Crafts Folk: Paul’s Hat Works

by Alexis on February 15, 2013

One of my favorite articles in Issue No. 10 is “Timeless Trades,” which profiles a blacksmith, a denim designer and a group of hat makers, all working to keep alive crafts that are becoming rarer. I enjoyed the glimpse into each profession in the magazine, but am especially excited to share a series of videos photographer Thayer Allyson Gowdy directed for an expanded look. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting them here.

First up, a look at the work of the four friends who bought Paul’s Hat Works, a classic hat shop in San Francisco. Watching the process of steaming and shaping straw hats, hearing about the weavers these women work with, and seeing the beautiful, timeworn tools they inherited from the previous owner makes it easy to understand why they made the jump into the hat making business!

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