At a glance: Fair Ends is a line of baseball caps. If you need a good one, they have it. Oh, and they also have some menswear and hot sauce too.
Who’s behind the label? Ben Ferencz and Martin Carvajal started out collaborating on custom bicycles, but soon moved on to baseball caps. It seems an unlikely coupling, especially since one is located in Montana and the other in New York, but the combination of country and urban provide the perfect balance for this simple line of logo-free hats.
What do they do? Once they perfected the basic baseball cap, they expanded into quite the eclectic line of goods, including some expected menswear and some not-so-expected soap and hot sauce (made from the peppers grown on their own farm in Montana). The menswear they produce is in collaboration with the folks at Taylor Stitch, and their bags are from Drifter. They celebrate and outdoor sense of adventure, and they do it well.
Where are they based? With one in Montana and the other in New York, there’s a lot of travel for this collaboration to work. But it just goes to show you, in this day and age, distance is no obstacle. The hats themselves are fabricated in California, and the peppers used to make their hot sauce is farmed in Montana. The did have a pop-up store at Barber & Supply in Brooklyn this year, but it has popped back down, so for now, no brick and mortar stores under the Fair Ends name.
Editors’ favorites from the line? They do a “ball cap” and a “camp cap”, one being the standard and the other has an extra fifth panel in it. Cap connoisseurs would notice these things. We here at Goat & Gramp are not exactly connoisseurs, but we do love good simple design, construction and fabric choice. Our favorites are the flannel ones, both ball and camp. We haven’t tried the hot sauce. Yet.
What materials do they use? Cotton (regular and the waxed variety) mostly. They did a run in fabric from Ghana, a limited edition of vibrant colors and patterns, as well as one in hand-dyed indigo by the super talented people behind Upstate, so it’s a good idea to keep your eye on them for any other special collaborations they might come up with. There’s also some great flannel caps to keep you cozy in the winter.
Where can I get the goods? You can get the goods on their website, but also at a ton of other stockists all over the US, as well as a few places in Canada, Australia, and the UK. More info here. A few models are even available through the mammoth Madewell.