An Afternoon With The Wellemas
Traditions and values are embedded into our lives since birth, it's what makes us human and it's what drives and motivates what we do in life. Some people know what they're meant to do at an earlier stage and they pursue that duty head on without any doubts. It's like love at first sight between that individual and their passion and there's nothing else they want to do but be in that state of euphoria doing what they love. Money and success isn't their main drive, it's a secondary thought because they keep working at their craft for the love and satisfaction of being able to grow each day. One of those people who truly aspires for this is hat maker, Cody Wellema.
Everything from his inviting storefront, work attire, to the craftsmanship of his hats, everything is embedded with American traditions and values of the early 1900's. There's nothing more genuine and authentic as a well made hat crafted by hand by one person with machines from the turn of the century when honest work was the lifestyle. From each stitch to each brush stroke, Cody Wellema imprints decades of craftsmanship passed down through generations. Good service and relationship building with clients has always been the key to success and that is exactly what he offers at his shop. Here is our afternoon together with Cody and his charming wife, Shelby, at their quaint little store in sunny Altadena, California.
Thank you for the hospitality and good times, Cody & Shelby!