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Easy Living Hats Workspace Build-out

Easy Living Hats is raising funds to renovate our new workspace so we can expand our production and distribution in 2021.

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Project Description

Despite the challenges of 2020, Easy Living Hats experienced a spike in online sales. Whether it was because more people were shopping online during the pandemic, or more folks were venturing outside and needed a good hat: our product sales grew faster than we could make them!

At the end of 2020 Easy Living Hats secured the perfect workspace in the Fall Creek Neighborhood where we can expand our production and distribution space! And we can now offer contactless, local pick up.

By opening a workspace, our local team of artisans now have a place to work and we can produce hats at a larger scale. We hope that a professional facility will serve not only as a place to produce hats but also lead to creating more job opportunities at our business!

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Easy Living Hats is a sustainable hat company based in Ithaca NY.  I started this business as a self-employed maker and up until 2019 I was making each and every hat myself. 

I have always been a big hat lover. When I was in my 20’s I lived on the sunny West Coast and I was always crushing my favorite straw hats. So I decided to use my skills of crocheting and make a sun hat that would be more flexible and packable. 

Years of research and testing has gone into designing  Easy Living Packable hats, as it had to meet 3 important factors:

* Sustainably made,

* Affordable,

* And wearable for all women.

Oh and it had to be packable!

This design is not only innovative, but practical: it will stretch to fit any size & it can be worn in any season!

Easy Living Hats now partners with a textile developer in Peru to provide naturally-dyed, organic cotton fiber. And we have expanded our local team to include other crocheters who help make the hats!  Each hat purchase not only protects the wearer, but it also brings joy and financial freedom to the lives and women who create them.

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To continue to produce hats and provide a safe workplace for our employees we are trying to raise $15,000 for a small facility build-out. 

Your contribution will start the development of our workplace: repairing the floors, repainting the space, building custom shelving for storage & organization, creating workstations and offices for our team, and a community space with displays for local shopping which are all necessary for our business to successfully expand.

 

As a single mother, I am thankful for the #HatFam and all the support that I have received for Easy Living Hats. Easy Living Hats are designed to help protect the adventure seeker from the elements.  That way, all you should worry about is enjoying the moment and environment that you are in. Easy Living Hats is at the cusp of an exciting new adventure and like any other journey it is better when shared.

We hope you will consider donating to our Campaign to help this woman-owned, sustainable hat company grow and take business to the next level.

I need you #HatFam!

 

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As of February 2020, Olivia was announced the winner of Tompkins County FAB 5 Young Professionals Entrepreneur of the Year Award, modeling how hard work and innovative thinking during a Pandemic not only brought potential growth to this small business but also shows how qualified Olivia is to grow her hat brand.  Our community supports Olivia's small business and we hope you will too! 

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I tell you what name I want on the "Wall of Love?"  Upon check out you will have an opportunity to include the names you want printed for the Wall of Love.  You also have the option to select that reward and give additional $$ to contribute for other people or to honor someone you love!

 

  • When do I receive my reward? All of our rewards have release dates and notes about how we will organize Artisan Packages and Photo shoots! 

 

  • What is the Campaign money being used for again? We moved into a new workspace but have no proper workstations, shelves, and the space needs minor repairs.  When we researched and priced out each small project the total cost came to over $15,000+ to be able to continue with production, packaging, distribution, and retail.

 

  • What if you don't make your campaign goal?  Folding Tables? We will probably have to prioritize projects if we don't make the budget.  Check out our Campaign Updates Page to see our Goal Floor Plan and project costs! 

 

  • Why did you need to move into the work space? Up until 2020 I was working from home as a self-employed maker, but my sales grew and I needed to hire help making our hats! I outgrew my home office and we were able to find something perfect right at the Holiday Season.  Now that we have some down time before our busy Spring Season we need to get the space up and running.  

 

  • I don't know if my payment went through Feel free to email me directly with questions about payment, processing, rewards etc. info@easylivinghats.com 

 

  • I purchased the Artisan Package and How many products will you sell? I am willing to list and sell 5-10 products that equal or are more than the $200 you contributed.  This package includes listings on our high-traffic website, listings on our social media page (mentions in the stories), & offered in-house during our Pop Up Selling days (select weekends around the holidays) I can offer to package and ship smaller items. Payment comes December 1st and January 5th minus merchant fees and shipping costs. 

 

  • I wanted to contribute $20 for multiple people but I can't figure it out:  Select the reward for "wall of love" and increase your dollar amount by x20 to include other people on the Wall too! There is also an option to write out the names you want included at check out! 

 

  • I am a Business & I want to Sponsor this Campaign. What do you mean by 24 hours of free advertising?  We will post about your business on our Instagram page and Facebook Business Page and it will run for 24 hours straight.  Both platforms reach close to 10,000 followers in total so its a great way to get your business "Seen!" We will also print a sticker of your business logo and include it on the "Wall of Love" so anytime someone visits our workspace you will be advertised there too! Please leave the name of your business at checkout (there is a box to fill out this specific information!) 
Kayla Thomas
03/26/2021
Name on our "Wall of Love"
$80
Lindsey Jakubowski
03/25/2021
Name on our "Wall of Love"
$30
FingerLakesCiderHouse
03/24/2021
Sponsor Easy Living Hats
$50
03/23/2021
Create Good Caps
$30
haleigh
03/23/2021
Name on our "Wall of Love"
$50
Jamie
03/23/2021
Monetary Contribution
$80
Liz S.
03/23/2021
Monetary Contribution
$20
03/23/2021
Create Good Caps
$30
I <3 small businesses
03/23/2021
Name on our "Wall of Love"
$20
03/23/2021
Create Good Caps
$30
30.00 USD
Create Good Caps

We are adding a new reward!  Help us close out the campaign with a bang and sport a hat that truly shows what you believe in: Creating Good, and supporting businesses that are trying to do the same! 

