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Here’s How to Ship a Hat The Right Way

If you own a hat business or you just want to send a beautiful hat to a friend of yours, then you might be familiar with the most common issue which might occur. How to ship a hat? Hats, by their nature, aren’t meant to fold. They can lose their shape and in worst-case scenarios stay that way forever. And, if you are, let’s say a hat retailer, the last thing you may want is that your customers get a hat which is unusable.

Therefore, we need to dig a bit deeper into this issue. In this article, we’ll cover everything there is about hat shipping. From various hat types to pick the best shipping method depending on which hat you are sending. The aim of all of this is that in the end, you just know how to ship a hat the right way. Simple as that. So, without further ado, let’s see what are the most important things you need to take into consideration when shipping a hat.

What Type of Hat Are You Shipping?

First and foremost, you need to know what type of hat you are shipping. This step is crucial. There are endless hats out there and they are all different. From timeless fedoras to casual baseball caps, every single hat type has its own story. We won’t cover all of the types here but they all do have some similarities. For example, see from what material is your hat made of. Is it soft? Or sturdy? Is it made of wool or leather? Some types of hats are generally more prone to transport than other ones. Take a rigid straw hat for an example. This type of hat can be crushed with ease and therefore, you need to be extremely careful when transporting it. On the other hand, hats that are made from cotton or wool are better for packaging and you don’t need to be super cautious when transporting them – since they can’t break.

How Should You Package the Hat

After you pick the hat you want to transport, the next thing is to package it. Now, keep in mind that this step is directly connected to the one above – picking the type of hat. There are a lot of things you need to take into consideration. Things like the material, size, and the look of the hat. With so many variations, things can get pretty complicated.

Thankfully, we are here to help you out. Usually, there are some typical hats that most people wear and therefore, we’ll cover some of the best tips about transporting those types of hats. In most cases, if the hat you are packing isn’t listed here, it will usually have some similarities with the ones we mention so you can apply the same concept to them. So, let’s see how to transport different types of hats.

Cotton or Synthetic Caps

Hats such as baseball hats, beanies, and other soft material caps are probably the easiest to transport. They aren’t sturdy and therefore they won’t lose their look when transported. They can be bent, folded and so on. So, if the hat you want to transport falls under this category, you shouldn’t be scared. Just place it in some kind of package and it’s ready to go. Also, the shipping cost of such a hat will be much smaller since it doesn’t need any special transportation.

Keep in mind that if you try to ship a vintage hat you should be more cautious. Like with everything vintage, the time takes its toll and the hat which was once flexible might not be so much when it gets old.

Wool Hats

Next on the list are wool hats. They are very similar to the category above but yet, they do have some things you should keep an eye on when transporting. What we mean by this is that the size of the wool hat dictates how it will be transported. If the hat isn’t big, then you can treat it the same as cotton or synthetic caps. However, if the cap is large in size, you need to package it a bit differently. 

Logically, a large wool hat will have a large brim. It might also have some additional details such as feathers or a ribbon band. What you want to avoid is wrinkling. To do this, you should stuff your hat with a regular paper and its surroundings. You can also place a hat in a large box (if you have one) and repeat the process. What this will do is protect the hat from crumbling and it will stop possible wrinkles.

Straw Hats

This type of hat is often very difficult to transport. The main thing you should consider when transporting this hat is the strength and texture of the straw. If the straw is flexible and you are able to bend it (you need to be certain that it will go back to its original form) you can pack it without too much thinking. Those types of hats won’t lose their look.

If you realize that the hat is brittle and that it won’t bend or that it will crash if you try to pack it, then you need to be more careful. Find a box that is big enough to place the hat into it and doesn’t try to squeeze the hat in a small package on the force. That’s no way to go and the hat will be deformed 9/10 times. 

Leather Hats

Leather is a premium material and you should treat it that way. In general, leather hats can bend with ease but there is one important notice about this. If the leather stays in the same position for too long, it will develop wrinkles and that is something which can ruin your hat-wearing experience once and for all. In other words, your hat can become unusable. So, how to prevent this?

