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Shady Brady Hats - Story
 
Let me tell ya...
John Brady started Shady Brady Hat Company back in the days of Hippies and "Flower Power". I ran into him at a trade show and was curious about his hats.  John was a beach kinda guy. Laid back most times with just enough paranoia to keep him attentive & sharp! He had a retail thing in California and began to make his own hats. His forte has always been something with a laid-back look and still hold up in the weather.

This was accomplished with a very special straw, I later found comes from Ecuador, and lots of a special lacquer applied in many multiple layers to get just the right blend of comfy on your head and holding up the look. 

He began with adding simple twisted and braided hatbands on hat bodies made for him. When California celebrities would visit the beaches, they fell in love with the look and comfort. Soon, celebrities were photographed by paparazzi while wearing these hats. Zoom, there it is! They took off! (Shady Brady Hats took off. The celebs were allready celebs!) 

One day at a Denver trade show, John and I shared a showroom together. I was manufacturing fringed leather accessories and trying to market them across the world. Last day of the show, John had had several stores come in and buy all along. I had had several major buyers looking. Last day, last couple hours, Here came all these orders for my products. I was writing as fast as I could. John's eyes got bigger and bigger. John said , "That's the way it goes , man. All of a sudden it just hits & takes off!"

John and I developed a small bond over the years. A mutual respect.  And now that Mr Brady is no longer with us, and his hats have been off the market for lots of years. I wanted to resurrect some of them, as "look alikes", in his honor. But I can't put his label in 'em. That just wouldn't be right to do. ( I'm workin on another "Cool Name" and ya'll can email me some suggestions if ya'll like to.)

I have found the RCA type bodies and we layer multiple coats of hand applied hat lacquers, and board lacquers too, to these bodies. The styles we have are the open woven crowns of the Raffia style, original Shady Brady hats. As time and $$$ allows, I'll expand the line and keep you informed.  I did think I should leave pics of each of his "famous" styles for you to enjoy. You'll enjoy the hats too. (These prices of discontinued styles were effective as of early 1990's. Thot ya might enjoy seeing how much thing change & how much they stay the same!)  

Our "revived hats" have a Comfort Sweat inner lining. They breathe. They hold shape, unlike the "shapeless after it rains" types you see in so many tourist shops. I hope that everytime you wear your hat, you'll imaging my friend John Brady, on the beaches, surfboard in sand. Maybe a drink in hand. You can sort of become your own Jimmy Buffet, as you relax, and dream of the good old days and even better days to come. Take in a deep breath and a deep prayer, knowing dreams do come true. (As long as you work like crazy while yer dreamin!)   

God Bless Ya,   ChuckyT


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