Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Kolb.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’ve always had a creative outlet in life – may it be painting, DIY, jewelry, etc. I was a little lost in life due to the fact that I was 30, freshly dumped, and in a new town. I needed to find a creative outlet to keep me sane and remind me who I was. Being someone who likes to “be different”, I’ve always loved statement pieces in my wardrobe; headwear was my jam. I was sick one day and decided to google “how hats are made”. ~5 hours later, I had a long list of what I needed to buy – a loose business plan – and a vast knowledge for hat making. Believe you and me, I wouldn’t shut up about how I’m going to make hats one day. After about one year of non stop talking about hats, March 2019, I finally made the financial leap and purchased my first set of tools and material. I watched endless amounts of hat making videos and began the mission of trial & error. I reached out to many hat makers, but only a small percentage were willing to share any advice. In September 2019, I branded myself “ErinBrittany Hats” – an ode to my late grandmother who called my EB – or Erin Brittany. My uncle came up with EB/ErinBrittany, probably because I was in trouble, but I can still hear my grandmother call me EB. So I ran with it! And the rest was history – to be super cliche!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Definitely not a smooth road. Being completely self-taught – zero mentors – minimal advice – wasting money on shit material – formulating my own stiffner – all the things, have been a struggle. Not to mention there’s not a lot in the way of sourcing from the US. My biggest struggle, and game-changer, was finding a source for material that is quality and doesn’t require minimums for a small business gal like such.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I hand make fur felt hats from start to finish. I don’t use any machines – just wooden tools that are created by hand as well. I hand-make each sweatband – hand sew inside each hat. Cut the brim to your liking – hand shapes the crown to your liking. I believe the thing that sets me apart is my aesthetic. I like to provide/offer fun non-traditional colors to my clients. Little subtle details are my jam. I work in the footwear industry for my day job and found little small metal clasps one day and was so intrigued by them. I wanted to add them to the brim of my hats – I add one large and two small to each hat; or work with the client on a number system that signifies something special in their life. Not only is that my signature, but I sew 4 X’s on the left side crown of each hat as an ode to me and my three sisters. X’s are an old school way of rating hats, but I found a new love for them. Each hat will always have 4 X’s and small golden clasps (silver on request). My overall motto is: I believe that every hat is NOT made for everyone. Yet. I believe there is ONE hat made for you. Made to go with you on all your life’s journey’s. Collect the dirt & grime. And tell YOUR story.
Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’m still fairly green in my hat making career; as it’s only been 2years – I think I’m a “stay tuned to see what’s next” kind of gal right now. Bigger and smaller things – Did someone say kids hats?
- Currently $250-$275++
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: erinbrittanyhats.com
- Instagram: @erinbrittany_hats
Albany Katz: White hat – girl with tattoos & Cream hat girl in the orange car with flowers Olivia Judkins: Shot on film. For ErinBrittany Hats X BEADOFF Collab