The Lincoln Lion Fez
I am thrilled to finally be able to talk about this project. A few weeks ago I was contacted by one of our patrons, and frequent Fez Friday participant, Craig McKenzie about a really cool project. Craig teaches music at the Abraham Lincoln High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in San Jose and has, on more than one occasion, donned his fez while playing his sax. Well it seems that not only did his students dig his choice of head wear but decided that they might be in need a special fez of their own. They even took it upon themselves to work with the art teacher to come up with a design concept. After carefully reading our FAQ page about custom work Craig contacted me to see if we would be interested in this endeavor. Obviously I said yes. It was an honor to do this fez. The artwork the students sent along is brilliant and easily sets the mood for the design. I knew that it would take a bit of reworking to translate it into thread and I wasn't sure where to start but I knew the emotion we needed it to convey. After a series of sketches and a bit of surfing through photos of lions in various states of roars and snarls, I worked up the embroidery you see below. Now I was so excited with the prospect of a High School band sporting our fezzes, I knew we had to do something special with these. So for every Lincoln Lion fez we sell we will be donating $10 to the school designated directly for the Academic, Visual and Performing Arts department. That’s right. Ten bucks per fez, for the arts! So show your support of arts education, or lions, …or fezzes, by getting one of these fine cranium covers. We've already started production on the first batch for the students and as soon as we get more navy velvet in we will continue making more. In the meanwhile, we have set up a pre-order page where you can reserve a Lincoln Lion fez of your own and help a new generation of talent reach for their creative goals.