Stumbling down Mason Street one day, I noticed a window filled with amazing fascinator-type hats. Turns out the shop was a hat shop called Jax Hatz.

It’s open by appointment only, so I emailed the owner/artist, Jacqueline ‘JAX’ Ryan, for a tour. Jacqueline has been making hats for a long time and has been in her Mason St. space for six of those years. It’s a boutique and her studio.

Personally, I think that anything strapped to one’s head can be called a hat but most people are more conservative than I am. Lucky for us, Jax Hatz caters to both of our needs, as she makes a variety of hats, from fascinators with birds sticking off of them to wide brim sun hats. She also makes custom hats and has just finished a bunch of cute hats for Halloween.

I also think that anytime is a good time to wear a hat, but most people react pretty strongly to things on the head, so if you want to wear hats, a good way to test the water, or ease the people around you into it, is by first wearing a hat for Halloween. If you wear a really crazy one then everything you put on your head after that will seem mild and run of the mill.

Jacqueline said she’d be putting her Halloween hats in her window soon and that she consistently sells at Justin Herman Plaza. Soon she’ll be at the 34th annual Celebration of Craftswomen at Fort Mason on November 24th – 25th and December 1st -2nd. It’s the largest women’s fine crafts show in the U.S. (according to their website) and it will be a great place to buy holiday presents.

Be sure to check out Jax Hatz and buy something amazing to add to your head.

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Babe Scanlon is a writer living and working in San Francisco. She's worked as an archaeologist, computer game designer, agent at Agent Provocateur and hypnotherapist. She is controlling your mind at this very moment.

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