Every stitch has a story, every thread has a name.
Our fedora & straw hats are designed in LA, and handmade in small batches in New York. Each hat features a one-of-a-kind band designed in collaboration with our artisan partners. Our unique hat bands are skillfully crafted using techniques that are cherished and have been passed down through generations. Many of the artisan women rely on their weaving skills for independence, and to care for their families. Working with fair trade organizations and the direct purchase of these handcrafted bands helps to support rural artisans, and their families and communities.
Like our hats and their makers, we believe every person has a unique journey. The brand vision was created through our Founder's love of hats, travel, and culture. The meaning of KIYL comes from our founders' heritage, being a translation of the animal wolf. We hope you take your hat on your next adventure and we encourage you to Be Unique. Be Free. Be KIYL.