Hello! We are Brad and Kate, the husband and wife behind this thing! We created The Copper Hat in 2009 because of our own frustration with wasteful and irritating drug store shaving supplies.
We each struggled with extreme skin types, one oily and one sensitive and dry. We were overwhelmed by the increasing cost of multi-blade cartridge razors and the terror cheaper razors reigned on our skin. When Brad started a job that required him to be clean shaven every day, he took matters into his own hands. He tracked down his first vintage double-edged razor and a shaving brush and, for the next several months, his most common saying to Kate was “feel how smooth my face is!” After observing Brad’s excitement, Kate began wet shaving and could also never go back to the drug store habit. We quickly learned that by taking the time to prepare the skin and shave using good technique and quality products, we could get awesome shaves without irritation, ingrown hairs and razor burn. We started The Copper Hat because we knew we couldn’t be the only people tired of spending too much money on cartridge razors that would just end up in landfills.
Since 2009, we have taught thousands of people about wet shaving and have helped them switch to shaving products that are easier on the skin, provide a closer shave, are way less expensive, and much easier on the planet. We source many of our products from local artisans and also make a lot of what we sell ourselves. We are passionate about decreasing plastic waste and are happy to chat with folks about using metal razors and recyclable razor blades.
Between 2010 and 2020 we have had a brick-and-mortar retail store in several locations in downtown Victoria, BC, Canada. This amazing experience of in-person retail has taught us so much about different peoples’ shaving needs and has been a unique opportunity to hone what we do. Due to COVID (anyone else sick of that line??), we closed our physical store in Victoria and have been operating online, shipping orders since then.
In the summer of 2023, we finally made the extremely difficult decision to close The Copper Hat permanently.
We feel incredibly lucky to have met so many wonderful, supportive and interesting people on The Copper Hat path. Whether you were a customer, fellow vendor or small-business owner, market coordinator, family member, friend or someone else who cheered us on along the way, THANK YOU, we wouldn’t have stuck with The Copper Hat for this long without you! We are passionate about grassroots economies and encourage you to support small, local businesses whenever possible.
Thank you so much for stopping by,
Kate & Brad