The Best Designer Hats and Their Makers

The Best Designer Hats and Their Makers

Your friends influenced you to wear hats. They told you that this is an excellent fashion piece and regardless of what occasion you’re dressing up for, there’ll always be a hat which suits. And true enough, you were able to develop your love for hats because of these comments. Now, no matter where you go, you always have a hat on. You’ve embraced this fashion statement and you can’t leave home without one. Because of this fascination, you’re looking for new hats to wear. You think that these pieces can be a very good addition to your collection and to any outfits. To help you out with your search, here’s a list which highlights the best designer hats and their makers:

Bailey: This brand has been established as 1922 and since then, it continued to cater to different consumers, including some in Hollywood. Fred Astaire and Humphrey Bogart were fans of this brand! Who wouldn’t? Bailey has continued to consistently produce high quality hats up until this day. Its reputation and quality never changed throughout the years; in fact, it only became better. This brand has been made known because of its craftsmanship which specializes in gentlemanly styles. If you’re looking for a well-known designer who can offer you fedoras and felt trilbies, Bailey is the brand for you!

Goorin: Goorin is a family-owned business which originally started in the US. But with the success this brand has been getting, it became a household name over time. This has become an international brand and for very good reasons too – Goorin has a slick line of products which can satisfy any hat-lover across the globe, both for men and women. And if you want to own (or at least see in person) the porkie pie hat used in Breaking Bad, Goorin can do the job for you. This is the brand which made that iconic hat!

Christys’ Of London: One thing that makes Christys’ Of London unique among other brands in the market is that they offer a wide variety of designs. They sell military headwear and even headpieces for the royal families! Because of its craftsmanship and traditional skills, they continue to make a name in the fashion industry. So if you’re eyeing to buy anything from Christys’ Of London, you’ll be at ease knowing that you’re working with a great brand.

New Era: Snapbacks have been making the waves again – thanks to New Era! This brand has contributed for this fashion piece’s comeback. And although New Era has continually given consumers innovative hat designs fit for any generation, this brand actually started doing business as early as 1920. Since then, it became the exclusive distributor of on-field caps that’s worn by major league baseball teams.

Lock & Co. Hatters: This British brand infuses history and tradition in all of their designs. This brand has been producing the finest hats around the world as early 1900s. It’s the brand that produced headwear for Sir Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin! Lock & Co. Hatters continues to be the oldest hat shop in the world. And they wouldn’t be existing this long if their hats aren’t the best, right?

Past Present: Who says historic designs are stuffy and boring? When you use hats from Past Present, it’ll never feel like that! On the contrary, when you purchase hats from Past Present, you’ll be wearing pieces drawn from history while giving you comfort and softness at the same time. All of the collections from Past Present infuses history and modern style in a very creative manner.

Borsalino: If you’re someone who’s on the lookout of what’s hot in fashion, you must have heard about Borsalino. This brand was established in 1857 and has built its foundation to become one of world’s renowned brand when it comes to head pieces. Borsalino specializes in fedora hats but they also produce luxury flat caps.

Barbour: Unlike other brands in the market, Barbour offers hats which captures the countryside feel – perfect for someone who’s trying to highlight their British heritage! This brand also sells beanies and bucket hats which are crafted with the brand’s signature of waxed cotton and tweeds. All of these details create an authentic feel to anyone who wears it. If this style is up your alley, make sure that you shop from Barbour immediately!

Tenth Street: Founded in 1921, Tenth Streetcame from humble beginnings and transformed into the high quality hat making company it is today. Their style is making hats that not only blend a vintage feel with today’s modern times, but it also run by a close knit family. Making many different types of hats from Biltmore, Stacy Adams, to Scala hats, you’ll find something that is sure to please.

In Conclusion: Everyone wants to be unique with their fashion choices. Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd – and if you’re doing all of these with the use of a hat, like scala hats go ahead.. Just make sure that any hat you wear will make you confident and comfortable all the time. Remember, you should be wearing something which will make you shine, not do the complete opposite. If you want to give your fashion choices an overhaul with hats, consider the list provided in this article. It’ll give you an idea on what to purchase next for your hat collection!

 

Carson Finkle serves as the CEO for Tenth Street Hats, and through his marketing and sales training aims to push the California-based company towards becoming a powerhouse in its niche. As a team-oriented person with a penchant for making connections, Carson combines his business acumen and strong analytical skills with his communication skills to solve business problems and form fruitful relationships with both businesses and consumers at the same time. Tenth Street Hats takes its name from the original 10th Street and Broadway warehouse in Oakland California, where it remains to be an integral part of the Northern California culture even 100 years into the future. Tenth Street Hats, despite being a family-run organization, also makes sure the entire team has a bond akin to a real family. This also helped them maintain relationships with cutting-edge designers and expert craftsmen to deliver quality products.
Tattooing and Fashion: How To Make Tattoos Fashionable

