Lower Park was created from traveling & living abroad. We appreciate rare designs and quality textiles. Our first year was full of sourcing and testing the market (selling hats on the street). We made our first batch of 300 hats with textiles from Syria, México and the United States.
The Syrian textiles came from a Syrian store owner we met while spending the summer of 2014 in Berlin. The US designs came from San Francisco, mostly vintage upholstery fabrics. The Méxican textiles came from a sourcing trip to Chiapas, México. We sold 300 hats within a couple months in the streets of San Francisco, this helped us fund a larger sourcing trip.
We brought our 1.5 year old daughter to Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain & Morocco for three months. Selling hats in the streets of Istanbul helped fund the second production. We returned with five large, fifty pound suitcases full of textiles and this helped us produce enough stock to start vending at festivals and craft fairs. We currently produce around 500 hats monthly and continue to keep them limited to 20-30 units per design.
Check out our production video where we make our product. If you've ever been in the manufacturing business, you'll know how difficult it is to get low minimums and consistent top quality. That's why we take the artisanal route, in the center of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Hector is the man who is in charge of the factory and has helped maintain the quality of our caps. He's been in the hat business since he was a late teen and is 100% tapatio.
Thanks for your support in helping us live an life full of travel, design & culture. We hope to continue traveling and one day have textiles from all corners of the world. Buy a plane ticket somewhere and get lost. You never know who you'll meet and where you'll end up.