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Derby Bowler

BOWLER/DERBY

A stiff wool felt with curved brim.  A very good example, which is having a renaissance at the moment. Good for city/town wear or for a more avant-garde casual look. These Bowlers are hand finished in London at our workshop.

Colour: Black, Brown, Grey

Fabric: Wool

Size: S, M, L, XL

Price: £70

Code: 43

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High Topper

HIGH TOPPER

The pinnacle of hats, the high topper is a grand, tall hat (higher than a top hat), which widens at the top in a very stiff black wool felt. Very Victorian, and suitable for dress wear or more often, a casual ‘on trend’ look.

Colour: Black

Fabric: Wool

Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Price: £75

Code: 45

 

 
Junior Topper

JUNIOR TOP

A marvelous hat. Made of a stiff wool felt structure like that of a top hat. Traditionally it was worn in the equestrian world of dressage; now it has found favour even amongst musicians! It is very fashionable and smart, adds a sense of drama. 

Colour: Black

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Size: S, M, L, XL

Price: £65

Code: 40

 

 
HARRIS TWEED LAIRD

HARRIS TWEED LAIRD

The Laird hat, could be called our signature hat, it comes in an increasingly rare, Harris Tweed, and is made for all weathers and occasions, with a country suit or urban wear. Of course, This hat will last you forever!!

Colour: Assorted Tweed

Fabric: Wool

Size: S, M, L, XL

Price: £50

Code: 21

 

 
SHERLOCK DEERSTALKER

DEERSTALKER

Instantly recognisable the whole world over, thanks to the legendary Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street. It is traditionally worn for country pursuits, however this hat has had a contemporary renaissance. A staple for tweed aficionados. 

Colour: Assorted Tweed

Fabric: Wool

Size: S, M, L, XL

Price: £45

Code: 35

 

 
trilby

ADVENTURER WIDE BRIM TRILBY

The Adventurer is a 100% wool, crushable, water resistant, wide brimmed Trilby hat, with leather strap and is quite literally suitable for all adventures. Wonderful quality.

Colour: Brown, Olive Green, Navy Blue

Fabric: Wool

Sizes: S, M, L, XL

Price: £70

Code: 32

 

 
trilby

PREMIUM CRUSHABLE FURFELT FEDORA

This is the pinnacle of comfort and luxury, a crushable Furlfelt hat in Fedora style, with a silky soft feel.

Colour: Olive Green, Navy Blue, Black, Sable Brown

Fabric: Furfelt

Size: S, M, L, XL

Price: £85

Code: 88

 

 

 

 

Boater

 

A Boater (also basher, skimmer, katie, or Sennit Hat) is a kind of hat associated with sailing and boating.


It is normally made of Sennit straw and has a stiff flat crown and brim, typically with a ribbon around the crown, which is often in colours representing a school, rowing crew or similar institution. Boaters were popular as summer headgear in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and were supposedly worn by FBI agents as a sort of unofficial uniform.


Known as the headgear at Harrow School, they are more commonly seen except at sailing or rowing events, period theatrical and musical performances (e.g. barbershop).


Being made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. In the heyday of hat wearing, "Straw Hat Day", was the day when men switched from wearing their winter hats to their summer hats, and was seen as a sign of the beginning of summer.


The boater is a fairly formal hat, equivalent in formality to the Homburg, and is correctly worn either in its original setting with a blazer, or as a city hat for summer.
The Boater is making a comeback with the fashion conscious of London, and many are being worn around town more casually, or with summer weight suits.

 

 

Homburg


A Homburg is a grand Felt Hat, in Wool Felt or Fur Felt, and is characterised by a single dent running down the center of the crown and a brim fixed in a tight, upwards curl. It is superficially similar to the Trilby and Fedora. However, where the Fedora and Trilby have soft snappable brim, and multifarious designs, the Homburg is more traditionally a fixed shape.


The Homburg is typically made from wool or fur felt and has a Grosgrain hatband and brim treatment with an optional feather. A variant form is the "lord's hat", which lacks the edge ribbon, and may, optionally, be pinched at the front like a Trilby. In terms of feel, the Homburg is generally a stiff hat, though can be made in marginally softer versions.


It was popularized and brought to England, by Edward VII, after he visited Bad Homburg, in Essen, Germany, and brought back a hat of this style. It became very popular on his return and Edward VII was rarely seen without one.


Like the Trilby or Fedora, the Homburg was once quite popular and is still available in almost any color, but the most common colors are black, grey, and brown. In England, a black homburg became widely known in the 1930s as an “Anthony Eden” after the Government Minister of that name.
In terms of formality, the homburg ranks just below the Top Hat, and above the Bowler,


Fedora and Trilby. It is appropriate with Black Tie, but not White Tie. .

 

 

Bowler hat


The bowler hat, also known as a Coke Hat, Derby (US) or Billycock, is a hard Felt Hat with a rounded crown originally created in 1849 for Edward Coke, the younger brother of the 2nd Earl of Leicester.


The bowler hat was devised in 1849 by the London hatmakers Thomas and William Bowler to fulfill an order placed by the firm of hatters Lock & Co. of St. James’.  Lock & Co. had been commissioned by a customer to design a close-fitting, low-crowned hat to protect his Gamekeeper’s heads from low-hanging branches while on horseback. The keepers had previously worn Top Hats, which were easily knocked off and damaged. It was also hoped that the new style of hat would protect the keepers if they were attacked by poachers.
Lock & Co. then commissioned the Bowler brothers to solve the problem. While most accounts state that the customer was William Coke, a nephew of the 1st Earl of Leicester, recent research has cast some doubt on this, and it is now believed that it was instead Edward Coke, the younger brother of the 2nd Earl of Leicester.


