EasyLivingHats

Handcrafted for Travel, Wellness and Easy Living

Ithaca, New York · 235 Sales

EasyLivingHats

Handcrafted for Travel, Wellness and Easy Living

Ithaca, New York 235 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars
(67)

Announcement   Easy Living Hats are handcrafted in Ithaca, NY. These hats are universal: They fit any size, can be shaped into any style, and can be taken anywhere because they pack flat!
Pick from a variety of natural and earthy colors!

** NOW Offering Wholesale: Here is a Guest Pass for any Retailers interested in placing a wholesale order.
https://www.etsy.com/guest-pass/5d53dcb0075b7689a4f730e8

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 1, 2018

Easy Living Hats are handcrafted in Ithaca, NY. These hats are universal: They fit any size, can be shaped into any style, and can be taken anywhere because they pack flat!
Pick from a variety of natural and earthy colors!

** NOW Offering Wholesale: Here is a Guest Pass for any Retailers interested in placing a wholesale order.
https://www.etsy.com/guest-pass/5d53dcb0075b7689a4f730e8

Olivia Royale

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5 out of 5 stars
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Diana Cesaro

Diana Cesaro on Apr 10, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I finally ordered my Easy Living Hat!! It is very well made, packs easily, reshapes easily and goes with everything. My only wish, is not the hat's fault... I have a pea sized head and it falls low on my head. But....I was able to tie the string tightly to fit me better! I will take it on all my jaunts and wear daily if the snow ever stops and lets spring + summer arrive!!! I bought a black hat, now I want a lighter color? decisions...

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Make your little ones happy this Easter with the cutest sun hat. Great for all weather and seasons. Pack n' Go makes this accessory easy for mom too stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye
The most convenient accessory is the Pack-n-Go Sun hats for women and kids. Small flexible brim for just enough sun coverage, stretches to fit varying sizes!
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About

Finding Peace through Craft

I often joke about how I am a grandma trapped in a young person’s body. I am a crochet artist, making accessories and knitwear that is stylish and relevant to current fashion trends. It’s a traditional craft, one people usually recognize as being something they saw their elders doing when they were growing up. I am not a grandma though, just a woman who loves quality made goods.

Coming from a modest background, I had to learn very young how to create a reality that I could be happy in. There was chaos and commotion all around me, but most of it took place inside my own head.

I learned to crochet when I was 6 years old.
When I was 24 I moved in with a friend in Venice Beach, California. She had established herself with the local artist scene; lost souls who found their way selling their craft on the boardwalk. We would set up a blanket on the sandy ground and lay out our art to make money. The only thing I had to offer was crochet hats. A lot of our friends would comment: “Who is going to buy a beanie at the beach?” and I would reply: “Tourists.”

And they did.

This was when my craft grew. I had to be smart. I had to create something that was not only relevant and practical for the customer, but carried a story that would identify their trip.

I had always had a passion for hats, I loved all styles. They topped off whatever persona I was trying to achieve. They were my mask from the world, or they were my way of fitting in. I could be anyone in the right hat.

With my business now I have decided to focus on making hats that resembled traditional millinery but were made through a crochet method. When I researched millinery I found that not only was it extremely expensive to purchase all the equipment and supplies necessary, but it was toxic too. The term “mad hatter” came from the fact that all the sprays and stiffeners used to shape the hat were making the workers sick during production. I crocheted a sun hat and fitted a wire in the edge of the brim to look like a straw hat. What I found was how much more practical it was. Not only was it light weight, but it stretched to fit. My friends could wear it, or I could tuck my hair into it easily. It also packed flat. That was always something about my vintage hats that bothered me: they were not easy to transport during my wandering days, without getting crushed. I also loved my hats because I had more freedom to play around with colors and fibers. Eventually I found high quality cotton and hemp yarns that were soft to wear, lightweight enough for summer, but cozy enough for colder seasons too.

I have been delighted to discover myself in this new product. When I am selling at Farmers markets and Artisan Shows, customers comment about how ‘they have never seen this before,’ and that makes me really happy. I want to create a product that is unique. I want to offer an alternative for the other hat enthusiasts out there. And I want to connect the customer to the story and create an experience for them. Often shoppers just go inside a big box store and purchase a blocked hat without much thought into the chemicals that harm the workers making it. With my hats they get to buy it directly from my hands, and learn the story behind the hats, knowing that it was made in a healthier and loving way. Each one is hand crafted, stitch by stitch.
Every day I get to live out a dream that used to dance inside my head as a child. For a girl who was always inside her head, it’s nice to put something on it that I can be proud of now.

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