Remember when summer felt endless?
For three glorious months, there was no homework and no teachers. After that final bell, there was nothing but fun, sun, and a little bit of mischief.
The vintage style of Sandlot Goods’ hats, wallets, and accessories is inspired by days of years past, where kids played from dawn ‘til the lights came on. Our throwback look instantly transports you to chasing the ice cream truck and playing games of “Home Run Derby,” where no one has ever managed to hit one.
Like most creative endeavors, Sandlot Goods started simple. After years of working as a photographer stuck in the digital world, our owner and CEO, Chad Hickman, got the itch to make something tangible. After learning the basics of leatherworking, he got started creating wallets inspired by his lifetime love of baseball.
In 2014, Chad’s world was forever changed after the sudden loss of his older brother. He started channeling his grief into creativity by tapping into the nostalgic memories of their childhood.
Today, everything made at Sandlot Goods is created with equal parts form and whimsy. Each product is handcrafted at our facility in Kansas City—and we mean that. We design’em, cut’em, stitch’em, literally the whole nine yards.
It’s a labor of love but we’re in it to win it.
Before the 1960s, Kansas City was a textile town. In the old days, our local garment industry was only outsized by New York City. Unfortunately, the textile industry has almost completely been sent overseas for mass production.
And you know what? That sucks.
The future is always uncertain. You can build a business plan that accounts for every possibility you foresee, but reality always finds a way to surprise you. We
don’t have a crystal ball or one of those fortune-telling machines, but this is how we see it.
Bring back American-made. Nothing bums us out more than the state of textiles in this country. It’s a weird bone to pick, sure, but we’re passionate about it. Baseball is America’s pastime—so, let’s rep that U.S. pride with American-made hats! Cities throughout the country sell hats that represent their local identity—yet they’re lining the pockets of factories overseas.
Let’s bring American-made back. Let’s bring textiles back to the U.S. and create jobs in an industry that almost feels forgotten. Step-by-step, day-by-day, we’re working towards this goal.
Make it fun. Hats and wallets aren’t just accessories, they’re wearable art. Each accessory someone sports makes a statement that projects their identity, style, and personality. Whether they’re hats for a fun minor league or a trendy look for the fashion-forward, we’re always looking to push the envelope on hat design.
Transform textiles. The textiles industry is so much more than hats and accessories. We’re always looking ahead to see what else we can do and how far we can push the medium. As we forge ahead, we’re always on the path to innovate and create new fabric-based opportunities.