Retirement Announcement : Thank You to the Best Clients Ever

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of my clients, friends, and family for supporting Kat’s Anime Hats for the last 5+ years. It has been quite a journey. What started out as the first cat hat to make a little money to help fix a car, turned into a booming cosplay business. I’ve been running KAH while also holding a 9-5 job staying up endless nights prepping for cons and making sure costumes were done on time.

I’ve been personally invited by the CEO of Comikaze to LA, met countless talent along the way, gained 8000+ fans, and was featured in a number of articles both online and in print. I even made it into a D-piddy video. It’s nice to know a girl from South Jersey can make such an impact.

It also comes with very careful consideration that I am closing shop the end of this year. It’s a little sad because I feel like I’m at the top of my game right now and business is booming. The good news is, I will continue to help friends locally with cosplay stuff. I’ll probably never really be finished that or creating costumes for myself. But as of Dec 31, 2015 I will be stepping away from online orders, conventions, and festival scenes as an artist.

The next step in my life journey begins soon and I’m both excited and a little nervous. Anyone that was promised work, will have their work finished. I am also getting rid of a lot of my fleece at half price. $5 per yard. If anyone needs any, please let me know.

To my KAH staff- You guys are the best. 24 hour marathon selling at Magfest. Sleepless nights followed by the National Cherry Blossom Festival madness. It certainly has been a ride. Nothing like a bunch of Jersey guys causing trouble in Disney and Los Angeles. When I was totally strapped for time, some of you even learned how to sew and helped get me ready in time. Some of you still can’t cut a straight line, but you always tried. I want to thank you guys for keeping me sane. There is no way I could have done all of this alone. In the years of running KAH, we never had a security issue at our table or anyone elses table around us. Thanks for being make-shift security too.

To my husband- Thank you. You put up with hours of the sewing machine running while you tried to game, managed to duck and cover each time a sewing machine broke, and allowed me to push this business all the way out to California. Granted, it meant you got to meet Elvira, but you really were only looking out for my best interest. I couldn’t have done this without you. <3

Friends and family- I am well aware I have a large backlog of orders I need to fill with all of you. Thanks for being so patient

Fans- I’ll miss you the most. You guys have been repeat clients, handed out business cards, and defended me against the evil pre-manufactured hat! lol. You know who you are and you guys are what make this decision so hard. Being known as “the original hat lady” at the CBF, “the custom costume designer from jersey”, and “the lady the hand-makes her stuff” has been awesome. If anyone needs cosplay suggestion please feel free to email me for help. I can try to walk you through it. Who knows. Maybe I’ll start posting how to’s on youtube and you guys can start making these yourself.

Colette Fozard – Please don’t kill me