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Heather Daveno of August Phoenix

Heather Daveno of August Phoenix




I’ve had a penchant for making new things out of old things for as long as I can remember…

I’m also fascinated by the history, arts and architecture of Europe, Central Asia and the Far East, as well as historical techniques used in textile production and embellishment in those times and places. These two passions merge in my work.

I craft my hats from textiles and found objects that I glean from thrift stores, rummage sales, and other people’s cast-offs, using tools handed down to me from my grandmothers. Many of my hat patterns, embroidery stitches and techniques date back several centuries. Working with “old timey” tools, techniques and textiles gives me a sense of reclaiming history, while giving a contemporary use to previously discarded objects.

Why did I name my company August Phoenix? August as a verb is a synonym for “resplendent” or “noble”; the Phoenix is a mythical bird represented in many cultures as being born anew from its own ash; a thing of peerless excellence … August Phoenix is a reference to the fusion of cultural and historical influences that dominate my work, and a nod to objects reused.

August Phoenix is a woman-owned business and a registered trademark in the State of Washington.


“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected…”


on August Phoenix.
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    I love, Love, LOVE August Phoenix hats! They are wearable art extraordinaire! We have four of her hats, two of which were custom made. My first one two were from her prior business name, one of which I have had for over 20 years and I have worn them in the rain for days at a time. After a long weekend of that, it might take my beloved double-layered, six-paneled felt, fur-brimmed hat the rest of the week to fully dry out at home, but NOT Once has my head Ever Gotten Wet inside the hat! My noggin stays warm and dry! Her workmanship, artistic eye and sense of whimsy are beyond compare! They are the best hats “EVAR”!

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      Thanks for the wonderful testimonial, Dayna! I have made hats, too, and am in awe of Heather’s precision and workmanship. If mine ever reach half of her quality, I will be happy! And, she is just such a great person, too.

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