If you don’t know, there are a lot of “leather protection sprays” out there. Basically what this does is that it protects the leather from moisture, wrinkles, and dust. So, if you ship a leather hat, be sure that you spray some of this stuff on your product. It will keep the hat safe and your friend/customer will surely be thankful that you keep their hat in safe hands.

As for packaging, there isn’t much to talk about. Leather hats are in most cases small in size so if you can find a decent box to place it in it should work out. If you don’t have a box nearby, you can just wrap the hat in some newspaper and place it in a bag. It will keep it safe during transportation and ensure that wrinkles don’t show. 

What Type of Box Should You Use?

This one is pretty self-explanatory and connected to all the points we mentioned above. Depending on which type of hat you want to transport and everything we said above, you should pick the box for packaging accordingly. Small hats don’t need big boxes and vice versa. It’s obvious. As a plus, try to always use a generally small box since it will minimize the transportation cost.

With that being said, if it’s possible, don’t use a box at all. If you can just wrap your hat in a plastic bag with some paper, then go for it. Most soft hats can be transported this way. This will halt your transportation cost and if you do it like this you shouldn’t be scared that your hat will lose its original shape. 

Transportation Cost

As mentioned before, the cost of transportation varies mostly on the weight of the package and its size. So, your aim when packaging should be to minimize the weight your package has. What this means is not to place too many hats in a single package. If it’s possible, you should separate the packages and send them individually as it is often more cost-friendly. 

Also, try to send hats that are small in size. Smaller hats have less weight and therefore will cost less to transport. If you really need to send big packages, you should notify the receiver of the package about the cost of such transportation. Then you can arrange who will pay the cost of it. In most cases, big packages need to be placed in big boxes and that’s something which will pump the cost of your transportation by quite a bit. 

Even though it might not seem like a big deal, you need to be careful when transporting your hat. It’s important that they don’t lose their original shape and you need to do everything that’s in your power to ensure that it doesn’t. Hopefully, after reading this article you’ll know what are some key points you need to acknowledge and you’ll become the master of hat packaging. After all, you wouldn’t want to receive a wrinkled hat yourself, right?

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10 Color Trends for 2019

Color is an art form, and with the endless spectrum of visible light, viewing conditions, shades, and base colors. The range of color one can achieve in various circumstances is infinite.

We are still creating and discovering new colors to this day and using them as guides for branding and fabric options at Delusion MFG, and I do not see this slowing down for a long, long time.

With that being said you may be asking yourself, “how am I should I go about choosing a color for my artwork, branding, fabric or everyday fashion ensemble?”

The best way to choose a color for future endeavors is by using Pantone Colors, these are the easiest to work with when generating artwork and matching fabric colors. Pantone color pallets and swatches are used for many custom headwear manufactures.

Any designer will tell you that these colors despite their fancy names and numbers hold vital information when it comes to color scales that are used digitally to pinpoint an accurate method for producing these in various mediums.

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I remember early on in Art Classes we were taught the acronym for a man’s name to remember the order of the rainbow / color spectrum; ROY G. BIV. Does this ring a bell? This could be one of the most important pieces of information you can obtain when using color because you not only learn the gradual change in color but allows you to choose secondary colors based on a position on the color wheel.

In this blog post, we will discuss both new colors developed based on previous trends, and how sometimes sticking to what you know results in a high success rate.

The spectrum never ends, but some trends do.

10 Trendy Colors for 2019

1. Raven (Pantone 19-0000 TCX)

Pantone color "raven"

This color’s name is representative of what you would imagine the color to be, a dark and mysterious shade of dark grey that does not quite reach a full-blown black, but quite close. Raven will add a nice professional look based on its position between a dark grey and black; while offering a very complimentary base for most colors to match secondarily.

