EasyLivingHats

Handcrafted for Travel, Wellness and Easy Living

Ithaca, New York · 172 Sales

EasyLivingHats

Handcrafted for Travel, Wellness and Easy Living

Ithaca, New York 172 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars
(50)

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Last updated on Feb 12, 2018

Celebrate Easy Living Hat's 1 year birthday! Enjoy $20 off any hat online when you subscribe to our email list. Just copy and paste http://eepurl.com/ddXSsb into your browser to sign up and receive your complimentary coupon!

** 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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Olivia Royale

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5 out of 5 stars
(50)
Nancy Wilkinson

Nancy Wilkinson on Feb 16, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Great hat!! It is so much fun to wear because of being able to adjust the brim. Wonderful color of black. Thank you for creating quality items.

Stefanie zielanski

Stefanie zielanski on Feb 6, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Olivia's shop was recommended by a good friend of mine who has a few of her items. Once I saw the pieces, I fell in love! The quality, versatility, and uniqueness of each item is incredible. Each is handcrafted, packaged, and personalized just for you. Olivia gets your order delivered in record speed and is truly lovely to interact with. Whether it is for you (treat yourself!), your spouse/partner, children, family, or friends - these are lovely and thoughtful gifts for anyone. I am proud to support this small business (lifelong customer right here!) and encourage you to do the same. Stay cozy, friends! :)

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Did you see the epic sale?? I'm offering $20 off sparklesAnysparkles Hat on the website when you sign up for the Easy Living Email list! Copy and paste the URL on the shop homepage!
Happy Valentines Day to all my adventure-junkies and wanderers out there! I hope your day of Love includes a hat you love.
I made myself a flexi-brim/floppy brim hat and didn't realize how fun it was
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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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