Thursday, December 30, 2010


Sent out the last two hats of the year this morning. Will take the next three days off and then it's back to work full speed. Hope to start the new year off well.

Everyone have a good new year.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


The last couple hats was sent out today. I have a couple that will be sent out between x-mas and the new year. That will be everyone that is due in December. jan. orders, I'm already started a few. The month of Jan. Should go off on a good start and everyone should be on time or maybe a little early.

Everyone have a good x-mas. I will post next week on how things are going.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Lead times update

For the month of December I'm tracking right on time. I have been working on the weekends to try and get as many hats done before the big holiday. I have sent out most already but still have some to work on. I should be shipping out a couple more of the beginning of next week. Leaving just a couple that I won't make in time before x-mas. I should have them done and shipping between x-mas and the new year.

I hope everyone has a good holiday. I will continue to post updates as things move along.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Here's a sneak peak of a recent Cairo Raiders hat that I made.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Raiders of a different color

This isn't the normal color used for the Raiders hat. It's just a a hat that a customer wanted.he wanted a Raiders hat in Moss green with a black ribbon.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lady Penman Fascinators

These are one of a kind creations by Alyce Cornyn-Selby. all hats are for sale and includes a Lady Penman hat box. All hats are $80 not including shipping except for the last hat. Last hat is $55 and it also includes a Lady Penman hat

To view more hats, follow the link bellow.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Order update

I just finished the last of Novembers orders and is shipped to it's owner. I started working on December orders and hope to run on time for this month. with the big holidays this month it is impossible for me to get everyone their hats before x-mas. Some will have to be worked near the end of the month, meaning they will have to receive their hats near the end of the month or most likely in the beginning of the year.

I'm working real hard and on the weekends to try and get as many before the holiday. Thanks everyone for being patient.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

New Hat Shop

It took almost a whole week to move in and get settled but the added space and better layout is well worth it. I will need to go work a couple of weekends to keep my time line but it's well worth it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

water repellant

I'm Out of Stock right now of my water repellant. the company may be shutting down that part of there biz. down. I'm looking into trying to find another good quality water repellant to sell or maybe even buying that company.

I still have the water repellant that I use during production of making my hats but can't ship this stuff. every hat that I make will still get the same treatment of water protection. I just don't have any of the stuff that I can ship or sell.

Back to full speed

Put in two full days at the new hat shop. Got a lot of work done. It's a real joy to work there. It's funny how just a little more space will make a hugh difference on how you work.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Moved in?????

I finished up the move today. I got a couple of things to put away and then it's back to work, or I should say back to full speed. I have a been doing a little work here and there but not like I normally do. The move have taken up most of my time this week. I did get a full day of work on Monday. I will put some time in on this weekend and next to make up for the missing hours of work.

Friday, October 29, 2010

moving the hat shop

I will be moving the hat shop over the next few days. My address will not change at all because Im moving into a slightly larger space just two doors down in the same building. Owner is letting me change the suite numbers so only the location will be different. With the new space I will have more room to work and the space is better suited for what I need for the hat shop. The move shouldn't slow production down because I will be using the weekend to help stay on time. I'll keep everyone posted.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Raiders jacket to go with my hats

I just wanted to share my new Raiders Nowak 747 jacket  made by Riley Barrie.

Lead time update 10/21/10

I just finished up the last few orders that were due for October. I'm working on getting the last of there-blocks and touching a couple of orders that are due for November. Moving along nicely right now and a bit early for a couple.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tip of the day

Sweatband fitting tight. Unfold the sweatband and lightly wet the backside or inside of the sweatband. Trying not to get anything else wet. Fold the sweatband back into place. Put in your jack/stand or what ever jack you have. Let sit over night. Then take off of the jack. Then lightly treat with leather care product.

Friday, October 1, 2010

hat tip of the day

When riding in a elevator, it's good manners to take off your hat if you can. A must if there is a lady is in the elevator. Take a little common sence and not worry if your hands are full with packages and you are unable to remove your hat during the ride.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Lead times update

I'm already starting to work on may orders due in October. Last of the Semptember orders shipped except for one. I'm working on him and hope to get him done shortly.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

hat tip of the day

Handle your hat by the brim not the crown. Handling the crown can cause the the pinch of the hat to dry out from the constant grabbing. This can cause a hole to develope over a period of time.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

From as far back as I can remember I have always been enamored with the style imposed by a well worn hat.  My interest in hatmaking stems from my love of the fedoras of the silver screen from Hollywood's Golden Age, particularly those warn by Humphrey Bogart.  I was always impressed by the way my stepfather wore his stingy brim fedora.  It's hard to put in words what the right hat can do for the image of a man.

I spent the first 33 years of my life growing up in New York City.  It was there I first saw in theaters a film that would later cement my decision to get involved in hat making, "Raiders of the Lost Ark." 

 My love of the Indiana Jones hat worn by Harrison Ford inspired my quest for the ultimate Raiders hat.  For over 20 years I searched in vain for a hat that would live up to my expectations.  Then, in 2004 my quest finally came to a successful close when I discovered the Adventurebilt Hat Co., brainchild of master hatter and Mississippian Steve Delk.  In Adventurebilt Hats, not only did I find the ultimate Raiders fedora, but also a friendship with a man as devoted to hats as myself.  Through a common friendship with Steve, I was introduced to Marc Kitter of Adventurebilt Deluxe.  With Marc I found yet another friend obsessed as much as myself with the intricate details of the Raiders hat.  These conversations inspired me to start taking apart old hats and putting them back together.  With help and support from Steve and Marc I finally decided I would launch my own hat company, and thus was born the Penman Hat Co. in 2008.