OUR STORY

ed and stephanie raftery of TrailHeads - makers of the famous ponytail hats and headbands
mark charpentier and his daughters natalie and nicole of TrailHeads - makers of the famous ponytail hats and headbands

Thanks for stopping by to learn a bit about us. Back in 2002, we said “I do” and began our married life together. In the busy year that followed, we welcomed Elle, our first child, to the world and we started this business together.

Working out of our tiny, one bedroom apartment we combined our savings with a grant from the NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped in order to pull together our first collection, including our famous ponytail hats. We struggled through numerous production challenges, managed to get a handful of retailers to actually place orders and then we shipped almost everything late. But through it all we remained confident, at least most of the time, that we had some good ideas and a solid plan. Mark Charpentier, a colleague from Ed’s days working for Cannondale Corporation, joined TrailHeads to head up our sales efforts. We were on the trail and moving forward!

Along the way, we added our second daughter Maggie to our family, relocated to Kent, CT, and steadily built a small team of talented people. From our solar powered office here in the northwest hills of Litchfield County, you’ll find our team passionately working to develop the highest quality, innovative apparel and accessories for outdoor fun and adventure.

We pour the same energy and passion that goes into making our products into our efforts to help people overcome challenges of all kinds. Click here to learn more about our efforts to Give Back.

Thanks for visiting our site, finding out about us, and thanks for your support of TrailHeads. Please check out our product line and if you’ve got any feedback, ideas for new products, or any other comments you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you!

All the best,

Stephanie and Ed Raftery