I remember seeing those "Vietman Veteran" type service hats at the PX and thinking "I can't wait to wear one of those till it's as old and beatup as I am." It's a rite of passage. A badge of honor so-to-speak.
I was enjoying a cold local stout at one of Las Vegas local favorite watering hole. I was a beer club member and won a prize with the tavern's name on it for reaching the 100 different beer mark (no, not all in one day). It was a flatbill "fitted" hat with the tavern’s name on it. I've always liked the look of flat bill fitted hats but have always worn curved bill baseball caps because I never looked good in this style of hat no matter how many I tried on over the years. My first instinct was to give it away but I figured I'd try it on...
I wore the hat every chance I got. Actually, I still do.
Fast forward to a few months later and it suddenly hit me that I didn't have to wait till I earned the right to wear one and decided to create my own design to wear. I did some research on the brand of hat and found out that OTTO International only sells their hats at wholesale and the proverbial light bulb came on! "What if I buy a few and sell my designs on Etsy?" That single thought quickly morphed into Vet☆Head Brand and the rest is history.
You know what they say - the best ideas usually involve booze. In my case, it's American Whiskey or Bourbon and a Stout or Porter chaser.
"Here's to bad decisions and great ideas"
V☆HB is the idea of a 10 year U.S. Army Veteran who saw a need for a modern version of the traditional veteran service and campaign hats without compromising classic representation. While there will always be a market for the awesome traditional veteran hats we all know and love (still can't wait to wear one) some of the "new greatest generation" of veterans may not want to wait till they've earned that right to wear them.
And so, V☆HB offers classic representation with a modern look.
V☆HB isn't only for Veterans. Whether you're active duty, Reserves, National Guard, family of a service member or Veteran, or a Patriot who loves our country and supports our men and woman in uniform - V☆HB is for everyone! We aim to be all inclusive. And when we say all-inclusive we mean all-inclusive.
Vet☆Head Brand will always strive to provide a 100% US sourced product and manufacturing. V☆HB uses premium hats made by OTTO International Inc. OTTO Intl is an American company Headquartered in California with offices in Texas and Georgia.
However, and in the interest of full transparency, at a whopping 50 million caps a year world wide OTTO Cap does outsource some of their manufacturing to one of the three largest certified headwear manufacturers in China - Yeah, yeah we know, we don’t like it either - so sometimes we receive hats that were put together in China and for that we apologize. But that is why we try to at least make up for it a little by doing our best to only employ Veteran owned small businesses for our web design and maintenance, product design, product production, advertisement and marketing needs.
Our hats are designed in house and the digitizing and embroidery is done right here in Las Vegas by a Veteran owned company.
We're just getting started so as we grow so will our production budget! Our goal is to transition to 100% American made but right now, using OTTO cap allows us to provide a quality premium American product with low overhead and that means we pass the savings on to you. OTTO does maintain a very large inventory of US made hats in their strategically placed warehouses located in Texas, Georgia and California.
Who is VetHead Brand and what are we about?
Headquartered in Las Vegas, NV VHB is a Vegas born, Military family owned and operated company.
VHB is not just about looking sharp while representing your service with pride. We are much more than that. We hope to take advantage of this opportunity and use this platform to give back to the veteran community in the near future. Whether through community outreach and collaborations with other veteran-focused organizations in the Las Vegas valley.
One of our goals is support local Veteran mental health and suicide prevention programs. In addition to our time, our goal is to create a "Battle Buddy (B2) 22" or "B2.22" line of products and have a portion of the proceeds go to local mental health and suicide prevention while the other portion goes to design and production of more B2.22 merchandise.
We also plan to use this blessing to bring awareness to one particular area of the veteran community that we believe we believe this is largely underrepresented - Woman Veteran. Woman Veteran have played a vital role since WWI. Woman in general have played a vital supporting role in earlier conflicts. VHB co-owner aka Mama Bear, an Army Veteran, will be creating a line of products dedicated specifically for woman veteran that will include t-shirts as well as hats and other merchandise.
The Veteran community is a unique one. A camaraderie like no other. We at VHB believe in paying it forward and supporting those who made a choice to serve our country regardless of your motivation so we pledge to do so in any way we can.
We thank you for your support!
If you'd like to know a little bit about us go to "Meet the Team"