Different countries have different ways of measuring hat size. In Europe it is measured in centimetres. Other countries use inches. The United States have their own specific measurements. The British have their own which is slightly different to the Americans.
The most common way is to measure in centimetres, which is our method.
Or you can use a hat size chart to convert from your preferred method directly to centimetres so you can order from us.
People often ask if having a big head is a sign of intelligence. The answer is no. But wearing a hat that’s the right size almost certainly is.
How to measure your head.
It is easier to get someone to take your head measurement than to do it yourself. However, this is how it is done.
Take a tape measure and place one end in the centre of your forehead at around the level where you would like your hat to sit, usually between one and two centimetres above the eye brows. Pass it around your head and back to the middle of your forehead. If there are any bumps make sure these are included.
This should read between 55 and 59 centimetres for most women, and between 56 and 62 centimetres for most men. Add a half centimetre to the reading unless you want the hat to be very tight.
Remember, if it is too tight it may leave a red mark on your forehead.
Everyone says the world has to change. But what do we do about it? We believe fashion plays a vital role, both symbolic and practical.
Fashion deals in symbols so the choices we make as producers and consumers are highly visible. Slow fashion means a return to apparel that is not throwaway and does not waste resources on trivia, that is responsibly made by companies that respect and look after the people that work for them, that encourages diversity in its workforce.
75% of our staff come from diverse backgrounds. They work with us not for this reason but because they are the best at what they do. They take pride in making your hats and in training and nurturing others.
We always work with the same suppliers and our long lasting relationships with them mean we can be sure of the materials we use.
Our hats will last a lifetime if looked after properly. They are designed to always be in fashion. Some of the models date back to the origins of our company.
Craftsmanship. Fashion made to last. Responsibility and pride in how we make your hats. This is slow fashion and this is our future.
A hat protects you from the UV radiation that can cause skin cancer. Many doctors recommend wearing a hat in the summer for those with sensitive skin.
A hat keeps you warm in winter. Around 10% of body heat is lost through the head, assuming no other protection from the cold! So if you are already wrapped up you need to seal off the remaining area to retain warmth.
If you are wearing a hat you will almost certainly not need an umbrella when it rains.
A hat finishes off your outfit, providing a focal point that pulls your whole look together.
A hat expresses your personality better than any other item of clothing. It is the closest to your face, after all. If you are a performer a hat can form part of your stage persona.
A hat is the perfect solution to a bad hair day.
If you are shy a hat can give you confidence. At social gatherings a hat is a proven conversation opener.
Wearing a beautiful hat to an event such as a wedding or a party is a delightful compliment to your hosts.
Buying a new hat is a great morale booster.
Here are some simple rules that will help to keep your hat in shape and looking good.
Felt hats can be used in the rain and will even keep you dry unless the you are in a real downpour. However when you get home make sure you push the crown back into shape by teasing it back out from the inside. Then place it on a flat surface so that the brim dries straight. Do not, under any circumstances, put It on a radiator or any other source of heat, as it will dry out of shape.
To clean the felt use a stiff brush to remove dust. You can restore the sheen of your felt by steaming. Use either a hand steamer or a kettle, leaving an distance of around 10 cms between the source of steam and the felt. Let the steam penetrate the fibres of the felt, wherever it needs buffing. Use a brush to help if necessary.
Caps can be dry cleaned but are liable to shrink, so a specialist dry cleaner, with experience of cleaning hats, is advisable.
Coloured straw or sisal hats can fade in prolonged sunlight so try to avoid leaving them on the back ledge of the car or in other exposed areas. A sun hat that fades can be attractive but a ceremonial hat should be allowed to retain its colour.
Panama hats are made from the fibres of the toquilla plant. In dry conditions they can become fragile, so be careful always to handle them by the brim and never by the pinch marks on the crown. These are prone to crack if handled, unless they are regularly and gently moistened with an Evian or other water spray.
Straw hats should not be thrown into swimming pools or the sea. This will cause them to lose their shape and they will require reblocking one our workshop.
If you are not familiar with hat wearing there are certain guidelines that can help, though we believe all rules are made to be broken.
For example, if you have a long face you might wish to avoid a hat with a high crown, as this will tend to elongate your features.
If you wear glasses, you should choose hats that reveal rather than hide the face, since your glasses take up much of your facial area already.
If you are tall you can more easily wear a wide brim than if you are less so..
If you have a pale complexion, go for warmer colours, rather than black or white
However, the fact is that it is your mental attitude that truly determines whether a hat suits you. If you are happy and confident in it, the chances are that it will suit you. And the more you are used to wearing hats the more styles you will be able to wear with ease.
Ask the opinion of good friends but make up your own mind, because others can be. influenced by what they would wear themselves, rather than what suits you and expresses your own personality.