fur felt with more shellac mixed into the fur felt to give this hat body more rigidity and structure than the Dress weight. This felt is tough as nails and will stand up to rain, snow and relentless sun for a lifetime and more.
"NATURE ALWAYS WEARS THE COLORS OF THE SPIRIT.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Different felt weights are available in varying colors. Be sure when selecting your felt weight you carefully
consider colors to ensure availability.
Hues of the high desert
A one of a kind collection made of 100x Premium Beaver felts dyed with wildcrafted plants
harvested from the high deserts of Eastern Oregon.
individual color variations will naturally occur in each HUes of the high desert hat due to the natural dye process
During the custom ordering process you will learn of the many custom options, as well as accessories available for careful
transport and storage of your heritage hat.
the perfect fit
After placing your order for a custom Havstad hat you will receive a head measuring kit with detailed instructions in the mail. The tools and accompanying video will help you measure the circumference and shape of your head to create the perfect custom fit of your lifetime quality, heirloom piece.
Your measuring kit will arrive in the weeks following your custom order. The sooner it is returned, the sooner Cate can get to work on your custom hat.
custom head block
Each Havstad hat comes with a custom cut wood block used to help keep the shape of your hat during travel, shipment and storage.
After ordering, the fun truly begins. In the days and weeks following your purchase you will receive a digital booklet introducing the Havstad Team and mapping out what to expect from the owner, Cate, and project manager and collaborator, Claire, during the whole hat making process. It will outline important deadlines and contain links to a helpful video or two. You will also receive a Havstad Hat Co. Custom Measuring Kit by mail with instructions on how to make sure your hat is custom fit just the way you like it.
Our books are filled for the 2022 hat season. Thank you for all your support! We will be opening for a limited amount of custom orders for our 2023 season starting next spring. Follow the link below to join our waitlist and be notified when we open the shop via our newsletter.
Hatting and the Wheel of Life
Today I write to you, briefly, spontaneously, and excitedly. It's been some months of personal and creative manifestation of a profound new chapter for Havstad Hat Co. I'll start with how I end, and you decide if you want to read the in between; Custom Orders will reopen this month, November 2021. Newsletter subscribers will be the first notified when the limited commission spots are restocked here on the website.
A Moral Dilemma with Social Media: Where do we go from here?
We all know, marketing can be used for good and bad, the difference now is that marketing doesn’t just come in obvious forms of magazines, television ads, billboards and product labels. Our lives are permeated by marketing tools every single day for as many minutes or hours as you spend looking at social media, in addition to the magazines, television ads, billboards, product labels etc. I start to wonder, how many minutes or hours in a day are our minds free from targeted marketing anymore?