We had the good fortune of connecting with Kay and Sam McKenzie and Daniels and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kay and Sam, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
For years now, I have had entrepreneurial pursuits. As a metalworker and artist of other sorts, I have had my own company Spiral Moon Designs for about three years now, selling mostly at markets and art fairs. Once we got going with the hatmaking, it was an obvious step for us that we had to create a company and get our stuff out there.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We are in the business of making custom hats. We make fur felt hats through an age old process using vintage tools and techniques. What sets us apart from large well known hatmakers is that each hat we make is unique. We try to use inspiration from everything around us and create something beautiful and particular to each customer. We are still very much in the beginning stages of our business, so I think we are very much still overcoming a lot of challenges and learning the ins and outs of the business. There are a lot of learning curves to making the hats themselves and also working with customers to create their perfect hat and we are humbly learning more each day. We want people to understand the heart and soul that goes into each custom creation and also understand that with our products being handmade, there is a certain level of imperfection that comes along with that at times. You can really see the story and the human touch in our products and to us, I think that is the beauty in it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Whenever we visit Denver, we love to take friends to spots like City O City and the RiNo Art District. Before Covid, we always made trips up to denver to go see shows at Cervantes and Red Rocks and hope that we can continue to take friends there in the near future. Living in Steamboat, we can always appreciate the variety of restaurants Denver has to offer so we always try to visit new restaurants and explore new places whenever we are there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I think in the case of Steamboat Hatter, I really have to thank Sam. He recognized that this was something I really wanted to pursue and has done a lot to make that possible. And vice versa I think. I don’t think I would have been able to take on such a large project on my own, at least so quickly, and we really make a good team. We both have the drive to make this business a success and I think that has helped get us off the ground and moving forward in a positive direction.