There are many ways to make a hat, but not all hats are created equal.
You can put an iconic logo on one of the many standard hats offered by suppliers. Most of these hats are made overseas, and most of them look pretty much the same. We did that with our foam trucker hat, but knew we could do better if we got involved in the design.
Our first effort was the 5- and 6-panel hats this summer. The feedback we received was clear - customers appreciated hats that were built with the same construction quality as our boardshorts and a classic Birdwell logo, a special 55th anniversary logo, or newer designs like Shaka Birdie and OK Birdie. We were happy that you were happy, but we weren’t satisfied with improving only baseball caps and trucker hats. We decided to bring the same attention to detail in the development of our new Camper Hat.
The Camper is a soft, unstructured hat offered in two materials, cross-hatch indigo cotton and wool. We used the same, high quality cotton and wool to the make camper hats as we did when making our Cotton CPO Shirt and Wool CPO Shirt. Both hats feature a natural leather adjustable strap, debossed with Birdwell, and a nickel flip buckle.
The straps are natural leather from one single, vegetable tanned cowhide. The debossing was done by Prima Die Company, a second generation family-owned business operating in East Los Angeles since the 1950’s. For us, attention to detail includes every detail - the wool, the leather, the construction and debossing. We are committed to working with domestic craftsmen and suppliers, who are the very best at what they do so we can produce the very best products for our customers.
We also acquired the equipment to allow you to customize hats with patches, including our new California license plate patches. Since 1961 Birdwell has had one home— Santa Ana, CA. For 55 years, we have seen California license plates morph from the classic black plate, to the ’70’s blue plate and beyond. As an homage to our roots we offer two new patches, honoring both black and blue. Add one of these new patches, or any of our other custom patches, to your Camper Hat.