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Unexpected Hat Maker Revives Dying Trade

“There’s different kinds of hat making. There’s blocking hats and cut and sew. I do cut and sew, and I’m not sure of anyone else in the city that does that,” says Sigourney Morrison.

At 27-years-old Morrison is in a world of her own. She’s landed a one-of-a-kind job at Goorin Brothers hat shop and is probably the last person you’d expect to see behind this counter.

“Everybody always says that they come over to this side and they want to see the hat maker and they’re always expecting some little old man doing it, and they see me behind the sewing machine and it’s really funny; like I wasn’t expecting to see you back there.”

Sigourney started making hats five years ago when she was only 22-years-old and now she makes and designs custom hats that are sold at Goorin Brothers.

“It makes me feel good that I’m bringing back a trade that’s kind of dying off with the old timers. I want to get people more involved and I teach classes a couple times a year here too, so the more people who want to get involved, make hats, the better.”