History

In 2002 Coal started as a labor of love in an apartment in Portland, Oregon. In our first year, we launched with a vision for a quality headwear line inspired by friends and family—one that would be an outlet for our whole new take on the woolen, knit beanie. Drawing from deep roots in art, skate and snowboard culture, Coal delivered great fit and forward thinking design. Although we now call Seattle, Washington home we’ve stayed true to our original inspiration and today, offer a wide range of distinctive pieces from caps and Coal hats to Coal gloves and knits that match your unique life and style. We offer a headwear culture you can’t find anywhere else.

Mission

Coal was founded on the belief that headwear is more than an accessory. It’s part of you, your identity, and your lifestyle. We build this idea into each of our designs by using quality materials and exacting detail, and crafting styles that are as unique as you are.

Inspiration

Old memo books, 501 jeans, black sweatshirts, Wilco, Ford Econoline vans, Autumn in the Midwest, Summer in the Northwest, Field Notes, the Flaming Lips, how incredibly awesome the iPhone is, a cold Coke, estate sales, the Eisenhower interstate system, old records, green grass, blue sky, orange anything, guitars, democracy, literature, culture, bourbon, coffee, horticulture, technology, cooking, gardening, photography, travel, architecture, Eames designs, family, fishing, Apple computers, the mountains, the coast, the ocean, bikes with gears, bikes without gears, Radiohead, Japandrioids, Seattle hip hop, vinyl records, moody coffee shops, fall leaves, vibrant colors, editorial spreads, shiny things, gaudy layers, huge trees, folklore, sequins, independent films, the Northwest, thrift stores, vintage clothing,vintage motorcycles/autos, modernist corporate logos of the ’60s and ’70s, reverb, dancing, DIY anything, musicians, self-taught anything, beards, photography, Tokyo, NYC, Interior design, album cover art, failblog, vintage sports apparel, pirates, fashion blogs, paintings, videography, movies, vintage technologies, future technologies, Giacometti, unindustrialized landscapes.

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