When Coke arrived in London on 17 December 1849 to collect his hat he reportedly placed it on the floor and stamped hard on it twice to test its strength; the hat withstood this test and Coke paid 12 shillings for it.  In accordance with Lock & Company's usual practice, the hat was called the "Coke" (pronounced “cook”) hat after the customer who had ordered it, and this is most likely why the hat became known as the "Billy Coke" or "Billycock" hat in Norfolk.


Bowler hats, locally called a Bombin, have also been worn by Quechua and Aymara women in Peru and Bolivia since the 1920s when it was introduced to Bolivia by British railway workers. For many years a factory in Italy manufactured the hats for the Bolivian market, but they are now made locally in Bolivia.

 

The Bowler has been worn over the years by many gentlemen around town, synonymous with bank managers in the 30’s and 40’s and immortalized by Arthur Lowe in “Dad’s Army”. Latterly it became well know as the head wear for John Steed in the avengers, but after the 1960’s it became less popular.


It has made a recent comeback though and both sexes have adopted the bowler as an expression of classic British style, and like the structured nature of the Bowler over others.

 

Cowboy hat


The Cowboy Hat, Stetson, 10 Gallon Hat, Ranch Hat, Pioneers Hat, Cattleman or Boss of the Plains, is a high-crowned, wide-brimmed hat best known as the defining piece of attire for the North American Cowboy. Today it is worn by many people, and is particularly associated with Ranch workers in the western and southern United States, western Canada and northern Mexico, with Country and Western singers, and for participants in the North American Rodeo circuit. It is recognized around the world as part of Old West lore. It is an item of apparel that can be worn in any corner of the world, and receive immediate recognition as part of North American cowboy culture. The first western model was the open crowned "Boss of the Plains" and after that came the front creased Carlsbad, destined to become “the” cowboy style. The high crowned, wide brimmed, soft felt western hats that followed are intimately associated with the cowboy image.

 

Design

 

Modern cowboy hats are made of fur-based felt, straw or, less often, leather. They are sold with a tall, rounded crown and a wide flat brim. Often the crown is pinched at the front and grooved down the centre of the crown. They have a simple sweatband on the inside to stabilize the fit of the head, and usually a small decorative hat band on the outside of the crown. In some places, "stampede strings" or "wind strings" are also attached. Hats can be manufactured in virtually any color, but are most often seen in shades of beige, brown and black. Today's cowboy hat has remained basically unchanged in construction and design since the first one was created in 1865, by J.B. Stetson, and Stetson is often the name given to the hat, so synonymous are they with the company. The Cowboy Hat quickly helped Stetson become the largest hat producer in the world, which it still is today. Ornamentation, such as bows or buckles, were attached on the left side. This had a practical purpose, because the majority of people are generally right-handed, in the absence of a wide brim, bows or feathers on the right side of headwear could have interfered with the use of Weapons. The Boss of the plains design influenced various wide-brimmed hats worn by farmers and Stockmen all over the United States. Later designs were customised for law enforcement, military and motion pictures. Creases in cowboy hats are used to give hats individual character and identify a certain group. A very popular crease used on modern cowboy hats is the Cattlemen. It is creased right down the center of the crown with a dent on each side. Returning in popularity is the Carlsbad crease, now sometimes called a "Gus crease" after a character in Lonesome Dove. It maintains a high crown at the back with the crease sloping steeply toward the front. The rodeo crease, the bull rider's crease (Formerly called the RCA crease, for the Professional Rodea Cowboy’s Association), the quarter horse crease, and the “tycoon," with a pinched front, are also seen today.

 

Background

 

Cowboy hats go back, almost to the inception of the cowboy. However, It is not clear when the Cowboy Hat began to be named as such. Westerners originally had no standard headwear. People moving west wore many styles of hat, including Top Hats, Bowler Hats (Derby Hats or “Derbies”) and Homburg style hats, remains of Civil War headgear, Mariner Caps and everything else. The working cowboy wore wide-brimmed, high-crowned hats long before the invention of the modern design. However, credit for "invention" of the cowboy hat as it is known today is generally given to John Batterson Stetson. The original "Boss of the plains," manufactured by Stetson in 1865, was flat-brimmed, had a straight sided crown, with rounded corners. These light-weight, waterproof hats, were natural in color, with four inch crowns and brims. A plain hatband was fitted to adjust head size. The sweatband bore Stetson’s name. The Cowboy Hat has remained the universal image of the American West. Inside the cowboy hat is a memorial bow to past hatters, who developed brain damage from treating felt with toxic mercury (which gave rise to the expression "Mad as a Hatter"). Their bodies absorbed mercury, and after several years of making hats, the hatters developed violent and uncontrollable muscle twitching. The ignorance of the times caused people to attribute these strange gyrations to madness, not mercury.

 

"Ten Gallon" Hat

 

Some cowboy hats have been called "ten gallon" hats. The term came into use about 1925. There are multiple theories for how the concept arose. One possibility is that the tight weave of most Stetsons hats made them sufficiently waterproof to be used as a bucket. Early print advertising by Stetson showed a cowboy giving his horse a drink of water from a hat. The Stetson company notes that a "ten gallon" hat only holds 3 quarts. Another theory is that the term "ten gallon" is possibly a corruption of the Spanish term galón, or galloon, a type of narrow braided trimming around the crown of a Sombrero, possibly a style adapted by the Vaqueros. So, the term "ten-gallon" did not originally refer to the holding capacity of the hat, but to the width of a Sombrero hatband. When Texas cowboys misunderstood the word galón for gallon, the popular, though incorrect, legend may have been born.