Lightweight Sun Hat - Origin Story
Urban Canairie originated from a love of the outdoors, and the hat literally came to life in the kitchen.
One day after an otherwise enjoyable hike, Mark Freeman was uncomfortable from over-heating caused by wearing a baseball cap (for sun protection). As he was not able to find a cool and comfortable hat on the market, Mark decided to create his own.
So… working at his kitchen table, Mark cut holes into baseball and military style hats, looking for ways to create ventilation that “actually works”. Inspiration came from the cylindrical shaped, flat topped military “kepi” hats from the French Foreign Legion and U.S. Civil War. By keeping the top of the hat flat and adding a vent strip, Mark realized it would let the heat escape and air flow. After tweaking the design (more than) a few times, the Urban Canairie was born – A lightweight hat that keeps you cool while providing protection from the sun.
Environmental sustainability, local manufacturing and USA – Canada trade are important business considerations for Mark. That’s why Urban Canairie hats are made in Canada, using environmentally friendly fabrics sourced from the USA.
If you’re wondering about the name Urban Canairie - Urban reflects the increasing trend of people living in cities, while Canairie is an acronym for Canadian, Airy and Irie (which has Jamaican origins meaning happy and content).
Mark wears an Urban Canairie whenever he’s outdoors, and now you can too. Whether you’re at a park or out on the water, you can enjoy the benefits of staying cool under the sun.