Tattooing and Fashion: How To Make Tattoos Fashionable

You always love fashion. You want to be updated with the latest fashion trends and when you see a new fashion piece from your favorite designer brand, you immediately add these items in your closet. Your friends also know how you have a knack for fashion. However, you’re worried that you can no longer be as fashionable because you just got tattoos on different parts of your body. You fear that all of these inks will hinder you from looking your best. But nobody said that tattoos and fashion never complement each other; on the contrary, they do. Even if you have tattoos, you can still be very fashionable just like before. To give you an idea on how you can do it, use the tips presented below:

Consider the colors: This is a simple trick you can do so both your tattoos and fashion choices will look great together. If you have colorful and vibrant tattoos, pair them up with neutrals. Watercolor tattoos have become a fad recently and if you’re considering getting one, The Black Hat Tattoo can get the job done for you. If you have black and grey tattoos, you can wear colors to bring out the designs. Go ahead and wear your favorite pink dress or yellow romper! One rule of thumb when matching your tattoo and fashion though, is never wear anything that will clash with each other. This isn’t a very flattering look.

Consider the theme: The theme is also something which you should think about when you’re choosing pieces to match with your tattoos. This might look like a small detail but this can make a big impact for you to come up with a cohesive look. If you have Japanese style tattoos, you can wear Asian inspired fashion. You know, those fashion pieces which are silky and flowy. On the other hand, if you have traditional tattoos like skull and mandala prints, it can look great when you pair these with modern shirts and jeans. Watercolor tattoos work well with pieces which have the same color as your tattoo. So if you have tattoos of pink and blue birds, pick fashion pieces which have the similar hues.

Consider the location: Where your tattoos are inked on your body is also very crucial. You should choose hemlines, necklines sleeves based on the tattoos you want to show off. For instance, if you have a full sleeve tattoo, opt to wear a sleeveless top. When you have a chest tattoo, go for a strapless top. Regardless of where your tattoo is, there are many pieces available in the market which can help you show it off.

In Conclusion: Nowadays, more and more people are getting tattoos all over their bodies. Tattoos are no longer taboo but an avenue for self-expression and art. And if you’re one of these people, your tattoo shouldn’t be the reason for you not to dress well at all. On the contrary, your tattoos can even help you accentuate better your fashion choices.

Victor Miller is a writer contributing pieces to The Black Hat Tattoo. As a writer, he seeks to make sure his readers understand his topics by making sure the language he uses is appropriate and easy to digest. He supplements his writing by reading during his free time, or trying out creative writing.

 

Humble Beginnings for Graphic Artist: Lawrence Deacon

Humble Beginnings for Graphic Artist: Lawrence Deacon

When asked to describe himself in three words, graphic designer Lawrence Deacon used dedicated,  reliable, and ambitious. Three words, that when put together pave the road to success for a hard working artist with an iron will. A journey that began with a TV box in place of a desk and an ambitious dream, has turned into a successful career for this artist. With few international graphic designers coming from the Caribbean, Deacon’s background sets him apart, but his work ethic and determination will determine his future. Deacon takes the time to share his artistic journey, and some sage wisdom, with Raine Magazine.

RAINE: Describe the events that led up to the moment that you realized you wanted to be a designer/artist.

DEACON: I started drawing at the tender age of 7 after migrating to Montego Bay, Jamaica from my birth parish of St. Thomas. Throughout primary school and into high school, friends would pay me to do small drawing projects. Then, in high school a friend showed my work to the head of the art department. I was encouraged to draw more, and I started to push myself harder. One summer in high school I went to visit my cousin, and he showed me some incredible life-size paintings and drawings he did in high school and the first year of college. I was inspired even more, especially when he shared his college/art school experience. By the time I was in the 10th grade  I asked the head of the art department to sign me up for the CSEC Art exam. He wasn’t sure if I was ready but I knew I was. In 2013 I started art school, and by 2015 I had dropped out to pursue my dream of becoming a recognized graphic designer. It has been an enjoyable uphill journey since then.

RAINE: What inspires your works of art?

DEACON: My art is inspired by the conflicts within oneself. I believe that life can be imperfectly perfect. It’s me trying to navigate my daily challenges. Art started out as the place where I could hide my thoughts and look for comfort or answers, hence why I called my pieces the Encrypted Truth. Now I am solving bigger challenges in the workplace where I am tasked with delivering the best service to my customers.

RAINE: Do you have a philosophy or mantra that you live by?

DEACON: Use what you have to the best of your ability.

RAINE: Who has been the most influential person in your life on your journey as a creative entrepreneur?

DEACON: I would say myself since I often find myself whispering quietly , “I’m not giving up.” On a serious note, my mom, she’s such a  strong influence especially because she was a teenage parent and she has never given up on me or herself. To see what she has accomplished today; I am proud of her, she’s a true role model.

RAINE: Financing one’s business seems to be the biggest challenge for most. What tips can you share about tackling or overcoming this challenge?

