John Penman - The Penman Hat Company
John Penman worked on a hat for actor Christian Kane for the TV series Leverage. John also recreated the fedora worn by aviator/filmmaker/business Howard Hughes. Penman's recreation of the Howard Hughes hat now sits in the cockpit of the Spruce Goose in an Oregon Museum. John also made a limited run of these beautiful hats for his customers. They went very fast!
John developed a combination hat stand and hat jack that displays a hat and keeps it stretched to the exact measurement (called the Hat-Jack).
Penman started out in the hat business after his career as a NYC (and Hillsboro) firefighter was cut short by a neck/back injury. Looking for something creative to do with his time, he started taking apart old hats and putting them together again.
With the help and encouragement of master hatters, Steve Delk and Marc Kitter (the men responsible for the beautiful hand-made fedoras in the fourth Indiana Jones film), John turned a $700 investment into a successful business. He has customers all over the world, and his inspiration are his customers.
John Penman (left) and Daren Wilkerson