I had an elegant sailboat which I called Karmananda but I needed a hat to go with it. In 1980 there were no such hats available. None!So, knowing nothing about hat making, I decided to oversee the making of a proper hat as a midwinters hobby-project, one in keeping with the beauty of my sailboat. I figured that other Toronto sailors needed one too.It took three months to arrive at the prototype stage. Because the Hat was so costly to hand-craft, I never thought it would sell in a store, and that it would always remain a hobby.