I’m a great believer in the spirit of American enterprise.
And I am convinced that there could be a modest income making “Made in America” bomber style hunting caps. Hunting hats made with real fur and produced by a small home-based sewing business. It could be an opportunity for a homesteading stay at home mom.
Sure there are lots of “Made in China” hunting hats on the market made with fake fur and synthetic fabrics.
But I’ve yet to see any “Made in the USA” bomber style hunting caps that weren’t vintage clothing or at least 50 years old.
If I was going to design a hunting hat with ear flaps, I’d use a heavy weight red buffalo check of 100% wool and rabbit pelts. The wool and natural fur would make a cap that is much warmer than the cheapo Chinese ones.
Wholesale fur prices are higher now days than they used to be because of the Asian markets. But raw pelts are still pretty affordable. If you live in a state where there’s lots of trapping you might be able to get fur cheaper than wholesale.
Bolts of 100% wool, fusible interlining, snaps and findings can be found online through some of the New York fabric and notion dealers.
Bomber style hunting caps are easy to construct and require only intermediate sewing skills.
From what I can tell the hats are pretty popular with old duffers. In fact there was a run on them at the local hardware store right before the first day of deer season.
I’ll just bet that the type of person who would wear a “Made in the USA” hunting cap would be willing to pay twice what the cheap Chinese ones cost.
What do you think? Is there a market for “Made in the USA” fur-lined bomber style hunting caps?