Lower Park was created while traveling & living abroad. Originally from the Bay Area, owner Andre Wiken moved to Guadalajara to learn Spanish and ended up staying 4 years.. While living in Guadalajara he started a hostel and a few years later had the idea to start making hats with textiles he had sourced abroad.
In late 2014 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 a summer 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 the first batch of hats in the streets of the Mission District in San Francisco, CA.
In mid 2015 we brought our 1.5 year old daughter to Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain & Morocco for three months on a sourcing trip. Selling hats in the streets of Istanbul & Barcelona 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, craft fairs and pop ups.
Since launching, we’ve sourced fabrics from Turkey, Syria, Morocco, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Italy, México, USA, Canada, Nepal, India, Thailand, Indonesia & Australia.
Check out our production video where we make our product. Our hats are made in the center of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Andrew met Hector while sourcing material in central Guadalajara. He 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 for over 25 years and has worked with any fabric we throw his way.