Hold onto your hats. You might not be able to handle the cuteness when you see one of Dory Smith Graham’s adorable Little Trapper Hats for kids.
Graham, who lives in Bar Harbor, produces all kinds of winter gear through her business Worthy Goods, which is “dedicated to making gear steeped in Maine style.”
She designed the Little Trapper Hats – ideal for keeping little ears warm – in 2008, after she had her son and started making clothes for him.
The hats are made with upcycled wool blankets or shirts on the outside. They’re lined in organic cotton sherpa (a synthetic fabric that looks like sheep’s wool) that is made in the United States and is GOTS-certified (Global Organic Textile Standard).
Leather strips on each side of the hat – gleaned from a leather worker’s scraps – can be tied under the chin to hold the earflaps down, or tied on top of the head to keep the ears uncovered.
Either way, your child will go outside looking like a miniature mountain man.
“I just wanted it to be a 1950s-style, little boy’s sporting hat,” Graham said. “I’m from northern Maine, so there’s a lot of hand-me-downs that get passed through generations, and I just love that look.”
Graham has made custom trapper hats for grown-ups, but mostly she focuses on children’s sizes, starting at newborn to six months and going up to sizes that fit a 7- or 8-year-old. “The tinier they are, the cute factor increases so many times,” she said, laughing.
Each hat comes with Graham’s custom “Made in Maine” label that looks like a Maine lobster license plate.