ABOUT

Every thread has a story,
every stitch has a name.

Our hats are designed in LA, handmade in small batches in New York, and feature one-of-a-kind bands designed in collaboration with our artisan partners. These unique bands are skillfully crafted using techniques that are cherished and have been passed down through generations. Many of the artisan women rely on these skills for independence, and to care for their families. Working with fair trade organizations and the direct purchase of these handcrafted bands supports rural artisans, their families, and their communities. 

Like our hats and their makers, we believe every person has a unique journey. The brand vision was created through love of hats, travel and culture. The meaning of the name KIYL comes from our founders’ heritage, being a translation of the animal wolf. We hope you take your hat on your next adventure, and we encourage you to
Be unique. Be free. Be KIYL.