had an elegant sailboat which I called `Karmananda`, but I needed a hat to go with it. In 1980 there were no such hats available. None! So, knowing nothing about hat making, I decided to oversee the making of a `proper` hat as a midwinter`s hobby-project, one in keeping with the beauty of my sailboat. I figured that other Toronto sailors needed one too. It took three months to arrive at the prototype stage. Because the Hat was so costly to hand-craft, I never thought it would sell in a store, and that it would always remain a hobby. But by selling them at numerous boat shows in my early days, I learned that people would pay for quality."