Washington x Vintage Baseball Cap

"You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them." - Satchel Paige

You can ask yourself what antique American quilts and the game of Baseball have in common, but we doubt you'll find the answer without owning one of our latest creations.

To be honest, it's probably a similar answer to the question H.B Reese asked himself about how peanut butter and chocolate would go together.

Quick Answer: Sometimes unlikely subjects make perfect bedfellows.

Do you like to know the backstory before the full story? We do too. So click and dig in.

We hope you can appreciate that this entire edition has been shot on film with no post edits. 35mm, Medium Format, Polaroid Land Camera and Fuji Instax were all utilized using various black and white and color films. All main and backstory images and the shots below were captured on FILM with the exception of quilt details and three hat detail shots which were made in our studio on a digital camera.

The inspiration for this edition came from a trip to the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle, Washington. And it wasn't just one trip, but multiple trips. We know Seattle having lived in SODO before it was really 'SODO' (Allison and i lived in a loft adjacent to the baseball and football stadium which was pretty wild back before things cleaned up) however we did our best to see the city through a tourist's eye. *A tricky feat in case you didn't know.

Some would say it was the clean air, or the beautiful views that helped us land on our design for Edition 010, but we know it was a couple beers , a hot dog and a little game of baseball between the Seattle Mariners and the NY Yankees that set this creative plan in motion.

"The commotion of the fans. The smells of popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, french fries. The manicured grass field with clay baselines. Cold beer , the heat of summer sun, King Felix ( Seattle's starting pitcher)- It's pretty easy to get wrapped up in all the nostalgia that is "America's Favorite Pastime' with those images in mind." - Jasen

Creative concepts sometimes die on the floor without a place to execute them, as many creatives know. Such seemed to be the case with this idea too.

A few trips passed before we were able to find the right partner to make the hats. Through our pals in the Seattle area we were introduced to Matt Noren. Matt runs his own sewing studio in SODO seattle. While running his own brand, Lost Lands, rumor has it he can be talked into taking on side projects.

A couple months passed since our initial intro due to busy schedules on both sides, a release of edition 008, and Matt's heavy balanced work/life/surfing schedule. Eventually in June, we managed to get together in his studio to prototype the concept out of one of our favorite quilts.

First samples proved tricky. The shape of the hat mashed up against the vintage quilts made it slower and more difficult to sew. The fabric was different per quilt. The stretch of some quilts was more than others. Such is usually the case with vintage fabric, but this was even harder due to the quilting.

Over and over we played with brim construction and crown shape. I stressed the need for a longer brim that would hold shape, while being soft enough to fold up and fit in your bag or pocket.

Sampling continued. After many attempts we found a consistent method and the 4th sample was just what we were looking for - a cap with structure, but soft enough to retain the buttery feel of a 70 year old quilt.

Now you can grab one for yourself. 60 hats were made, 40 or less will be for sale. Check the made by elsewhere link to see each hat available. As always, thanks for supporting this experiment. Live a slow life.

*Go Dodgers!

"Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life"- Jackie Robinson.

October 2017

Edition 010 #54

$175 USD