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Every hat tells a story. Support the launch of St. Catherinette and help find homes for 100% original reconstructed vintage hats.

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Hi there Kickstarter People~

My name is Kaili and I'm starting up a vintage hat company called St. Catherinette.  I take vintage hats from Europe ranging from the 1930's through the 1960's, then I deconstruct them, add vintage ribbon, antique pieces and found objects to make them 100% original. To get the ball rolling I need funding to order more vintage hats from Europe, purchase materials (ribbon, lace, antiques), build my website, create awesome photo shoots with my amazing cinematographer husband, make look books, business cards, labels and of course put together all of the Kickstarter rewards and send them out!  So many amazing things to be done, and with your support I will be beyond thrilled to make it all happen. 

~Kaili

How It All Started

It all started with a gift.  Last year I was going to attend a friend's birthday party and I wanted to make her something.  So I took one of my own vintage hats and took everything off of it, then reconstructed it using materials I had laying around my art studio. Not only did my friend love her hat but so did all the other girls at the party and they wanted me to make them hats as well. So I started making custom made hats for friends, and friends of friends, using vintage hats from Europe, deconstructing them and then adding vintage ribbon, antique pieces and found objects. I found that what I love most about the process is when the person and the hat find each other and the hat transforms the person. All of a sudden they hold themselves differently, with a bit more confidence and character. A little magic happens and we exchange smiles and joy.  I love taking old things that already have a story and then sharing it with another who continues the story.  My main inspiration comes from my family, nature, music, film, fashion from the early 1900's, and YOU.  Every one of my hats is 100% original just like you. I'd love to share with you a little history, magic and a smile. A gift from me to you.

Where Do We Go From Here

Up to this point I have been custom making hats for friends and friends of friends, as well as carrying a select few pre constructed hats in some awesome antique stores.  I'd love to branch out into more antique stores and vintage clothing stores in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York and every little town in between.  I'd love to then provide for those customers who bought one of my hats in one of those awesome stores and loved the hat but maybe wanted to change a thing or two, to then custom make them the hat of their dreams.  Then we get to create a little magic together, and can continue doing so into the future.  As of now I've only made hats for women and children.  I'd love to add a men's line as well, because there's nothing like a man who can rock a hat. Creating a line for men is something I'd be able to achieve if I receive funding beyond my minimum $7000 goal, so the higher I go the more I can give back! That's it in a nutshell.  From my lips to your ears.  We all have a story, and so does every hat.

CHECK OUT THE REWARDS BELOW!!!

St. Catherinette image to go on cards, stickers and tanks!
St. Catherinette image to go on cards, stickers and tanks!
St. Catherinette box for your custom made hat!
St. Catherinette box for your custom made hat!
St. Catherinette  limited edition art nouveau poster!
St. Catherinette limited edition art nouveau poster!
A friend rockin it St. Catherinette style.
A friend rockin it St. Catherinette style.
Beautiful bohemian mamma in her hat.
Beautiful bohemian mamma in her hat.
The romantic floppy hat.
The romantic floppy hat.
It's a hat party!
It's a hat party!
This hat is called 'Mama Bird'. If birds are your thing I can make you one in your style and colors.
This hat is called 'Mama Bird'. If birds are your thing I can make you one in your style and colors.
I call this one 'Classy Caitlin', dress her up or dress her down, she brings class to any outfit or occasion.
I call this one 'Classy Caitlin', dress her up or dress her down, she brings class to any outfit or occasion.
This is 'Baby Bird'. For all the little ones that love birds and nature.
This is 'Baby Bird'. For all the little ones that love birds and nature.

The hats above are examples of the endless possibilities that I can create for you. Your hat order will be 100% unique and original, just like you. I will take you through a fun and simple process where together we will make the perfect hat for you.

From my heart to yours ~ Thank You

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    A personally hand written St. Catherinette card giving you a heart felt thank you. A little love note from me to you.

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    Five St. Catherinette stickers to stick wherever your heart desires, tucked inside a sweet St. Catherinette thank you card.

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    A limited edition print of an art nouveau style St. Catherinette poster that I designed and hand painted myself, 9inx14in. As well as a hand written card and five stickers. Shipping included. (International backers please include an extra $10 for shipping purposes, thanks!)

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    A limited edition St. Catherinette tank top, printed with my logo on American Apparel womens tanks. You will also receive a limited edition poster and a sweet St. Catherinette card with 5 stickers tucked inside. Colors and sizes will vary. Shipping included. (International backers please include an extra $10 for shipping purposes. Thanks!)

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    Send me your vintage hat and I will reconstruct it St. Catherinette style and mail it back to you! As well as a sweet hand written card with a sticker inside. Shipping included. (International backers please include and extra $25 for shipping purposes. Thanks!)

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    One hat that I design specifically for you or for a friend. As well as a hand written card with a sticker inside. Shipping included. (International backers please include an extra $25 for shipping purposes. Thanks!)

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    One hat that I design specifically for you or for a friend in a St. Catherinette hat box. As well as a hand written card with a sticker inside. Shipping included. (International backers please include an extra $30 for shipping purposes. Thanks!)

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    One hat that I design specifically for you, sent in a St. Catherinette hat box. As well as a tank top, a poster and a hand written card with a sticker tucked inside. Shipping included. (International backers please include an extra $35 for shipping purposes. Thanks!)

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    Two custom hats sent in St. Catherinette hat boxes. Keep them for yourself or give them as a gift because it feels so good to give. A card with a sticker will be inside of the box as well. Shipping included. (International backers please include an extra $40 for shipping purposes. Thanks!)

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    This will give you the opportunity to come to my studio in Hollywood, CA where together we will design you a hat and choose another already finished for yourself or a friend. I will serve you homemade pie and tea. This offer is for people already in the Southern California area or for those that will be visiting before the end of the 2012 year. (travel and accommodations not included)

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    You and your kid, or a friend , are invited to my studio where I will design a hat for each of you. We will of course eat pie that I made. Then my amazing cinematographer husband will take a portrait of you together in your hats for you to keep. This is for people already in the Southern California area or will be visiting by the end of the 2012 year. ( Travel and accommodations not included)

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    Adult Milliner Party!!! You and four of your friends are invited to my studio for a milliner party. Each of you can choose the hat and accessories of your dreams and I will put it together for you while we all enjoy cocktails, a bit of food, and of course pie. Then my lovely cinematographer husband will take a portrait of you all in your hats for you to keep. ( Travel and accommodations not included and must book a date within 1 year)

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