Hats were once considered an everyday item, gracing the heads of the aristocracy and working class alike. But as the years passed and the appeal of headwear faded, hatmakers were pushed in a slightly more niche direction.
However, classic styles such as the beret and fedora have seen something of a revival in recent years, putting their founding labels back on the map. Meanwhile, the industry’s current obsession with everything nineties has thrust casual options such as the baseball cap and bucket hat into the limelight, with authentic streetwear brands capitalising on their current popularity.
Yet whether you prefer sophisticated and refined or contemporary and urban, the ten headwear brands below are sure to offer something that suits your needs.
① Lock & Co. Hatter
Lock & Co. Hatters is the world’s oldest hat shop, the world’s 34th oldest family-owned business and is a Royal warrant holder.
Lock & Co. is a Royal warrant holder as Hatter to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Charles, Prince of Wales
The company was founded in 1676 by Robert Davis. His son Charles continued the business and took James Lock (1731–1806) on as an apprentice in 1747. James later married Charles Davis’s only child, Mary. When Davis died in 1759, James Lock inherited the company from his former master, and the Lock family, James’s descendants, still own and run the company today. The shop has been in its current location since 1765.
The brand has a long history, and it will be a long time to introduce it. Chaplin’s Dome hat Bowler, introduced in “the Courage of the Hat,” was the first to come from Lock & Co…
If you get a chance to go to the back of the store, you can see a lot of signed wooden headwear, and many of the famous people you know, like Wang Erde, Churchill and so on, have bought or customized hats at the store. Beau Brummell, the father of modern men’s wear, also enriched his clothing warehouse with Lock’s hat.
Although Lock & Co. has also made headgear for the current Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Kate, and has made a couture (haute millinery). For the female hat since 1993, but mostly traditional male hats, in which winter hats considered the best in the world, have been awarded by Prince Charles and his father, Prince Philip.
② Christys’ London
Christys’ London, an ancient British hat brand founded by Miller Christy in 1773, Miller Christy founded his own company after his apprenticeship in Edinburgh, the only company in the world that still makes high top hats, beret hat and domed hat in a traditional way.
Compared with Lock & Co. Lock & Co. is a primarily engaged in the high-end, top-level custom (bespoke) service, small in size and limited in product line. The Christys’ is mainly factory, the product line includes middle to high grade, the scale is much larger, For more than two hundred years, many of Britain’s biggest hat factories have been merged, and it was once the world’s largest in the mid to late 19th century.
Christys has accumulated a large number of hat production experience and many unique technologies over the past 200 years, because of the large production, high quality and lower price, so there are many brands, including luxury brand hats are manufactured by Christys.