This guy sounds "unique" :-) He's using imported fur for his hats, there must be a trapper / tanner locally who can provide? Im sure he'd rather say something about "local sustainable..."
Anyway, I'm not a trapper but if I was, I'd be hitting him up! Good luck to anyone who does. :-)
A Halifax hat-maker is throwing off his cloak of mystery and planning to step into a storefront by next fall.~ "The whole premise behind it is custom, one-of-a kind hat-making," said El Dorado Hats owner Ben Edwards in an interview. Since 2018, Edwards has been working at The Mercantile Social, making luxurious fedoras and wide-brimmed hats on the side. But at the end of the month, he's leaving that gig to pursue hat-making full-time. He has what he calls a "workshop" on Allan Street, near Quinpool Road, but declined to provide the exact address, citing "mystery." Ben Edwards (Contributed) He makes hats out of rabbit and beaver fur, sourcing from Europe, Australia, and the U.S. Each hat costs from $350 to $500, and he likes to take the time to get to know his clients before he makes them a hat. Each hat takes about two to three days, depending on the style, and he sells two to five each week. He wants to get into a storefront by the fall of 2020. He doesn't have a location picked out yet, but is hoping for somewhere downtown. "That would be the dream, to be in the downtown core," he said. He wants it to be a "non-traditional" store, but wasn't sure what exactly that would look like, or the square footage. He does not have an estimate of the cost, and since he had to make many of his tools himself, is unsure what those costs added up to, either. He plans to hire one or two employees once he gets the store open, and would like to collaborate with other retailers who make custom products. Currently, he does all the hat-making, graphic design and marketing. In spite of its old-fashioned vibe, Edwards is confident that hats are on the rebound. "I don't think hats were ever really out of style... they just kind of got forgotten about for a while," he said.