There is protection in all that we do. 5% of Drybelle’s net proceeds are donated to charities that benefit and protect women in developing countries.
We choose to only work with ethical/fair trade manufacturers because we care about protecting the interests of everyone involved in creating a Drybelle Hat.
We are on a mission to find the ideal recycled fabric or develop our own, so we protect the earth by doing our part in closing the loop. In the meantime, we use only recyclable and/or compostable packaging and tags.
About Our Founder/Inventor
Drybelle hats were created by New York Hairstylist, Shannon Wall.
Shannon's hair career began at the cutting-edge institute, Bumble & Bumble, and then at the legendary Kenneth Salon at the Waldorf Astoria. There, she worked on the gamut of high-end clientele: heiresses, celebrities, and businesswomen alike. Shannon also earned spots on the teams of the world's most renowned hairstylists. She assisted backstage during Fashion Week on shows like Balenciaga, Oscar de la Renta, and Narciso Rodriguez. She also worked on-set for US Vogue, Italian Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Coach, and Blumarine. As the head hairstylist, she was chosen to do hair for campaigns for clients like L'Oréal, John Freida, Vince Camuto, and Kiehl's. In 2017, Shannon opened her own salon in Waikiki, Hawaii, called Tropical Style House.
How a Drybelle Was Born
After work at the salon one night, Shannon noticed it was raining just as she finished blowing out her hair. In a panic, she improvised using supplies she found in the stock room. Shannon quickly wrapped cellophane around her hairline and then pulled a shower cap over her head. Running out the door and molding her scarf around this head wrap, she was feeling very grateful for the protection but, it was hardly a chic look! When Shannon got off the train in the West Village, it was still pouring as she made her way to the restaurant. Once inside, she quickly tried to pull everything off her head and toss her hair around gracefully but, according to the strange looks she was getting from the other diners, she must have looked anything but graceful. This was confirmed when her friends asked in disgusted disbelief, "did you just pull plastic wrap off your head?" At that moment, Shannon knew there was a need for a fashionable hat that could be used to protect hairstyles from being ravaged by bad weather- and she was going to create it!
Fast forward numerous prototypes later, and she finally lands on the ideal design. This happens after she arrives in Hawaii, which makes sense as, like New York, Hawaii has unpredictable outbursts of rain that could ruin her clients' hairstyles. Once this is figured out, she dove right in, spending many long nights after her salon closed sewing hats and building the brand. Two years later... Drybelle is here!