Status of the Mandolin Cafe Ball Cap
by, Feb-14-2014 at 11:39am (5920 Views)
A quick update on the status of the Mandolin Cafe ball caps we offer from time to time. We'd been telling people January, 2014 but missed the deadline and then some.
First, we decided to move on from our previous supplier for reasons that don't need to be discussed. That meant a new stitching template from scratch and locating a new source of raw product (hats). We were looking for better quality, more appropriate size (there were issues with the last 2013 batch running small), and we wanted to create our first model in black. Mission accomplished. The search was exhaustive, time consuming and tedious but we found a product we really like and are excited about.
Well, almost. Now we need to order. See below:
This is the final sample after going back and forth on design issues for close to two months. Seems like it should be simple but we were fussy. Actually, Missus Mandolin Cafe who is a career graphic designer took care of that part of the business and she did a great job!
Next up, we'll be placing a large order in the next few weeks once we iron out a few remaining minor details. No promises but we're guessing March 15 with possibly our first shipping dates somewhere within a week either way.
We think this is a far superior product than what we previously offered (and we liked those!). We like the stitched logo better (the headstock is a little larger) and the cap material is more in line with a high quality major league baseball cap. Not a distressed canvas like the last, but more of a substantial feel, heavier, a *great* buckle in back that speaks quality. Back of cap will have mandolincafe.com as the previous ones. Only color for this order is black so there are no other colors available at this time. Once we experience a full shipment then we may look at other colors based on sales.
More good news: we'll be able to keep the prices in the same range as before. Stay tuned and watch the home page for an announcement when they're available.