MISALLATI HAT CLUB
Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up and how did you find yourself interested in design and sewing? Was there a pivotal moment that you can remember?
My name is Sadiq Misallati and I’m a hatmaker based out of Los Angeles, CA. I was born in Benghazi Libya but have lived most of my life here in the States.
I didn’t start sewing until about 2 years ago when on a whim I decided I needed to learn
how to sew. Luckily my mom ran a quilting business so I had a great resource to start.
I sewed my first hat on some janky plastic machine then my obsession with hats was
born. The first hats were pretty awful to tell the truth but I just kept working on it
everyday until I had the confidence to start selling my hats.
People often attribute nostalgia to A E S T H E T I C and Vaporwave. Why do you believe this is such a powerful force for so many people? How do you translate that feeling into your pieces?
It’s an escape to a past when the future still looked bright. Vaporwave has this dreamlike
quality that reminds me of the excesses yet simplicity of cable television when I was kid
in the late 80s.
I like to put as much detail on the inside lining of the hat with regards to aesthetic color
matching. I am almost as stoked about the details on the inside of my hats as I am the
What inspires you the most about creating your artwork and what kind of image or idea are you ultimately trying to convey to your audience?
I get inspired by the fact that I get to create beautiful hats out of a pile of fabric. I want
people to see that we care about the little details.
Do you have a work ritual? Take us through the process of creating your pieces.
I wake up at 6 am usually every morning and start with a few cups of coffee and a wake
and bake. Then I put on some background music or a movie and go with the flow.
Who are some of your favorite artists, business people, creatives or intellectuals?
I like weird stuff so I’m a huge Tim and Eric fan which in my opinion helped bring back
the popularity of the 8-bit computer graphic aesthetic.
What has been the highlight of your artistic career so far?
Seeing people I don’t know wearing my hats at concerts and music events. It’s pretty
Please tell us something about yourself that we may not know that influences your work.
My mom and grandma own a long arm quilting business called Cosmic Quilting (follow
them on Instagram!) and they helped me learn quilting techniques which I have applied to
my hat making everyday.
What are your plans for the future and direction of your work? How do you see yourself growing as an artist?
I would like to expand into making more bomber and denim jackets. I could see myself
running a fabric company with a team of designers.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Work on your craft every day and don’t give up at the beginning when your art looks like
shit and you feel like quitting.
“Be excellent to each other” - Bill Preston Esq.