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What to Look for In a Custom Hat Manufacturer

January 25, 2019

What to Look for In a Custom Hat Manufacturer

Much like socks and t-shirts, hats are staple wardrobe items whose staying power has helped them weather plenty of fluctuations in trends over the years. And with the rise of streetwear and athleisure, paired with the flexibility and technological advances of on-demand manufacturing, it’s easier than ever to make a statement (and profit) with a sleek custom hats brand.

Even if you’re not trying to start a new brand from scratch, custom hats can be great promotional tools for already established companies, or add a super marketable product line to artist or influencer merch.

So, you’re ready to make some custom hats. Before you start prototyping your dream product, you’ll need to partner with a custom hat manufacturer who fits your needs. Here at The/Studio, we like to think we’ve got the insider scoop on all things custom manufacturing – which is why we’ve put together a list of the most important features and services to look for in a custom hat manufacturer.

The Right Level of Customization

The/Studio offers a high level of customization – you won’t just get a custom patch slapped onto a generic hat, but rather you can choose among 4, 5, and 6 panels for a more precise, custom fit, plus different materials, bill types, panel color, bill color, stitching color, bill curvature, custom patches and logos, and more.

To learn more about creating your own custom hat, check out our Custom Hats 101 blog.

Deep Design

Many custom hat manufacturers tack on design charges, which add to your upfront costs, making the whole enterprise less accessible from the start. With The/Studio’s free design service, our expert design team will work with you until you’ve got the perfect product – no financial obligation until you’re happy.

Custom Kitting

This is especially important if you’re launching or growing a brand, though packaging inserts and stickers work great for merch as well. High-quality custom labels, tags, and packaging help increase the professionalism of your brand’s image and deepen brand awareness by creating a memorable unpacking experience for your customers.

Low MOQ’s

Whether you’re growing a custom apparel brand or simply launching a new line as part of an established company, you need the ability to test markets with small batches of product in order to protect your bottom line and actually sell what you order. The/Studio offers 100- and 500-batch orders at competitive prices, giving your company the flexibility it needs to test markets, avoid overstocking, and make sure you turn a profit.

A Cloud-Based Interface

Transparency in the supply chain isn’t just a must for today’s consumers – it also helps your business run more smoothly and, well, sell more quality product. The/Studio’s cloud-based platform makes sourcing, production, and delivery more transparent, giving you more control over your processes.

The/Studio offers free design and high levels of customization.

Create Custom Hats with The/Studio

With lower upfront costs, fast turnaround times, and a deeper level of design and customization than the other guys, The/Studio has your custom hat needs covered (no pun intended). Get started with us today.