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Welcome to the Hat Guide – A-Z  of Hats!

Pillbox Hat

Women’s and Military hat A Pillbox Hat, or simply Pillbox is a small woman’s hat with a flat crown and straight, upright sides. The Pillbox is also a military hat often including a chin strap. Military Pillbox Hats are still seen on ceremonial occasions, particulary in Commonwealth countries. The Royal Military College of Canada dress […]

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Christy’s Hats

Traditional English hat maker Miller Christy founder of the Christy’s Hats set up his first manufacturing unit in Whitehart Court in London in 1773. Six reigns of royals and eight generations of the Christy family have forged the brand of Christys’ London since its foundation over 225 years ago. Christys’ Hats is the only company […]

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Resistol

Largest manufacturer of headgear in the world In the early 1920’s E.R. Byer, a young millionaire, sold his business in Michigan and travelled South to further his fortunes. He invested in a young hat maker Harry Rolnick, who operated a small hat factory. E.R. Byer was one of Rolnick’s customers and was so impressed by his […]

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Bailey Hat Company

Hats for Hollywood stars and the West In 1922 George Bailey founded the Bailey Hat Company in Los Angeles, California in response to the need for a West Coast hat making company that catered for the local market and the Western wear market too. George Bailey understood that Hollywood’s leading men were the global arbiters of style […]

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Kangol

British clothing company famous for its headwear Kangol is a British company famous for its headwear. The company originated in Cleator in Cumbria in 1938 by Jaques Spreiregen. The name Kangol comes from the K in silk, the ANG from angora, the OL from wool. Kangol produced hats for workers, golfers, and the military. They […]

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Beaver Hat

A hat made from beaver pelts A Beaver Hat is a hat made from felted beaver fur which were fashionable in Europe from 1550 to 1850. Felted beaver fur is soft yet resilient and can be easily combed to make a variety of hat shapes including the top hat. The beaver almost became extintinct in […]

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Ten Gallon Hat

The big hat from the West The Ten Gallon Hat is a form of cowboy hat with the term coming into use in the mid 1920s. There are many theories of how the Ten Gallon Hat got its name. One of them is that the Stetson Hat Company boasted that the tight weave of Stetsons […]

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Cowboy Hat

Legendary hat from North America The Cowboy Hat is a high-crowned, wide-brimmed hat and the classic attire of the North American cowboy. Today it is worn by many people, and in particular ranch workers in the United States, western Canada and northern Mexico, and also with Country and Western singers, and Rodeo riders. The Cowboy […]

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Conical Asian Hat

Tradition Asian hat The conical Asian hat also known as the sedge hat, rice hat, paddy hat or coolie hat is a simple style of conical hat originating in East and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea. It is kept on the head by a cloth chin strap often made of silk […]

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Cordobés

Traditional hat from Córdoba The sombrero Cordobés is a traditional hat made in Córdoba, Spain and traditionally worn it a large part of Andalusia. In the Spanish-speaking world outside of Andalusia, the term can simply mean ‘wide-brimmed hat’. The traditional colour is black, though other common colours are red, pearl grey, sea green and navy […]

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