Hatmaker Week 9, February/ March 2019: New Month, hatmaking and operation.
February has passed and March with its winter weather continues. For those into skiing, the Swedish Vasa-race (www.vasaloppet.se) is on. In the Swedish history the King, Gustav Vasa, fled the Danish soldiers through Sweden that gave birth to this annual race. It’s a 90 km distance where the winner usually finishes at around 4h. In the north of Sweden there is winter, in the south its still a bit of Spring.
This week I finished up additional Leifur Hats, not made in my traditional Leifur Lucky style, but the way I used to make them. 5.5 inch tall crown in both Sable Brown and Emerald Gray. The Gray-Beige SVEN HOMBURG is the same hat I started on last week. As the the brim had not dried properly I had to start the week by shaping the additional curve and let it dry for a day or two before starting the brim binding. Turns out that I don’t have the exact matching brown thread in the studio. Something I need to buy first thing on Monday morning before doing anything else. Possibly finish the hat by Tuesday.
I have been working on 5 hats in total this week. There is another SVEN HOMBURG coming up in Sand Color and and an OPEN CROWN in Moss Green. Both will be completed by mid next week. I had a lot of HJALMAR BOWLER and SVEN HOMBURG orders from end of December and all through January that are coming up now for assembly. It also makes the process for making other hats a bit longer since there is more stitching work that needs to be done. Binding a brim adds another week due to the pre-shaping the brim and then actually binding it.
With these hats completed all orders from 2018 up to December have been finished. I am starting all January orders now and catching up as much as possible. Within the week I also had to handle my warehouse for a recent replenishment of shipping boxes that I had to organize and fold. It’s a temporary warehouse where I store deliveries before shipping them closer to my studio. It took hours away from studio work and did have a slight impact. Running a small business, there are a lot of operational aspects that must be handled in order to be able to focus on actually making hats.
More hats coming up next week, some are similar, but also a lot of new styles too. Have a great weekend!
/ Mikael Einarsson | HUFVUD HATMAKER