about jojo and the hats
It is our 28th birthday and this is our 2nd newly designed website for JoJoCo Hatmakers of Chicago and for our customers nationwide & hopefully user friendly.
I cannot say that enough.
Since 1991, we have had a love affair with the real-ness of organic cotton, the love for sewing, designing, & color (!) and keeping warm with our own handstretched designs in ear covers for infants and toddlers. as we continue to follow JoJo & Max, where it began. in Cary, on the river.
and me? Well, fabric has always been the top artistic medium.
our four fabric weights for earhart pilots
for every kind of day
Organic Cotton in 34 colors.
pure, no modal, no poly, milled in the USA - best for next to baby’s skin. An early wool allergen can be present in a newborn, so cotton is a good choice.
Organic Sweater Rib 20oz. and warm organic Sherpa organic - luscious
coming soon - hemp
The Earhart pilot cap, named for Amelia in 1991, handstretched for the windproof fit - newborn to toddler. plain to bling
The Rosetopper, named for Rose Spero in spirit and Rose Kennedy because the Rosetoppers were being sold to the Smithsonian, American History museum in 2003.
and plain pull-ons to adult sizes.
We are now offering our wonderful hats direct to you by mail in all our wondrous colors, our collections.
My wonderful stores nationwide can't possible carry all of our colors to you! You may not know we carry Clackamas Moss Organic or Klamath Sap green Recycled Polartec, then we can rib in in 2 Organic cotton colors of your choice, like Muir Red and offset it with Sierra Brown organic and these are called the new Earharts, the Prisma Earharts.
We have 34 colors in pure organic which are easily chosen in our gallery, and a few lightweight bamboos. and we only use Malden Mills Polartec! Also, the next size for your baby will be available by visiting your favorite childrens shop.
How the caps have always been made:
JoJoCo Hatmakers, just before 1990.
Judy Comstock Baker and I had a children's shop, Good Night Moon, opening a week before Eleonore Jordan (JoJo), my first, was born, Judy introduced me to pure cotton and what cotton is all about. I became very conscience of the difference in great cottons , then organics. I was hooked. No more polyester for us.
I made JoJo's first Earhart cap, when all her store-bought caps no longer fit and she still needed an earcover and we live in windy Chicagoland. JoJo had to go outside three times a day easily. She had to look up and see tree-tops. She wore Earharts until age 3. She would grab her Earhart at the door and say ‘Owsi??” which is Jordan speak for . . .
Lets Go Outside!
Let’s go outside indeed! For 8 years, JoJo has worked the Pacific Crest Trail in various locations with the US National Parks, with her trail crew , in the backcountry of the Sierra’s, Mount Hood, and other precious places protected by our National Parks.
You never know where they will end up, or do you?
Our 20th anniversary logo sewn on each Earhart is crested with the Marble Mountains of Klamath NP because she worked there. Many of our organic irreplaceable cottons are named for our irreplaceable domestic treasures.
20th Anniversary Logo - over 65,000 sold
Back at Good Night Moon at 125 W Main St, Cary illinois . . .
. . . where we dared to bring our babies to work each day . . . . circa 1990.
Spoiler alert: Even with separate bedrooms upstairs for Sam and JoJo, it did not work! It is too difficult to nurse your baby, while running a business.
Good Night Moon started carrying the Earharts in 3 cotton colors and in 3 sizes because parents wanted JoJo's earhart cap .
After 10 months of prototyping sizes Small, Medium, and Large, the Earhart pilot caps were developed and sold to other Chicagoland stores. They can be found in many shops nationwide and catalogs and here - direct.
‘ our caps do not lay flat ‘
Simply — because they are not assembly-line made. Each cap is hand-made, hand-cut - start to finish with your order in mind. They are hand-stretched at certain comfort spots, then sewn, and then it fits baby.
This cannot be done in a manufacturing scenario. I tried twice.
A square-ish flat cap means it is assembly-line made and you will have gaps and the wind will come through, then baby is cold.
Our caps do not lay flat because of all the shaping going on with the exclusive hand-stretch method.
I did hire two manufacturers about five years apart.
I taught the sewers. I met with them.
I made flow chart posters for ‘how-my-caps-are made.’ Unfortunately, It did not work out. Then I tried again with another company by referral 5 years later. Parting with my organic cotton was hard, especially since I could not use any of the caps made by assembly line.
They were flat & squarish and did not fit a baby’s head. They were not Earharts.
Manufacturers will not make them the way they should be because of their cost efficiency. They would not stop and stretch at certain points around the face and neck. Our sizing is not an enlarged version of the smaller size. One of our sizes is longer in the back. Another is wider all around plus.. Larger sizes accommodate the larger forehead because of the baby's growth, etc. Recently, in 2007, sizes were re-evaluated and at the 17 year point on this timeline, I adjusted my size Medium, L, XL - larger. Deduction: This was my own scientific analysis that babies have larger heads now.
Thank you for visiting our secure website where you can purchase the next size for the next season, while your baby is growing, or drop ship your functional organic shower gift if you cannot be at the event.
Inspired by one of my customers who sends an earhart in advance of her visit with a card, is the Executive Baby Gift. Send a newborn ear-cover or Rosetopper, and the next size too, to match the season . . . How thoughtful!
inspiration for ENTREPRENEURS - from me
For years I have been inspired by people,
and their love for people, respecting them
or how they take their passion with a ‘thing’ &
not listen to anyone’s advice
and they just go for it.
I love how creativity on a finished project
can be better & better with practice & thought.
You think ‘it’s done’ but with more love and tilting of the head,
it is even better years later.
Each cap or late night designing, has been inspired by something like that. Our earharts are being resized periodically and the ties are much thinner now.
Once in a while, we hear from our nationwide roster of childrens store owners or a friend. They let us know when there is a child or adult victim of cancer. We dropship a pure organic pull-on directly to the child or adult whatever color or stripe that pick.
I love that they never pick charcoal or black. It is always a bright color! We have donated many pure organic pull-on caps while they heal from chemotherapy and the color to inspire them turning a new corner in their lives.
All of our fabrics are CPSIA compliant. Certificates available upon request.
Keeping it real -
Janne Anderson, JoJoCo Hatmakers of Chicago
Founder & President
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