Very limited quantities!

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19 Supporters
Select this reward
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

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35 Supporters
Select this reward
20.00 USD
Name on our "Wall of Love"

a $20 Contribution gets Your name on our "Wall of Love!" We want to feature the #HatFam & honor your Support! Another Idea: Donate $20 in someone else's name as a dedication, or $20 for each family member! And when you come to see the new space in Spring snap a selfie next to your name on the Wall of Love and show the world You support small businesses! 

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39 Supporters
Select this reward
40.00 USD
Easy Living Cap!

2021 Marks the year for us to design a Easy Living CAP! Finally! Contribute $40 and receive our first sample run of a Cap design we are working on! 

36 Supporters
None available
50.00 USD
Sponsor Easy Living Hats

This reward is perfect for fellow businesses or professionals: A $50 contribution gets you Free Advertising for 24 hours straight on all of our social media channels AND your business logo on the "Wall of Love-" Our Hat Hub wants to showcase you too!

969 Left
31 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Limited Edition Lazuli Blue Sun Hat

Ok you DIEHARD #HatFam who is always asking me to make BLUE HATS! This is your chance-- a $100 contribution gets you one of our limited colors of the year.  Quantities are limited!

35 Supporters
None available
200.00 USD
Artisan Packages

This one is for my fellow Makers: For a $200 Contribution to the workspace, we offer to sell 5-10 of your products during the Holiday season, on our website and in-person events.  

Let's be honest-- we don't know where we will be by the Holiday season in 2021. In the event that we have another season without in-person events and shows, let me offer an alternative by selling your goods at some small Pop-up selling weekends and on our Website.  Consider it a "Holiday booth payment" and we will ensure you make your investment back-- and then some! 

We are only offering 10 of this reward!

10 Supporters
None available
250.00 USD
Family Hat Portraits

Mommy & Me Photo shoot anyone?? I've teamed up with Kait Martin Photography to offer Family Portrait sessions with Easy Living Hats.. Free Hat Styling, Free Hats of your choice & for everyone in the shoot, and 10 different Professional Family photos

We have 5 openings for a weekend in May (think Mother's Day.. This could make a lovely gift for Mom) and 5 open sessions for an Autumn Shoot in October.  

Only 10 of these photo packages available. 

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7 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
#HatFam OG

You've believed in Easy Living Hats since the beginning and want to show support! We will make sure you enjoy all of the rewards listed and forever supply of Hats and Merch from our company! 

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward

Rewards

30.00 USD
Create Good Caps

We are adding a new reward!  Help us close out the campaign with a bang and sport a hat that truly shows what you believe in: Creating Good, and supporting businesses that are trying to do the same! 

Very limited quantities!

6 Left
19 Supporters
Select this reward
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

9965 Left
35 Supporters
Select this reward
20.00 USD
Name on our "Wall of Love"

a $20 Contribution gets Your name on our "Wall of Love!" We want to feature the #HatFam & honor your Support! Another Idea: Donate $20 in someone else's name as a dedication, or $20 for each family member! And when you come to see the new space in Spring snap a selfie next to your name on the Wall of Love and show the world You support small businesses! 

4961 Left
39 Supporters
Select this reward
40.00 USD
Easy Living Cap!

2021 Marks the year for us to design a Easy Living CAP! Finally! Contribute $40 and receive our first sample run of a Cap design we are working on! 

36 Supporters
None available
50.00 USD
Sponsor Easy Living Hats

This reward is perfect for fellow businesses or professionals: A $50 contribution gets you Free Advertising for 24 hours straight on all of our social media channels AND your business logo on the "Wall of Love-" Our Hat Hub wants to showcase you too!

969 Left
31 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Limited Edition Lazuli Blue Sun Hat

Ok you DIEHARD #HatFam who is always asking me to make BLUE HATS! This is your chance-- a $100 contribution gets you one of our limited colors of the year.  Quantities are limited!

35 Supporters
None available
200.00 USD
Artisan Packages

This one is for my fellow Makers: For a $200 Contribution to the workspace, we offer to sell 5-10 of your products during the Holiday season, on our website and in-person events.  

Let's be honest-- we don't know where we will be by the Holiday season in 2021. In the event that we have another season without in-person events and shows, let me offer an alternative by selling your goods at some small Pop-up selling weekends and on our Website.  Consider it a "Holiday booth payment" and we will ensure you make your investment back-- and then some! 

We are only offering 10 of this reward!

10 Supporters
None available
250.00 USD
Family Hat Portraits

Mommy & Me Photo shoot anyone?? I've teamed up with Kait Martin Photography to offer Family Portrait sessions with Easy Living Hats.. Free Hat Styling, Free Hats of your choice & for everyone in the shoot, and 10 different Professional Family photos

We have 5 openings for a weekend in May (think Mother's Day.. This could make a lovely gift for Mom) and 5 open sessions for an Autumn Shoot in October.  

Only 10 of these photo packages available. 

3 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
#HatFam OG

You've believed in Easy Living Hats since the beginning and want to show support! We will make sure you enjoy all of the rewards listed and forever supply of Hats and Merch from our company! 

100 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward