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I had had my eye on some styles of Fedora hats for a while but every time I would see some in stores, they were made in China.  Prices would vary from $30-50 even so.  The thought of buying a Chinese hat (something that I had absolutely no real need for anyway) would turn my stomach.  The other day, I was contacted by a representative of Hats.com.  Not only did they sell lots of hats, they specialized in selling made in USA hats!  I was literally bemoaning the state of American hat manufacture the day before.  The only made in USA hats I had come across in stores had been by New York Hat Company, but they were always too big, too thick, or too expensive for me.

So I was very excited and jumped at the chance to review a few hats for them.  The page I went to for the made in USA hats is here.   A good number of the hats are made by Bailey of Hollywood, some are the Hats.com brand, and there are various others.  I got the Cody, Timberland Litestraw, Connor and Bailey of Hollywood Parks cap.  I’ve had a chance to try them out and am quite happy with the materials and craftsmanship, as well as the style.  Actually, the store brand Cody and Connor are the most stylish of the four and the least expensive ($29 and $34).  All the hats say “made in USA” on them and the Hats.com representative assured me that they have relationships with all the factories that make the hats.

I am surprised that I had not run across them before, as I would definitely have bought a hat there if I did.  Above are photos of me in two of the hats.  (The shirts is American Apparel, by the way).  On the left is a good about-town hat while the right seems good for touring or day hiking.

The Bailey of Hollywood and Timberland hats are both manufactured by Bollman Hat Company in Adamstown, PA.  They are also the makers of the Hats.com branded styles. Bollman Hat Company also is the founder of www.saveanamericanjob.com, which was developed to help create awareness of Made in the USA products and US manufacturers.

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