An Interview with HeadHaus Cycling Caps

Text by: Altitude Sports Collaboration

Headhaus. An Interview with HeadHaus Cycling Caps

We sat down with Emilie, the owner (and ferocious cyclist) behind HeadHaus cycling caps. There isn’t much to know, really; if you like funky, one-off caps made right here in Montreal by a tremendously cool and motivated person, then grab a coffee and stay a while. You’ll learn what makes her tick, and get a glimpse of why she spends her spare time make custom caps.

Where do you live: Montréal (Rosemont), QC

Hometown: Lachine, QC

Background: I was one of the lucky ones that did the Katimavik program before all budgets were cut off. I studied in Action Communautaire at Université de Montréal. I worked in bike shops for quite a bit.

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Favorite memory as a child: One summer, my parents rented a cabin right next to a lake – just to contextualize, I had an obsession with frogs – and at that lake there were water lilies and frogs everywhere. I remember taking my dad’s windsurfing board with my brother and rowing with our hands to get closer to listen to them, and I just couldn’t believe it, I had never seen/heard this many frogs in my life.

Best vacation: My brother has been living in Hong Kong for a few years now, and I visited him in 2008. This city is absolutely amazing: lights everywhere, huge buildings, crazy nightlife, delicious street food, horse racing, karaoke, mega shopping!

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What skill does no one know you have: I actually can sing pretty well (but am always very shy about it) and at 15 years old, my singing teacher introduced me to one of her friends that had a recording studio to record a demo.

What frustrates you: The sound of people chewing their food with their mouth open. I just can’t.

Your favorite creation: I made a big Marge Simpson patch out of scrap fabric that I hand stitched. It took me quite some time to finish it but came out just as I’d imagined it.

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How many cycling caps do you think you made since the beginning:  It is very hard to tell because I sometimes forget to take pictures of the caps that I make because I am so excited to give it to my client as soon as it’s ready, but I would say around 400 caps.

If you could have two things from Altitude-sports.com what would they be: Big Agnes – Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO Tent + Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock

Where are you happiest: Alone on my bike, at the top of a hill after a big, steep & long climb.

Is your lifestyle for everyone: I wouldn’t think so: 40h/week job + 3 trainings/week + 1 competition/week + sewing all the HeadHaus special orders after work for my wonderful clients.

What can’t you bike without: Watermelon GU Chomps

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