Stetson Stories: Artist Jen Mussari
Photography by Mark Kauzlarich
Jen wears the Austral.
Studio visit with commercial artist, Jen Mussari in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.
Jen grew up in Philadelphia and spends a lot of her time in the California desert for inspiration. “That peaceful desert energy is something that I am constantly trying to sneak into my bustling everyday life, and it has massively inspired my work.”
“When I started working with Stetson I mentioned the project to my Uncle, who told me something I hadn’t known before: that my great grandfather worked at Stetson’s hat factory in Philadelphia in the early 20th century. My great grandfather, Anthony Catalano, was apparently one of many Catalano immigrants who spent his days blocking, or forming the felt into Stetson hat shapes. We don’t know much else about his time there, but it seems like there was a strong community of Italian immigrants in the factory. I’ve always loved western wear and had no idea that we had this familial connection until I designed this bandana.”