Last September, Will and Mike attended the WESA (Western and English Sales Association) convention in Denver. The western market is broad and varied, covering everything from horse tack to rhinestone studded shirts. WESA is an opportunity for vendors and small shop owners to get together twice a year. For us, it was a chance to present Akubra hats and Karaka whips.
Since this was our first show, we didn’t know what to expect. But everyone was very welcoming and cordial. We met attendees from all over the world.
Some may not know this, but David Morgan is also the distributor of Akubra hats and Karaka whips to the North American market. We sell to retailers throughout the country. Our goal is to give as many people as possible the chance to put an Akubra on their head and crack a Karaka before buying.
Though Mike and Will were kept busy inside of the Denver Merchandise Market, they managed to get out into the hills to surrounding sites.
Prairie Dogs all about town.
The Chatauqua Historical Center in Boulder. One of the earliest educational centers, it is now a hotel and restaurant.
Aspen grove in Golden Gate Canyon State Park.
A surly elk in Estes Park.
Mount Rainier. Almost home
We know Akubra means quality. But nothing speaks better than personal testimony. We received this story from Mr. Gordon McDonald, whose Akubra experienced a trial of Biblical proportions.
I just wanted to tell you about the fantastic quality of your Akubra hats and an interesting story.
Last year my family and I moved to Jerusalem, Israel to attend university.
I purchased one of your hats for both style, quality and the brand “an Australian icon”.
Last January, while visiting the ancient site of Qumran ( the home of the Dead Sea Scrolls ) I lent my Akubra hat to my wife, as it was quite chilly. Well within twenty minutes a gust of wind blew it off her head and landed in the deepest cistern (well) at the archaeological site. Probably about 15-20 metres deep.
The park/site authorities had no means of getting my beloved hat out of the cistern.
It rained several times throughout our winter months and sustained temperatures of +40C (104 F).
As I visited the site a few times, I noticed my Akubra hat would rise and sink a few inches, mainly due to water collecting when it did rain.
Finally, eight months later, I got a fishing line, 3 barbed fishing hook and a sinker and retrieved my hat. It was covered with all sorts of dust and dirt.
When I came home, I used my trusty Miele vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt as best as possible.
Well, the photos tell the rest of the story, as it may fit a little tighter, but my hat was restored to its nearly pristine condition.
I as well as my colleagues can’t believe that the hat looks as good as it does, with being in the cistern in the harsh Judean wilderness for 8 months.
Thank you for making such a great product. This is one hat, I will always treasure.
Thanks for a wonderful story. Akubra always holds up in a pinch.