Half Moon was established in 1984 with the meeting of two artisanal minds. One had fashioned a poncho from a wool blanket while hitchhiking the American landscape. The other sought an alternative to mindless consumption and “fast” fashion.
Living out of tipi and then a repurposed school bus, the couple began designing and crafting other types of garments, and were soon swept up by the Renaissance Faire circuit. Half Moon would eventually show up at fairs and festivals all over the country, the signature cloaks, coats, capes, and jackets steadily gaining in notoriety.
Today, Half Moon remains in the family with a base of operations in Western Colorado. We maintain booths at several Renaissance Fairs and smaller festivals and have developed a loyal customer base both in the U.S. and abroad.
Half Moon seeks an end to “fast” fashion–we believe in the value of well-designed, well-crafted, beautiful clothing that lasts. We pride ourselves on building and fostering trade relationships between small business owners. If you are an artisan and would like to discuss possibilities with Half Moon, get in touch!
All of our garments are handmade in Delta, Colorado. We’ve used wool since our beginnings because it’s water resistant, warm, and quiet in the woods. It’s also recyclable, biodegradable, and requires significantly less energy to produce than many man-made fibers. Our wool comes from the oldest and longest continuously-operating wool mill in the U.S. We are proud to be a part of the “Made in America” fashion movement, and excited to be pursuing more sustainable practices in our production, including the use of alternative fabrics. Read more about our garments.
Most of our buttons are sourced from Ecuador via the Tagua Initiative from Conservation International. Tagua nut, or “vegetable ivory,” is a sustainable resource – by buying it we (and you) are supporting small communities in Ecuador and helping to conserve the Amazon rainforest. We also use antler and clay buttons locally made by artisans in Western Colorado.