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Welcome to old and new friends alike, thanks for visiting. I am a hat maker from Chicago and my name is Kate Strong. I have an art degree in Fibers, which helps me look at polar fleece through an artist’s eye. I use the stretch and body of the fabric along with different hand working techniques to get my vision across. Needless to say, I love hats and l look to different time periods and cultures to feed my passion.

Quality materials are always the best starting point. The polar fleece that I use is American made and is the best quality pill-free fleece available. Easy care is important as well the amount of stretch in each hat, which helps it, fit a wide range of head sizes more comfortably.

It means a lot to me that all of the pictures throughout the site are of my kids, my nieces and nephews, friends and their kids. It makes me smile to see all of them they are an interesting and entertaining group of kids that never fail to inspire me.

Look around; I hope it is helpful in finding the right hat for you. Check out my show schedule and if you like what you see here you can follow and "like" Strong Wear on Facebook. Let me know what you think and feel free to call or email if questions come up. Thanks for stopping by.

Warmly Yours,
Kate Strong


Another event that is happening in January is the “Hat a Day” project. I am working on making a hat each day in the month of January 2012. I'll post a picture each night of the daily hat on my blog as well as a picture of my day. It adds some insights about my life and the design process.

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