The stories of Lock & Co hatters

February 12th 2016

Horatio Nelson first walked into Lock & Co hatters in November 1800. He had just returned from the Mediterranean, and came into the St James’s Street store to order a cocked hat and cockade. The two-cornered style – the same...

The stories of Lock & Co hatters

  Horatio Nelson first walked into Lock & Co hatters in November 1800. He had just returned from the Mediterranean, and came into the St James’s Street store to order a cocked hat and cockade. The two-cornered sty...

HatsFebruary 12th 2016

Eggert – Icelandic fur

January 6th 2014

I have never been a big fan of fur. Not for any ethical reason, but simply because I have rarely found pieces that are subtle enough to appeal to me. The lambskin coat above, before you raise a quizzical eyebrow, does not count as subtle either. But ...

Eggert – Icelandic fur

I have never been a big fan of fur. Not for any ethical reason, but simply because I have rarely found pieces that are subtle enough to appeal to me. The lambskin coat above, before you raise a quizzical eyebrow, does no...

Casual clothing - HatsJanuary 6th 2014

Men’s hats for winter

January 3rd 2014

A reader recently asked me what hat I wear during the winter. It breaks down into three options: The trilby A ‘proper hat’, as many people seem to refer to it, a trilby or fedora is the default option with tailoring. I have worn Christy&r...

Men’s hats for winter

A reader recently asked me what hat I wear during the winter. It breaks down into three options: The trilby A ‘proper hat’, as many people seem to refer to it, a trilby or fedora is the default option with tailoring....

HatsJanuary 3rd 2014

How to buy a quality panama

July 12th 2013

A well-made panama hat is an exquisite creation. Crafted from fine, closely woven straw, it is soft, cool and breathable, yet structured enough to hold an elegant shape. It is simple and supple – the result of one of the most delicate skills in...

How to buy a quality panama

A well-made panama hat is an exquisite creation. Crafted from fine, closely woven straw, it is soft, cool and breathable, yet structured enough to hold an elegant shape. It is simple and supple – the result of one of t...

HatsJuly 12th 2013

Final panama hat from Brent Black

April 1st 2013

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Final panama hat from Brent Black

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HatsApril 1st 2013

Christys’ hat video

December 28th 2012

Following yesterday’s post on my visit to Christys, to see the making of a fedora, here is a video made last year by Christys showing the same process with a little more movement (and a thumping beat).

Christys’ hat video

Following yesterday’s post on my visit to Christys, to see the making of a fedora, here is a video made last year by Christys showing the same process with a little more movement (and a thumping beat)....

HatsDecember 28th 2012

How a felt hat is made: Christys’ factory visitc

December 27th 2012

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How a felt hat is made: Christys’ factory visitc

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HatsDecember 27th 2012

Christys’ hats, Witney

December 21st 2012

Christys is one of a handful of hat makers left in the UK. It supplies Lock & Co and Bates (neither of whom make their own hats) as well as having its own label. For much of its history Christys was the largest hat maker in the UK, with over...

Christys’ hats, Witney

Christys is one of a handful of hat makers left in the UK. It supplies Lock & Co and Bates (neither of whom make their own hats) as well as having its own label. For much of its history Christys was the largest hat ...

HatsDecember 21st 2012

How panama hats are made

August 24th 2012

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How panama hats are made

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HatsAugust 24th 2012

Brent Black panama hats

August 17th 2012

I completely understand that the amount of money spent on handmade accessories can seem extravagant. Several people made comments along those lines regarding my Alfred Dunhill glasses case a few months ago. But if you have pursued a policy of investi...

Brent Black panama hats

I completely understand that the amount of money spent on handmade accessories can seem extravagant. Several people made comments along those lines regarding my Alfred Dunhill glasses case a few months ago. But if you ha...

HatsAugust 17th 2012

A Borsalino from Lock & Co – my second hat

November 29th 2011

I’ve had my first proper hat – the brown Voyager from Lock & Co written about here – for over a two years now and it’s been worn pretty intensively. Indeed, it could probably do with a re-blocking at some point. That ...

A Borsalino from Lock & Co – my second hat

I’ve had my first proper hat – the brown Voyager from Lock & Co written about here – for over a two years now and it’s been worn pretty intensively. Indeed, it could probably do with a re-blocking at some po...

HatsNovember 29th 2011

Persian lamb collars and hats

January 3rd 2011

With that coat, she should ask him in Esquire, February 1936: “The point is, it isn’t every guy can get a coat with a fur collar, from which we argue that it isn’t every gal can get a guy with a fur collared coat so we w...

Persian lamb collars and hats

With that coat, she should ask him in Esquire, February 1936: “The point is, it isn’t every guy can get a coat with a fur collar, from which we argue that it isn’t every gal can get a guy with a fur col...

Hats - January 3rd 2011

Of Homburgs, topcoats and fawn gloves

October 22nd 2010

Something we predicted a year ago Esquire, March 1935: “In the March issue for 1934, we introduced the black Homburg to this country. We said then that it was an established English tradition, having already enjoyed, at that time, a London ...

Of Homburgs, topcoats and fawn gloves

Something we predicted a year ago Esquire, March 1935: “In the March issue for 1934, we introduced the black Homburg to this country. We said then that it was an established English tradition, having already enjoye...

Coats - Hanks and scarvesOctober 22nd 2010

The rules and how to break them 2: Brown in town

September 19th 2008

Rule 2: Do not wear brown in town. It’s worth repeating my maxim from the first instalment in this series: “Rules are there for a reason, but there is nothing wrong with breaking them. These statements are not contradictory. Once you unde...

The rules and how to break them 2: Brown in town

Rule 2: Do not wear brown in town. It’s worth repeating my maxim from the first instalment in this series: “Rules are there for a reason, but there is nothing wrong with breaking them. These statements are not contra...

Hats - ShoesSeptember 19th 2008