On the Internet, I found an American community of hat makers from Los Angeles and consulted with them on all issues. The guys were very open to share their knowledge. They wanted to see that I would come up with.
My primary interest was the technical aspects. For example, how to make one or another shape of a hat, what tools are needed in work, and how to make the hat that does not lose it`s shape with time.
I sent them photos of my work and received constructive criticism and advice in return. In a year of our communication, I learned the basic techniques of sculpting the form of a hat that are executed exclusively by hands. I also figured out how to achieve the perfect felt treatment, and find out what's the difference between a cheap hat and the one that serves more than one year. The most important thing is that I learned how to do everything environmentally friendly, without the use of chemicals to seal the material.
Los Angeles is now the place of the largest custom community, but their design is rather traditional. They do not strive for a new one but are guided by the revival of lost traditions. My approach is based on the creation of models of unconventional forms with modern design that would be not only fashionable but practical in everyday life. In terms of technology, I prefer the symbiosis of the American and European schools, and work by hands became one of the main components of the brand`s DNA.