Category: News

Giving Thanks and Making Plans

If you follow this website, you know by now that, I will no longer be offering custom made hats after the end of this year…

A Wild West Tour…

The proprietor of The August Phoenix Mercantile is on the road in Colorado! To those who are looking for the ‘postcards’ from my tour of old mining towns, railroads and family stomping grounds, you will find daily missives at Daveno Travels. Next stop –… Continue Reading “A Wild West Tour…”

Welcome to The Mercantile …

My hat tag line of “…historical yet timeless, handcrafted to wear forever…” has run its course. After 30+ years of hatmaking, it is time for me to move on…

New Product at The Mercantile…

Twenty-two cards of arcane knowledge to help unlock the secret sewing box of fate…

Arrived in London…

Well, not me – but a few of my hats – for the London Accessory Show in Chelsea July 16, 2022. I hope this show was good for other artists and makers. have now removed the link to this show, as every hat that… Continue Reading “Arrived in London…”

Summer Clearance…

One of a kinds, prototypes and discontinued styles at 25%-75% off!

30th Annual Art Auction at MoNA

The 30th Annual Art Auction at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA starts Monday June 6! Support your local gallery and your favorite artists!

A Timeout …

I’m taking a timeout from hatmaking as I upgrade my technology and web presence. Here I am with my first Smartphone (which is smarter than me so I’m trying to figure it out), which will allow me to post to Instagram (which I’m also… Continue Reading “A Timeout …”

A Tribute to the ShopCats

I set creative work aside for the last little while, to spend time with and care for Toledo, my Black ShopCat. His brother Granada and I said goodbye to him last week. Meet the ShopCats Toledo and his brother were named after cities I… Continue Reading “A Tribute to the ShopCats”

Make a Statement!

Make a Statement with these new “Not-A-Hat” Statement Pieces Collection!