2. Deep Water (Pantone 18-4032 TCX)

Pantone color "deep water"

Deep Water is a great centerground between light and dark blue. This color would be a great base or complimentary color for whites, creams, and other neutral colors.

3. High Risk Red (Pantone 18-1763 TCX)

Pantone color "high risk red"

No risk, no reward is the perfect description for this color. A seemingly medium red with bold characteristics will work well with someone looking to make a statement.

4. Oriole (Pantone 17-1350 TCX)

Pantone color "oriole"

The first time I noticed this color and saw the name it was clear to think of the Baltimore Orioles logo, which contains a nice bright orange to really make a statement in contrast to the black in the bird design. This same contrast could be a vital tool to bring your style together.

5. Spectra Yellow (Pantone 14-0957 TCX)

Pantone color "spectra yellow"

Sounds futuristic doesn’t it? This shade of medium to bright yellow is a statement color as well and will work great to draw attention to a branding area or article of clothing.

6. Treetop (Pantone 18-0135 TCX)

Pantone color "tree top"

A nice mixture of army and forest green, this subtle natural green would pair nicely with neutrals but also be a nice middle ground of sticking with what you know and making a statement.

7. Straw (Pantone 13-0922 TCX)

Pantone color "straw"

Straw is the epitome of a great neutral color, gaining its base from tan and beige. This color is one of the types of shades that I believe will only continue to gain popularity regardless of medium.

8. Tofu (Pantone 11-4801 TCX)

Pantone color "tofu"

Whether you like tofu or not, this is a great use of an off-white. Again, falling in the group that I would consider neutral, something like this works well with anything (as most neutral colors will).

9. Autumn Maple (Pantone 17-1145 TCX)

Pantone color "autumn maple"

Who doesn’t like fall? This color embodies a fall vibe and natural look that will be popular year-round. This color falls between an orange and brown, creating a nice mix.

10. Shaded Spruce (Pantone 19-4324 TCX)

Pantone color "shaded spruce"

This mix of blue and green presents a darker teal color for those who want to make a statement but not too over the top. We sometimes do not see enough of this type of shade, but I believe it will continue to gain popularity both in the street and high fashion industries, as well as home décor.

7 Eye Popping Colors for 2019

1 Island Paradise (Pantone 14-4620 TCX)

Pantone color "island paradise"

2. Pink Yarrow (Pantone 17-2034 TCX)

Pantone color "pink yarrow"

3. Carmine Rose (Pantone 17-2230 TCX)

Pantone color "carmine rose"

4. Hawaiian Surf (Pantone 18-4538 TCX)

Pantone color "hawaiian surf"

5. Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838 TCX)

Pantone color "ultra violet"

6. Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463 TCX)

Pantone color "tangerine tango"

7. Turmeric (Pantone 15-1264 TCX)

Pantone color "turmeric"

Pro-Tip: Some colors will never go out of style. Colors such as white, black, and other neutrals will always be popular in their purest form. Always consider this when putting together your palette.

While some choose to go quietly, don’t be afraid to be bold and different. Use your brand message and content / context as a guide for your color choices.

Colors can relay meaning, message and emotion.

We wish you the best of luck moving forward into the New Year and please do not hesitate to drop and questions comments directly on this blog page for us to lend some knowledge!

Be sure to check out our 6 style trends in 2019 too, it pairs nicely with this article.

Why Believe Delusion MFG

Because we have seen the results firsthand. We have been involved in the custom apparel industry since 2008, with previous experience in the brand apparel sector and hospitality industry. That’s almost 10 years of experience! We have seen how not only society and technology has continued to change but the growth of the small business. Delusion MFG can proudly say that we continue to team up with business (from big to small) around the world! We gladly lend our hand in helping businesses grow and succeed on the custom apparel spectrum.

Want some inspiration to get you started?  Feel free to check out our Instagram page. Our page shows just a fraction of the products we have created working with our customers.

Also, make sure to browse our wide selection of products from hats to leather patches and everything in between on Delusion MFG’s site.