Starting from the design room in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gigi Pip hats go through as many as 70+ steps prior to arriving at your doorstep. What makes Gigi Pip hats so special? Read on as Gigi Pip's founders Jon and Ginger Parrish answer the most commonly asked questions about Gigi Pip hats.
Why did you start Gigi Pip?
Gigi Pip was conceived between a somewhat obsessive love for hats (thank you Ginger) combined with a passion for business (thank you Jon). We felt there was a gap in the market between high-quality, fashionable hats and what the average women could afford. We're extremely proud to be a leader in the women hat market with dozens of styles at a fraction of the price that you'd find with a custom hat maker.
What is the mission of Gigi Pip?
Gigi Pip's mission is to build confidence in women and the many hats they wear. In a physical sense, we hope to achieve this mission by putting quality first, refusing to cut corners, and producing the most fashionable, high-quality hats on the market. But in the potentially more important symbolic sense - we truly hope our product, service and the Gigi Pip community will help women build confidence in every aspect of their lives, including all the "hats" they wear.
Where are Gigi Pip hats produced?
Gigi Pip hats are designed in Salt Lake City, UT and produced in factories around the world, including China. While some may take that as a negative, we consider it an incredible advantage. We visit every factory we work with regularly to ensure our product is quality, that employees are treated fairly, and that the processes in place are on par with standards that we're proud of. We put our product where our mouth is and invite everyone to see the Gigi Pip difference.
Where does Gigi Pip source materials?
Gigi Pip hats are sourced from materials around the world. This is out of necessity more than a nice thing to say. Our wool comes from Australia, leather comes from different parts of Europe and Asia, straws come from their respective origins, and they're all brought together to form a truly unique product.
What makes Gigi Pip hats different?
There are many shortcuts in the hat world. But not with Gigi Pip. In fact, from the materials we source, to the quality checks required between every step of the hatmaking process, we go above and beyond to make sure we have the best product on the market. We back this up with our confidence guarantee, which is our promise to get you the hat you feel comfortable with, even if that requires us to cover shipping back and forth.
Are Gigi Pip hats made from animals?
We strive to provide options for every walk of life, including several hats that are completely animal-free. However, many Gigi Pip hats are sourced from materials, such as wool, that come from animals. We invite you to reach out to our support line if you'd like to find a hat that works for you.
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How to Measure Hat Size
Part of getting the right hat is finding the right size and getting the right fit. In this article, we'll discuss four primary questions to ensure you get the right fit.
How are our hat sizes measured?
What is the average hat size for women?
How do I measure my hat size?
How do I adjust my hat size? (Don’t skip this one!)
HOW ARE FEDORA HAT SIZES MEASURED?
Hats are measured by the inside circumference at the bottom of the hat's crown (the sweatband) + most often measured in centimeters. This is the case for all Gigi Pip styles including fedoras, boater hats,gamblers + caps. While hats may be sized according to their measurement, it is fairly common for women to choose hat sizes based on the average women's head size (57 cm) + then adjustingdown to fit if necessary.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE HAT SIZE FOR WOMEN?
Women's hat sizes are fairly intuitive. The average women's head size measures around 57cm. If you are unsure of your hat size the Gigi Pip small/medium hat would be the best starting point. The small/medium hat size is made to fit 57cm + can be adjusted down to 55cm. If you know you have a slightly larger head go with the 59cm size. As far as Gigi Pip sizing goes this is a medium/large, made to fit a 59cm head size + then can be adjusted down to 57cm. The largest size Gigi Pip offers is a 61 cm, labeled as an XL, like our other sizes the 61 can be sized down to 59 cm. For women who feel they have a slightly smaller head than normal we recommend an XS which begins at 55cm + can be sized down to 53 cm. In select styles we offer kids sizing which begins at 53 cm + can be adjusted to 51 cm.
Gigi Pip hats sizes are as follows:
Kids (51cm to 53cm) XS (53cm to 55cm) S/M (55cm to 57cm) M/L (57cm to 59cm) XL (59cm to 61cm)
In short- the most common hat size is a S/M (57cm). While this is the most common hat size, remember that properly sizing your Gigi Pip hat will ensure the best fit.
What about straw hat sizes?
Our conversion chart also works with our straw hats which run in the same sizes as our felt hats.
What about baseball hat sizes?
All of our women’s baseball caps are one size fits most and have and adjustable strap that allows you to get a perfect fit.
You can use our Gigi Pip Hat Size Chart to find the right size!
HOW DO I MEASURE MY HAT SIZE?
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size + are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) + then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide how you would like to wear it + adjust your hat size accordingly.
TIP: If you don't have a textile measuring tape, use a string or piece of yarn to measure the distance around your head. After you have marked the yarn around your head, lay it out flat on the ground or table + measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Method 1: The Traditional Style
This is the traditional style of wearing a hat. The front tip of the hat is low on the forehead, just above your eyebrows, causing the hat to sit nearly level with the ground. To measure your head using the traditional style method, measure the distance around your head from the center of the back of the head to the forehead just above the eyebrow as shown below.
Use a textile measuring tape (or string) to measure the distance around your head crossing through the center part of the back of your head + the forehead just above the eyebrow. The tape should be level with the ground.
Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Hat sizing is in cm. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up + adjusting your hat accordingly.
Method 2: The Halo Style
Pictured above is the halo method of wearing a hat. The front of your hat is raised up and the hat sits on the back of your head. To measure your head size using the halo method, measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above your neck, + the front of your head up on your brow as shown below.
Use a textile measuring tape to measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above the neck, + the front of your head high on the brow. The tape should be higher in front than in back.
Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Wearing a hat Halo style is usually a smaller hat size than wearing a hat traditionally. Since there is typically a difference in measurement we recommend using the larger of the two hat sizes. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting down.
Remember, if you still feel unsure on which hat size to go with, we recommend the 57 cm- a small/medium.
HOW DO I ADJUST MY HAT SIZE?
Adjustable Inner Band Instructions
Flip up the sweatband to find the Velcro tab + pull to tighten. Velcro the ribbon back in place to secure your desired fit. The adjustable band can adjust the hat up to 5 cm when necessary! Some helpful tips about our adjustable inner band-
-a little adjustment goes a long way
-at first it may take a couple of adjustments to find just the right fit, once you’ve found it you shouldn’t have to adjust often
-the video at the top of this page shows our adjustable inner band in action
Hat Sizing Tape Instructions
Hat sizing tape is an additional option for tightening the fit of your hat. Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for maximum size decrease or cut tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and wa-lah.
For more questions about hat sizing, please contact Gigi Pip at email@example.com.
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