Gem Materials


Gem Hats are made with 3 core materials-Suede, Wool & Straw. We partner with small business owners throughout Mexico to source the 3 materials. Scroll down to learn more about each one. 

Almost all of our design materials such as hat bands and liners are made using upcycled fabrics & vintage finds. It is better for the planet, and it adds an extra element of uniqueness to each and every hat. 


Gem Suedes are made out of a canvas base material that we cover in a synthetic suede. This makes for a very sturdy yet lightweight hat that never loses shape. Our suedes are available in 3 styles & 4 sizes (S,M,L, XL).

Gem Wools are made with high quality merino wool. Wool felt is the most traditional hat material that has been used by milliners for hundreds of years. We stiffen our wool felt so it can maintain shape overtime.


Gem Straws are handwoven panama straws made by artisan partners in Mexico. Each hat is handwoven and takes between 10-12 hours to weave. All straws with color are dyed using local grains and fruits. Read more about the straw hat making process on our blog!