Carl and Ellie

Lucky us!

Long time friends Ellie Mathews and Carl Youngmann included a visit with us on their recent road trip from their home in Port Townsend, Washington. We can't say enough good things about them, so we'll keep it short and sweet. Here they are on Alameda's Crown Beach. Ellie is wearing a stingy brim Ray Panama Fedora with a linen band and Carl is sporting our new Slouch Fedora.

Ellie's latest book is her account of competing and winning the Pillsbury Bake Off.

Liz and Slouch Hat

The 15th San Francisco Silent film Festival kicked off with a rare opportunity to see the sole surviving 35mm print of John Ford's The Iron Horse. Also a rare opportunity to see our busy friend Liz Keim and hand off a Slouch Fedora. Liz herself is no slouch - she is created and runs a fabulous film program at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Liz emailed - "I love my hat. I dreamed last night that I lost it and all of these people kept bringing me hats saying, 'Is this it?'. I tried every one of them on but none of them felt as good as the one you gave me. So this morning the first thing I did was get the hat and put it on. I love it."

I love this hat!

George Maxe

"Thank you, San Francisco Hat Company, for customizing my new Delta hat! I'm never without it whenever I play golf. And I play a lot of golf as the Executive Director of The First Tee of San Jose -- a life skills program which builds the character of youth to help them succeed in life. I love this hat!"

George Maxe
Executive Director
The First Tee of San Jose

Beams says Thumbs Up to Stingy Brim Panamas


Beams, Japan and Hong Kong

Christian's Brim

Christian's friend Whitney Hess borrows his Ray Fedora panama hat at the IA Summit 2010 - Information Architecture Summit.Our friend, Christian Crumlish, plays his Uke at Chronkite Beach in his Ray Fedora with an orange linen band. He's just published Designing Social Interfaces. We built the SFHAT website in Drupal after reading his book The Power of Many.

Glenn Switkes

Glenn Switkes in Patagonia

On Sunday Sally and Stefan attended a celebratory memorial  for our friend Glenn Switkes who died suddenly a few weeks ago. One of Glenn's friends asked us all to live our lives as we would want to be remembered. Glen accomplished a lot and had fun while doing it. Glenn was a force for the preservation of the Amazon, fighting dams and keeping rivers free flowing.

First at Rainforest Action Network and then as the Amazon program manager at Ineternational Rivers Network Glenn built coalitions of local communities and taught media awareness and film making.   Glenn and Monti Aguirre's  film “Amazonia: Voices of the Rainforest.” was perhaps the first major  documentary to call attention to the destruction of the Amazon.

Before that he made “Four Corners: A National Sacrifice Area?” His latest film is Tapajós: A Cry From the Heart of the Amazon Sally and Stefan and Stefan's sister Annelise knew Glenn through many shared friends with crossed paths. Perhaps your path crossed Glenn's too.

TAKE ACTION to keep the rivers of the Amazon and Patagonia free flowing.