Maiden Missoula Product Review: Jax Hats

I know this may be a shocker, but the Maiden does, in fact, have a bad hair day every so often. Instead of fighting this minor inconvenience I have learned to embrace it, and sometimes even hope for it, for the convenient excuse to don a chic and eco-responsible Jax Hat! 

Stitched with love from old sweaters and re-gifted sweatshirts, and adorned with one-of-a-kind buttons and found object embellishments, Jax Hats are addictive and functional fashion. It’s recycled fabric made into the cutest handmade hats you’ll find anywhere.

I first fell in love with Jax Hats while having brunch on the deck of the Old Post Pub a few years ago with one of my besties, Natalie. She was sporting a slouchy but stylish hat that I immediately coveted. She directed me to scope out the Saturday Morning People’s Market to find my own.

I should have picked up a few – within days my new favorite handmade accessory was on the head of my tween daughter. It was then I learned: One can never have enough Jax Hats. (In fact, they have been referred to as Jax Crack in certain circles.) True story, you can actually get a “Buy ten, get one free” punchcard at the People’s Market!

If you don’t have one yet, there is no need to wait until Saturday anymore.  Jackie Priess and her family crank out dozens of Jax Hats every month to keep up with Missoula’s insatiable appetite.  And they aren’t just for the gals, guys are rocking the eco-friendly hats as well!

They come in every size from baby and up and you can find your own at our favorite boutiques: Upcycled on the Hip Strip, Apricot Lane, The Green Light, Rockin’ Rudy’s, and even shops in Kalispell are carrying them now. The Ranch Club golf course has custom-ordered them in the past and you will see a sea of Griz-inspired Jax Hats at every tailgate party. And if you are from out of town and trying to blend in with the locals you can’t go wrong with a Patagonia Fleece, Dansko clogs, and your own one of a kind Jax Hat!

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Leah Lewis is living the dream on Missoula’s Northside with her handsome and handy husband Mark, daughters Zoe and Mila, two dogs, and a cat.  She enjoys making things on her sewing machine, with her knitting needles, and in her kitchen. You can listen to her play today’s pop music every day on Fresh 104.5 FM, or listen to her podcast about hundred or more year old pop music on her classical music podcast with Darko Butorac from the Missoula Symphony. You might catch Leah and her family relaxing in their backyard, cheering on the Missoula Osprey, or rooting for the Lady Griz on any given weekend.