* colette palamar, owner & creative director *
Colette started UB2 in 2008, just 8 months after her daughter, Sabine, was born. Although the company started by making something fun for her gal, it quickly became more than that-- growing into a serious artistic and creative outlet for Colette. in those early months of motherhood when she was barely sleeping at all, having a creative outlet was (understatement of the century, here!) really important. it's definitely one of the things that helped keep Colette happy & healthy while she was figuring out how to be herself & a mom at the same time. Now Colette leads all of the site photography and design, and she takes care of all aspects of the business. Although she no longer sews every hat herself (although she does still make some of them!), she does do all product design. She's also the designer & creator of our new website! She handles all customer service issues, and all social media accounts. In fact, as basically a one-woman-show, she does almost everything for UB2. Colette lives with her husband and two kids (Sabine (12) and Nio (7m)) on a small country property in Ohio. Want to know more? Check out her IG and FB feeds... she often blogs about life with two kids.
* hwa cha & jen walti, lead sewists *
Hwa Cha and Jen are a mother-daughter team. They're great together! Working out of their home-based alterations business, they have probably made or overseen the creation of the hat you have! They are the first women Colette hired in 2009, and they've grown with the company over the years. They now (beautifully!) sew just about every style we offer, and sometimes add finishing touches (and quality checks) to the work completed by other sewists in our team.