There we were, browsing the online craft site Etsy for a set of matching handmade hats for our web department, we came across this little local guy, Mason. Now, Mason is clearly the cutest baby model we’ve ever seen, but we knew there had to be more. So we set out to find the cutest kids on Etsy, all modeling products made by Chicago crafters.
Mason sports the baby Oakdale hat made by his aunt, Hallie Borden. After her sister told her it was hard to find hats that covered little kids' ears, Hallie started making a smaller version of her adult-sized Oakdale hat. The hats are made to order, so shoppers can pick their own custom color combination.
Hallie says she's been crafting all her life, but only recently started selling online. "I love the idea of people I don't know wearing things that I made," she says.
Check out her shop and you'll also find Mason's sister, Maya, modeling some of her aunt’s hats. (Maya's equally as cute as her brother, but invoking the Golden Rule of Cute Children, the tie always goes to the baby.) And a bit of insider info: Hallie names most of her creations after streets around her East Lakeview home.
The baby Oakdale hat sells for $24 and the toddler size sells for $26.