About Us

The story of Travel Clothing by Half Moon started 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 “fast” fashion and the typical retail experience. Living out of tipi and then a repurposed school bus, the partners began designing and crafting garments. They soon joined the Renaissance Faire circuit and would eventually show up at fairs and festivals all over the country. The signature cloaks, coats and capes steadily gained notoriety.

Today, their daughter runs the operation. She has brought Half Moon online and to the Colorado Indian Market, the Western Design Conference, Denver Fashion Week and the Longest Night Masquerade Ball in addition to several Renaissance fairs. Due to the Great Plague of 2020, Half Moon is currently online only.

Ethos

Half Moon doesn’t believe in “fast” fashion–we believe in the value of well-designed, well-crafted, beautiful clothing that lasts. We pride ourselves on creating garments that our customers will have and wear for many years. All of our garments are handmade at our shop in Colorado. 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.
We offer a lifetime repair guarantee (see below in FAQs). Read more about our garments here.

Fabric

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. Since many wool mills are closing or shifting operations overseas, we have also started incorporating velvet, fleece, linen, and silk into our pieces. Sometimes, we use fur from recycled or donated fur coats to trim hoods.

Buttons

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, pewter, and wood buttons that we get from other small artisanal shops—we love building and fostering trade relationships between small business owners.

Community

Frequently Asked Questions

See our FAQs below for answers to common questions our customers have. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us.

General

All garments are designed and manufactured in Colorado.

The wait time is the least from January through June–after that we are preparing for Renaissance Faire season and autumn/winter orders.

We do often work with fabrics such as velvet, linen, and fleece. Reach out to us if you have something in mind!

Tagua nuts are a product of the Tagua tree located in parts of the Amazonian Rain Forest. We like the rustic character of the buttons, as well as using a sustainable product to help preserve the rain forests.

Designs

No specific time periods are considered in our designs…but we seem to do pretty well at the Renaissance Faires and in the LARP, SCA, and Steampunk communities. Our story and designs have evolved over the years as fashion senses have changed, but we are still making some of our very first designs.

We are always happy to consider custom designs. All new designs are contingent upon a review and approval by Half Moon.

All of our capes, cloaks and cowls are unisex. Our Talon and Kyrie Coats have more of a feminine shape, while the Tracker and Ranger coats are more masculine, but all designs are worn by both men and women.

Garments

Many of them are! Wool is water repellent because of its natural lanolin. You can wear our wool garments in weather that calls for a rain coat or umbrella. Wool is excellent for harsh weather conditions like snow and sleet–it retains its warmth even when soaked.
Other fabrics that we use—polyester velvet, linen, fleece, etc, are not as water resistant and should be worn with more care.

Eventually all wool pills to some degree, however, we have found that the 85/15 fabric is extremely durable. Customers from 20 years ago come back with their garments and they still are in excellent condition. Of course, it depends how often you wear it and what you are doing.

We recommend dry cleaning for serious stains and soilage, and for all customs and pieces that are 100% wool or velvet.

However, for small stains, you can hand/spot wash with a little bit of detergent, avoiding any leather, and lay it flat to dry.

We suggest airing it out on a nice, breezy fall afternoon, and once again in the spring. No further cleaning is required other than any necessary spot washing or in case of serious soilage (see above).

Not on the standard heavy 85/15 fabric and we have yet to see any of the lightweight 100% wool colors have this problem.

Returns/Repairs

No refunds on CUSTOM garments made to specifications. If it is an error on our end, we will do our best to fix it, on a case-by-case basis.
There will be a $10 restocking charge for any items returned within 30 days. We do not cover return shipping, unless the reason for return is our fault.
NO returns after 30 days. Problems with orders MUST be addressed within 10 business days.

We pride ourselves on quality workmanship. Should your garment find itself in need of repair we are happy to help you out!
We will repair any defect in workmanship for the life of the garment. This includes normal wear/tear only (we reserve the right to determine normal wear/tear) and does not include replacement of buttons or other pieces.
We will determine the cost of repair on a case-by-case basis, and the customer shall cover shipping costs.

We need to see it (or see detailed pictures) to make that determination. We will do our very best to fix it, which may involve charges. We find that mothballs work well to avoid damage from either moths or mice.