I consider myself a hat addict. I never leave the house without one. Back in 2005, this was true as ever.
I went rafting down the mighty Toutle River with some of my closest friends. I was too young to have a license, but I had a raft and that was almost as cool. Halfway down the river, our raft capsized and my khaki quilted Burton hat (my favorite at the time) fell off my head into the murky waters of the Toutle.
The next time we faced that river I was determined not to lose my hat again. I took the shoe-laces out of my shoes, cut a small hole in the side of my new hat with a pocket knife, and the first Findlay Hat was born. I called it my water hat, and I wore it every time I went to the river or lake.
Fast forward 8 years. I grew up a bit but my love for hats hadn't changed. I was a professional photographer in a crazy competitive and saturated industry. My photo career was going okay but I needed something else to work on during the Winter Season. I still had my "water hat" and would receive comments on it every time I wore it.
"Dude that hat is so sick! Where did you get it? You made it? If you made more, I would buy one!"
So I decided to give it a shot. I pulled everything I had out of my bank account...about $1400...and put it into our first run of hats. We knew nothing about sourcing headwear, in-house production, shipping or running a business that sells physical goods.
To this day we are entirely self-funded, with no outside investors. Even though we are in almost 200 locations worldwide and have a team of bad ass employees, we are still 100% based out of our garage in Portland Oregon.
Garage based, world domination. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us.
- Jimmy Findlay Hickey
Jimmy Findlay Hickey
"Howdy! I just want to express how grateful I am to have the Findlay Force out there. Seriously, we wouldn't be here without you guys, and we are forever stoked to have such an amazing tribe of good people around our brand. We go against the grain, we aren't insiders or part of the "cool" scene. We are just a few people who are passionate about Findlay Hays and making the best products & company we can. We are the hungriest brand on the face of the earth and we are ready to eat.
That's all for now. Just remember to do what you love, with the people you love. Hot Bread Z!
Co-Founder & Head Seamstress
Handmade jewelry and apparel maker with sewing expertise. Dog lover at heart.
Harold "Fin" Findlay
My grandpa & best friend. World War II Vet who passed away prior to the company release. Inspiration for the Findlay name.
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