HeadHaus: Cycling caps handmade by one great local rider.
For our first ‘Friends’ article, we decided to present HeadHaus, a local cycling cap brand we really like. HeadHaus is a one-woman operation founded by Emilie Hauss. We met her in her apartment and studio space to discuss her project.
First, tell us a bit about you. How did you get into cycling?
I always used to bike to school and bike to go out, even when I used to live in Lachine. It was always quicker (1h) than taking the bus (1h30+). Then I met some cool chicks two years ago who were involved in road bike racing and they asked me if I wanted to join their team. I’ve always been a competitive person, so I said yes.
(editor’s note: that team is the Bikurious Racing Collective founded by Marissa, our first ‘Portrait’ on the blog!)
What is the story behind HeadHaus? How did it all start out?
I always loved to sew and the idea of making caps took form almost five years ago when I made a few as prizes for a bike race a friend had organised. People liked them and, slowly, I started making more.
However, HeadHaus really took a big turn two years ago when I got a spinal disc herniation and had to be on sick leave from work. I was stuck home, I was walking around with a cane, I was bored, I was not feeling great, but I had those two nice sewing machines that had started to collect dust. I decided to be proactive and to use that time efficiently. I started to sew regularly instead of once in a while like before. I found a name for my brand and that’s how HeadHaus came to be!
A few words on how you source you materials?
I really like the idea of creating unique caps, so I get a lot of my fabric from a small fabric shop on Mt. Royal where the owner sells me fabric samples. The samples are big enough to make one cap, so you end up with a truly one of a kind item. I like that a lot.
If not, I also get fabrics from places like Les Effilochées on St. Hubert or Fabricville. There, I can find larger quantities of certain fabrics (like black for bases) or some prints I know people will ask for a lot (like the kitten print!).
What’s your favourite cap you’ve ever made?
Hum, that’s hard to tell. I feel I have a new favourite every season. I always end up finding new fabrics I love even more. Still, there is one made again recently and I really love it, it’s the all-over pumpkin print.
Where can we find your caps?
You can find them at Pignon sur Roues (1308 Mt. Royal East), Bikurious (1757 Amherst), Fitz & Follwell Co. (115 Mt. Royal West), Maglia Rosa Vélo Shop (5404 Jean-Talon West), and Cycle Technique (788 Atwater).
Anything else important about HeadHaus our readers should know?
HeadHaus will be a sponsor for La Course des Morts for a second time around!