Who exactly is Mr. Michael Brown, the self-proclaimed Hat Ambassador, and the man behind one of the hottest new brands in the cigar culture?
The simple answer is…he’s a gentleman. A brother. A father. A grandfather. A husband and friend. These are some of the obvious things that he is…but they don’t even begin to scratch the surface or help you understand just who he is.
As someone who has dabbled in hats and cigars at different times in his life, it wasn’t until he moved to Miami Beach in 2015 that both of these passions of his were able to come together and flourish, paving a path for who he is today.
In 2018, Michael successfully completed and received his certification as a cigar sommelier from the International Association of Cigar Sommeliers (IACS). His focus as a cigar sommelier is on the aspects of pairing cigars and spirits and more specifically, gourmet pairings. This will be one of the key features of this book and be highlighted throughout.
His experience in the hat game can be credited to his years working for the hat company Goorin Bros. at their hat shop in Miami Beach since 2017. This is where the foundation was laid of becoming a professional hatter and ultimately became a catalyst for him in starting his own brand, Hats and Cigars in 2019.
Hats and Cigars, the brand, was started by Michael to give cigar enthusiasts and hatters a product that wasn’t previously available in the market. He had a vision and has made that vision a reality. His premium cigar-centric hat pins have changed the game when it comes to cigar and hat accessories. He continues to build his brand and grow the Hats and Cigars collection with premium pins and accessories for both hatters and cigar enthusiasts.
If you ask him, he would humbly refer to himself as a hat aficionado, a cigar enthusiast, a hat pin entrepreneur, and now hopefully, a soon to be best-selling author.
Hats and Cigars: Flairing and Pairing
Hats and Cigars: Flairing and Pairing is a look into the cultures of hats and cigars from the perspective of the author, Michael Brown, the self-proclaimed Hat Ambassador and a certified cigar sommelier. His many years of experience working in the hatting industry and his training with cigar and spirit pairings is where the idea to share this knowledge was born. The book will give you some basic insights into hatting and “flairing”, a term used in the culture to describe adding accessories to a hat to give it some flair. You will also get to experience several cigar and spirit pairings directly from the collection of a cigar sommelier and learn some of the basic techniques used in these pairings. This provides you with an inside look into the cultures of both hats and cigars and delivers exclusive commentary and insight into the hats and cigars lifestyle directly from The Hat Ambassador himself.