Anxiously standing in front of what seemed to be your average, Northeast Portland residential home, the door opened. With his beard screaming PNW comfort, wearing shoes of the athletic supreme, & a welcoming facial expression, he introduced himself as Jimmy. We swapped intros & exchanged the tip of the hats, as Jimmy graciously invites me in. Before I got the chance to take a gander, 3 beautiful 4-legged creatures greeted me with a strong & loving presence. Almost like this had been rehearsed for months, each dog strived in strategic mechanisms for making sure I knew that this interview, will involve the 3 amigos. From Gator, with superior kisses you can’t reject, to Ladybird standing at a close second with glaring-jealous eyes that will melt your soul. Then theres precious Ruca, a gentle giant with silence so golden, you can’t help but drop everything you’re doing.
Now trying solely not to surrender to the forces of puppy love, I turn my attention back on Jimmy, who's now stepping through a door into a garage. For what generally stores family automobiles, dad’s never-used tools, even cherished “with-come-age” toys & trinkets, is now storing Jimmy's full throttle gem, a 5-speed Machine that needs more than the "wax on/wax off" treatment, & a polished squad ready to tackle anything in its way. For putting the pieces together, Jimmy is the inevitable Jimmy Hickey. Not only the brains & founder, but he eats, sleeps, even shares his home with his prize possession FINDLAY HATS; A Epic Hat & Apparel company thriving on a unique snapback, while ranging from beanies to graphic tee’s. even with a upcoming women's line in the making, all of this isn't what sets the bar for Findlay. With over 600 styles, not only does this particular team have the Headgear steez on lock, but Findlay Hats takes the phrase "Hold On to your Hats," into heights a huge company like ZUMIEZ had to be apart of.
Now knowing this wasn’t your average house, garage, now even hat, this company grasped something that would take a outdoor voyager & their love for the snapback to the next level. It was plain & simple. Even in your most wild sporting/ outdoor event, the laces are there for you to never worry about your hat falling off. When the laces aren't keeping you & your hat together forever, they fashionably rest on the bill, making a statement & staple in the hat fashion era. While this brand make dreams come true to the vigorous outdoors athletes & explorers, it completely fits the Pacific Northwest motto.
"...Findlay [Hats] was just a Side Project." Jimmy
"I dropped everything and moved here for Findlay... The hardest decisions for me was figuring out with to do with my stuff. I committed to Jimmy & Findlay Hats from day one." Tyler
After Tyler explained how they finished a huge order, I was shocked. For everything had a home, and every nook & cranny had a story. The Garage was breathtaking. Then it hits me. This is exactly why this Findlay Hats, gets to be in over 35 Locations at Zumiez. And being the Hand-ons stars they are, not only did they create a collection just for them, but from state 2 state reached out to different Zumiez locations, teaching peers about Findlay, what they stand for, and giving much props to thenow sub family that continues to put them on the map. Maybe your a realist, a person who needs solid proof of something with this much praise. Of course they also have that covered. check out the strong clique that puts Findlay Hats to the ultimate test. They are called the Findlay Force. From #1 in the world ranked Flyboarders, out of this world skateboarders & Skydivers to boss ass musicians, these men & women have Findlay's back 110%. with culture, extraordinary passion, and a product that talks the talk and walks the walk, Findlay Hats are just as needed to us, as we are to them.
While discussing how they became a brand of such a supreme, grabbing some BTS shots, and realizing that the dogs were in fact having their 10min of fame, 3 more members of this Portland team arrived. First there's Sarah; the Bad ass with some mad sewing skills, wearing the Co-founder & Seamstress crown. Nick Hammond, the suave designer & Art Director pops in, followed by Krystle, the fashion forecaster that knows her shit & killing it managing the upcoming exciting new collection for the thriving women. I was now surrounded by the sole core of Findlay. It was hard not to notice how comfortable they were around each other. To not only eat sleep, work, unwind and socialize with one another, seeing them communicate smoothly, backing each other up, and finishing each other sentences seemed like only a dream for any squad goal. It was clear that whatever they're doing, they're doing it right.
" We somehow find our inspirations work together..." KRYSTLE