Half Moon rose with the aligning of two artisanal minds over 30 years ago. 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.
That poncho design was the beginning. Living on the road, the couple began designing and crafting other types of garments, and were soon swept up by the Renaissance Faire circuit. Half Moon would soon be showing up at festivals all over the country, the signature cloaks, coats, capes, and jackets steadily gaining in notoriety.
Today, Half Moon’s base of operations lies in the North Fork Valley of Western Colorado. We still maintain booths at three Renaissance Faires (King Richard’s Faire, New York, and Maryland) 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 work together, get in touch!
All of our garments are handmade in Delta, Colorado. We like wool because it's recyclable, biodegradable, and requires significantly less energy to produce than many man-made fibers. Plus, it's water resistant, warm, and quiet in the woods! Our wool comes from the oldest and longest continuously-operating wool mill in the country. 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 experimenting with 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.
We're finally on Instagram!
And we post photos from our 30 years of archives, news from the shop, pictures from happy customers, and various other ephemera.
Get a new Half Moon? Had one for forever? Be a part of our visual history! Post a photo and tag us: @halfmoontravelclothing