Curious about us as a company? Here's our story.
Colette's daughter was born in early October 2007. Because they spent so much time outside, the search was on for a perfect sun hat. Colette tried knit caps-- these were great in winter but still did not keep the sun off of her daughter's face. Sun hats seemed to have brims that were too floppy and were always covering her eyes and making her cry. Bucket hats were another choice, but these seemed to "ride" down the front of her face, especially if she was being carried in a sling or baby carrier. There were old-fashioned bonnets, but those had ties that she pulled on and they also seemed like a strangulation hazard.
One afternoon, Sabine's great-grandmother, Ada, came over with a special gift for Sabine-- a little bonnet that she made. It was adorable-- featuring a black retro floral fabric and long strap ties. But, it was too small. Although she asked Ada to make another, larger hat, Colette couldn’t wait—she was on a mission.
After looking at some commercial baby bonnets, and determining the features she liked and did not like, Colette designed her own pattern for her daughter's first real bonnet. She went to her fabric stash & found 4 fabrics that she loved. After a few hours of hard work, Colette completed what has become the *UB2* signature bonnet-- the Vines & Goldenrod. Colette tried it on her gal, and it was perfect! The bonnet was a hit everywhere they went. Colette describes how she went from making a special hat for her daughter to making baby bonnets that have dazzled the world: “People were constantly stopping me, raving about how cute the bonnet was, and asking me where I got it! And I thought, if this many people love the hat, maybe I should make a few to sell!” And just that quickly, *UB2* was BORN!
Soon after that first bonnet, Colette quickly became an expert seamstress and was creating literally hundreds of bonnets in her living room using two machines-- a 5-thread Janome serger and a Shark Euro-Pro sewing machine. In just a few months, expansion of the project required a business license and wholesale fabric purchases. After about a year, she refinished a room in the upper part of her house and created an airy, open studio space with lots of room for fabric storage.
The bonnets continued to attract attention everywhere, and her local sales to boutiques began to grow quickly.
Since the inauguration of UB2, the bonnets found their way all around the world to Italy, Sweden, France, England, Germany, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Norway, Puerto rice, Cyprus, Japan, Ireland, and Singapore, and New Zealand, among many others.
A team of work-at-home women sews all of UB2’s stock. Everything made by UB2 is handmade in the USA. All seams are professionally finished, and everything is triple checked for quality. These bonnets are DURABLE and will easily last through several kids. In fact, we hope YOUR bonnets will become heirloom items-- existing as one of the few treasured items saved in your hope chest for grandchildren-to-be.
UB2 bonnets THE go-to baby gift. They work for boys and girls and in rear and front facing carriers and slings. When the brim is out, they allow discrete breastfeeding, and prevent the necessity of using chemical or mineral sunscreens on baby’s delicate facial skin. They’re reversible, machine washable, and super-cute. One customer described the bonnets as having a “my-mom-is-super-hip” vibe. UB2 bonnets are fun, funky, functional, and fashionable!
We're also proud to share that 10% of profits are donated to environmental, social, and children's organizations. You can be sure that your purchase is supporting environmental and social commitments to justice, kindness, protection of families and children (no matter where they come from), living wages, & ecological protection. Support a homegrown, American company: buy UB2!