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Meet the Sewers!

Heidi Michele Design takes pride in the fact that all of our eco-friendly panels are hand sewn. Each one of our sewers has a unique story and a special connection to the outdoors . We're putting a face to those hands that work hard to give you the artisan trucker hats you love...

Dawn Hendrix

     Dawn is the daughter of a USAF pilot and considers herself from all over. She is now an outdoor enthusiast that lives in Westfir, OR. Sewing Heidi's hats is a fun past-time for her when she's not running her B&B, the Westfir Lodge or coming up with some new herbal concoction that she uses in her B&B. How she finds time to sew amongst her many hobbies we're not sure. She's always immersing herself into nature on long hikes, bike rides, or snowshoe adventures. Dawn loves all of Heidi's hat designs and admires the creativity that goes into each one. 

Nelly Drogin

     Nelly Drogin is a desert baby, born and raised in Moab, UT. Her love for the outdoors alines perfectly with us. Mountain/road biking & yoga is her jam, "I love the feeling of physical power, mental freedom, and camaraderie I get from these sports..." exclaims Nelly. She works full-time at Nichols Expeditions as their office manager setting people up with their next epic adventure! 

Nelly's favorite Heidi Michele Products

 

 

 



 

Barbara Miller (AKA Heidi's Mom)

     Barbara and Heidi's Dad live in Redding, CA. "I don’t have a “real” job. I am merely always “on call”. On Call to fetch materials for Heidi’s Dad at Home Depot. On Call to take cats that swallow things they shouldn’t to the Vet. On Call to babysit our grandchildren in Alaska during school breaks. On Call to help Heidi with her hat sewing when she’s got a really big order and is in a panic about meeting her deadline." 
     As you can she she's a very busy woman. She would always ensure that Heidi and her two brothers were out of the house playing outside, "to get them out of her hair", she admits. Their family outings consisted of exploring the Arctic tundra in Heidi's youth and in her teen years they would tromp through the rock canyons of the Desert Southwest. 
     Age hasn't slowed her Mom or Dad down. They get out regularly to enjoy a peaceful sail off the West Coast or to hit the slopes at the nearby resorts. As long as they can they will continue to make the most of the outdoors that are around them and enjoy them any and every way they know how. Barbara has been collecting pins on vacations long before Heidi was born so it's no surprise that her favorite product of Heidi's is her pins and patches

Nadia Almuti

     Nadia grew up in Northern New York and currently resides in Grand Junction, CO when she's not traveling across the country in the Bot van (her van is literally covered with spray paint robots and goblin heads...not as creepy as it sounds). She met Heidi how she meets most people because of their mutual love of the river. Nadia loves the challenge of paddling whitewater standing up, she loves how it puts you in the moment and finds it very meditative. She's paddled all over the world from Japan to Zimbabwe. Her love of nature drove her to pursue a career working as an environmental scientist, as well as the media and team manager for Hala Gear Paddle Boards. Be sure to follow her amazing adventures on Instagram @gnardia and visit her website www.nadiaalmuti.com

Nadia's Favorite Heidi Michele Product

Ashley Coey

     Ashley lives in Bend, OR...not far from the Heidi Michele HQ in Oakridge. She's a certifiable badass working as a paramedic and CrossFit coach. Thrill and adrenaline is what she looks for in her outdoor activities. She loves the rush of gravity sports like mountain biking and snowboarding. If it means going fast down a mountain then Ashley's all over it. 

Ashley's Favorite Heidi Michele Products

     HMD is always on the look out for new talent in the Oakridge, OR area. We're committed to helping create jobs in the town we're based out of and love so much. If you have a knack for sewing and live in Oakridge or in a nearby surrounding area please reach out to us!
 

 

Sneak peek '17 Hat Designs

Blue Pool

National Parks are Heidi's jam so this shot from the Lassen Volcanic National Park comes at no surprise. There is something so energetic about these volcanic hot spots. The heat emitting from these pools is a strong reminder of how alive this planet is. 

Purple Forest

The redwoods on the Purple Forest hat signify strength and longevity. Growing up to 350 feet  and living anywhere from 500-2,000 years they are one of the most unique trees on this planet. If you visit Redwood National Park you will notice there are very few fallen trees; unusual for such giants experiencing strong winds, earthquakes, and flooding. They rely on the solidarity of their neighbors by intertwining their roots with the other.  These trees are a reminder that nature can be one our greatest teachers. 

Emerald Mist

Emerald Mist is from Crater Lake in Oregon. Since designer Heidi recently moved to the Pacific Northwest you can expect to see more hats inspired by the PNW landscape. All of our hats are inspired by the places we've been. The more we travel the more designs you can expect. Eventually, we hope to have a collection that represents all of the countries most beautiful and iconic places. 

DESERT'S EDGE

There's an incredible juxtaposition between the La Sal mountains and red rocks of the Moab, UT region. It feels as though these formations are a barrier between worlds. A beautiful reminder on how geologically diverse this country is as you move across it. 

Delicate Arch

Adding a vintage touch to this stone icon. This arch is a symbol of the place we love so much as it continues to inspire wonder in all who visit it. 

Alpenglow Mountains

The La Sal Mountains outside of Moab, UT basking in a beautiful alpenglow. These 12,000 foot peaks hold somewhat of a mystical presence in the desert town of Moab.  This is a region of Utah we just can't get enough of. 

Amber Light

Waldo Lake located in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon, is one of the purest lakes in the world. The waters have been compared to that of distilled water and often times you can see straight to the bottom in even the deepest parts of the lake. Designer Heidi frequents Waldo Lake to recharge and get her stand up paddle board fix in the Summer months.   

West coast dreamin'

Our designs have often been more mountain and desert focused until this hat. This shot was taken in San Diego at the Sunset Cliffs. Even in a city such as San Diego it's easy to find a place to get back in tune with nature and find some solitude. 

Buffalo Plaid

"Going to the woods is going home", need we say more?  

      Deer Heart     Eagle Feather     Western Arrows

2017 is all about trying something new. Heidi has been experimenting with new textures and graphics. We would love to know what you think. 

That's it for our 2017 hat designs. As you can see the past year was an inspiring one. There's more to come for 2017 so check back soon.