Matt Bruening + Jana Lam

Bucket Hat • Gray over Hot Pink Seaflower with Tan Palaka • Matt Bruening Label + Jana Lam


The Murray Bucket Hat is a collaboration with Matt Bruening Label. Each hat is hand-printed at the Jana Lam Studio, and hand-sewn at the Matt Bruening Label Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

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Seaflower.  Seaflower is THE ORIGINAL Jana Lam print. Seaflower was the first print Jana made when she moved home to Hawaii from San Francisco in 2010, which was the same year she started her company.  It is the print from which everything began. In essence Seaflower was her guinea pig while she figured out how to set up her own studio and screen print on her own. To make this design she used large opaque pens (opaque pens are notoriously leaky and hard to deal with and once you make a mistake there is no going back) and drew directly on a huge piece of tracing paper.  Her aim was just to create a simple design that she could use to test out on her screens because she didn’t want to have to deal with getting film made at that point.  So she had to draw very large to cover the big piece of trace. The rather giant flowers of the current print have been reworked a bit but they were actually drawn at almost same size that they are now.  So in essence, the print remains pretty similar to the original and is unlike almost all of the other prints in the catalog, which were drawn at a smaller scale and done in pencil and then traced over in Micron pen. Funny enough, even though she did a lot of research, drawing, and test-printing, it was never with the idea to make her own products out of the fabric.  She didn’t go into screen-printing with the intention to start a business.  But she did, and Seaflower, which in the beginning was one of only a few prints (and the standout) that she used for her products, came to encapsulate and define the entire brand.  Jana immediately realized that it was the strongest and most singular design of her small collection of prints, and so she used one of the flowers as her trademark and put it in her logo.  And that in short, is why Seaflower is the classic, quintessential print of the brand, and still among the most popular designs, (if not the most popular design) in the entire catalog.

Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a little bit of bummer no??  So especially now, Matt Bruening and the Jana Lam Fam are always busy scheming up ways to bring a smile to people’s faces. The last time you saw an MB x JL collab was in the summer of 2018 with pants and kimonos, but this time around we thought why not? let’s just bust out a few of the ever popular bucket hat.  This 90’s style trend has made a comeback, and we just can’t get enough.  Our signature prints paired with classic Palaka in a variety of colors?? Reversible?? Yes please, sign us up!  Guys and girls. . . we want to see everyone rocking this awesome accessory.

The Details:
XS/S 19-21” circumference
M/L 22-24” circumference

Made in Hawaii, USA

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