Here is some of the bold people Silas met while hitchhicking through Europe in the summer of 2010. At departure Silas did not expect to return from the travel with a new craftsmanship in the baggage. The picture is taken on a motorway parking outside of Leipzig, Germany. It portrays a guy from Russia and an american oldtime driver Silas got to travel with.
While visiting friends in Jena, a roumor of an old craftsman making headwear from scratch only 100 km. away hits Silas like a stroke. He decides to go visit the place early next morning.
After a long discussion with Herr Bullmann the master, Silas started the first learning period at Bullani Mützen in Bamberg, Germany. A month of full German working hours, incl. every 2nd saturday followed. Here Silas is steam ironing in the Mr. Bullmann’s workshop, while the summersun roars outside the windows.
Silas start building a sewing workshop in Copenhagen NortWest. Here is the first two sewing machines for capmaking set into the capmakers workshop. A basement room with no windows and sometimes flooded with water on the floor!
This is the first motion picture of the business. A personal presentation of the Basement Business and workshop. Entirely filmed and edited by Silas Gärtner.
Friday the 13th 2013
On friday the 13.th these two commercial films are released, contrary to normal commercials they conveys a scary and unpleasing atmosphere.
Release of the 1st year anniversary special collection, with these two videos. A celebration event with grill, music and pop-up-shop got arranged together with the creatives from Containerby Detours
Starts recieving public attention!
The local Copenhagen NorthWest district newspaper publishes a article about Silas Gärtner, and all of a sudden interested customers, that are not relatives or personal friends, start entering the workshop site.
The following week the local television TV2 Lorry picks up the story, and thereafter broadcast this 2:30 min clip durring television primetime for the Zealand island of Denmark. The capmaking craft is now increasingly recieving attention by headwear lovers.
Media producer and photographer Rasmus Preston made this small introduction of Wilgart anno 2015.
The Wilgart stand at FORMLAND Interior & Design Fair, Herning 2015. We brought our old PFAFF sewingmashine and created a sewing workshop making customizeable caps on the spot. We made a good impression on buyers and retailers scouting for cutting edge danish design & craftsmanship!
Wilgart hats on the catwalk at Copenhagen Fashion Week 2016. The headwear is worn at the Designer’s Nest show in Hotel D’angleterre 5. february 2016. Outfits are by Alicja Biala.
Wilgart upgrades the capmaking workshop by opening a headwear shop, in the trendy street Jægersborggade, Nørrebro. Wilgart is NO LONGER only open on appointment, but have something our customers been dreaming about since we started: A capshop with real open hours!