The Golden Gate Hat Company was founded in Los Angeles in 1923, 14 years before the Golden Gate Bridge was built in San Francisco. So don't confuse Los Angeles' Golden Gate with San Francisco's Golden Gate; and certainly don't accuse the hat company of stealing the name of the bridge! When William Katz founded Golden Gate, the Hollywood film industry was on the verge of exploding as both an industry and even more importantly, as the major influence on American popular culture. Mr. Katz made important early contacts with Hollywood costume designers and ever since GG headwear has been widely used in motion pictures and television. From Michael Jackson to Madonna to Britney Spears; from Robert Redford in "The Natural" to Dan Ackroyd in "Blues Brothers" to Leonardo DeCaprio in "Titanic", televison epics "Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance", and countless feature films like "Wild Wild West"; Golden Gate Hats have been filmed for decades. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren of William Katz still own and operate Golden Gate Hat Company and are proud to display the "Made In America" label in their hats shipped around the world.