Here is some of the bold people Silas met while hitchhicking through Europe in the summer of 2009. 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.
The only capmaker in Denmark!
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.
Wilgart becomes member of CPHmade. A community of dedicated craftsmanship makers producing exclussively in Copenhagen. The hats are for a period sold in TIVOLI durring christmas.
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.
6 episodes of ‘Helt på plads’ the TV show host Kalle Thesbjerg is wearing different hats from Wilgart. The show gets broadcasted in the national television DR1.
After the Lux Leaks and Panama Papers we join a campaign that disapprove multinational companies exploiting Tax Havens. The campaign is organized by Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, and they decide to visit the basement workshop.
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!
Cultural Night in Copenhagen starred an invitation Wilgart where visitors could see how a cap is made, and learn about the hatmaking craftsmanship.
Due to emerging trademark dispute is SIGAR Hats & Caps obligated to change name. Our lawfirm makes a case-story about the dispute which is available at their website. You can also read about the expierience here in SIGAR Hats’ old website