DEACON: I’m probably the worst person to advise on this but who knows, I may be a financial advisor in my own company one day. I started off broke after dropping out of college. I was using a fifty inch TV box as a desk, knowing that I had to put in hard work and keep an optimistic mindset about accomplishing my dream. I’ve learned that money is a tool, just like you are a tool to your business. My advice to you is do all you can, while you can, until you are able to finance the parts you couldn’t.

What’s your favorite quote?

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs

RAINE: What are some exciting things you have coming down the pike that we can look forward to seeing?

DEACON: I am working on quite a few exciting upcoming new projects. I am collaborating with Chronixx on his Chronology Caribbean Tour, designing cover art for  Coco Jones on her upcoming single, also designing for upcoming reggae artist Sabree for on her new single off her EP that’s coming out soon. I will also be launching my illustration brand called Delawness soon, which I am excited about.

RAINE: What has been the biggest project that you have worked on to date?

DEACON: Honestly, I never took the time out to evaluate because I’ve always been busy working and each project to me is treated as another stepping stone towards accomplishing the dream. It’s a truly remarkable experience working with all the brands who have hired me over the years.  Overall, my biggest project was working with a watch brand out of the Netherlands, Time 22, on developing their brand identity. It was my first job designing something that would be printed in grade 5 titanium.

RAINE: What words of wisdom would you share with other creative entrepreneurs?

DEACON: I would say don’t try to save up to start your business, it’s like saving to be rich and that’s a death trap. Start off with what you have, prepare to work long hours and sleepless nights filled with hungry days because there’s no lifeguard team coming. Just ensure you are surrounded by supportive individuals even if it’s only one because it will get lonely. When you feel like giving up take a break- not a vacation but a day off. Just allow things to process for a day or two, you will feel better the next day.

 

Neuroon: the best sleep you can get

Neuroon: the best sleep you can get

The Neuroon is a revolutionary wearable device that combines advanced brain wave and pulse measurement technology with a comfortable sleeping mask commonly used in air travel. Using built-in biometric sensors, the Neuroon system analyzes the user’s sleep architecture, calculates a sleep efficiency score, and offers optimization advice. In addition, the Neuroon mask uses Bright Light Therapy, a technology that can alleviate jet lag, improve sleep efficiency, and help the user to fall asleep faster. The Neuroon is a system comprised of three components: a comfortable mask made of soft, hypoallergenic material, the Smart-pack, which contains the device’s sensors and electronics encased in medically certified silicone, and the Neuroon mobile app that controls the mask wirelessly using Bluetooth.

The Neuroon offers six key features that will help improve the quality of life of its users:
Sleep Analytics is a core feature of the mask and offers the user the unique opportunity to thoroughly analyze their sleep. When the Neuroon connects to the app, it transmits a sleep report that details how long it took to fall asleep, as well as the sleep duration and patterns. The mask then calculates the Sleep Score, a sleep rating based on the objective data measured by the device and the subjective user’s experience while asleep. The data is collected with three gold-coated electrodes that contact the skin on the user’s forehead. The Neuroon is the first advanced sleep sensor on the consumer market with this level of technology. The other currently available consumer sleep measurement devices only measure the user’s movements (actigraphy) and pulse. The Neuroon, with its advanced sensors uses complete polysomnography, the gold standard for medical sleep studies.

Light Boost, or Bright Light Therapy, provides a burst of energy that helps increase focus and reduce sleepiness by regulating the user’s melatonin levels. The light source is located in the Smartpack and interacts directly with the user’s eyelids ensuring a comfortable and discreet light therapy during a typical 20-minute session.

Jet Lag Blocker helps combat the sleep disorders associated with rapid time zone changes. After setting the travel destination in the mobile app, the mask automatically fine-tunes the appropriate therapy and offers a number of recommendations to help the user optimize their circadian rhythm while traveling. For the best results users should start the therapy several days before traveling.

Neuroon Sunrise is an intelligent wake-up program. Using Bright Light Therapy, the program uses light to initiate wakefulness at the correct moment when the sleeper is in a light sleep phase. Normal alarm clocks often interrupt the sleeper in a deep sleep phase resulting in grogginess, disorientation, and an unpleasant mood. With the Neuroon Sunrise, the user will awake feeling refreshed and alert and ready to start the day.
Personal Pause is an intelligent personalized nap program developed for the Neuroon. The program prevents the user from entering the deepest sleep phases alleviating sleep inertia while maintaining all the benefits of a good nap. The mask and the app will plan ideal nap times based on the users historical data.

Biorhythm Adjuster is the last key feature that adjusts the user’s sleep cycles to irregular sleep schedules. The program adapts the user’s circadian clock to changing wake up times and irregular lifestyles often associated with shift work. It also supports the process of falling asleep, which can be disturbed by the artificial blue light emitted by electronic devices.

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