The Rich History of the Bowler Hat
The history of the bowler and derby hat can be traced back to the 19th century. A certain Mr. Edward Coke ordered a custom hat from the James Locke & Co. company in London, England. Mr. Coke needed a hat better suited to hunt on horseback, with a low profile and a hard shell. The fashion spread like wildfire, fast becoming a symbol of social mobility that spread to the four corners of the world.
Bowlers and derby hats set themselves over time as symbols of respectability and social standing. In works of fiction, bowler hats and derbys have long been used to give characters an aura of British style and demeanor.
The Top Hat: A True Symbol of the Victorian Era
Top hats have long been associated with the most solemn and prestigious events. In show business, the impressive proportions of the top hat make it the center of attention, a perfect accessory that confers a ring leader or a master of ceremony presence and prestige.
Marlene Dietrich, the famous actress, was know for cross-dressing and breaking conventions when dressing in formal wear In the Morocco (1930) motion picture, she entered into the legend, wearing a tuxedo and da top hat, charming en and women alike.
American Hat Makers: Top and Steampunk Hats
If you are looking to add a dash of fantasy to your outfits, or simply to put the cherry on top of your carefully crafted Steampunk cosplay, American Hat Makers have just the right kind of hat for you! Their richly decorated, high-quality leather top hats inspired from rich creative universes, taking influence from steampunk literature, western, rockabilly and burlesque influences. Let there be no doubt, women’s leather top hats from American Hats will leave no one indifferent!
How to Care for my Bowler, Derby or Top Hat?
Bowlers, Derbys and Top Hats require expert care. If your hat is soiled, misshapen or damaged, please bring it to Henri Henri, Canada’s oldest hat store, for expert advice on how best to put your hat back into shape. feel free to contact us or to simply come to us with your hat in hand and ask one of our expert hatters for information about our cleaning/reblocking service for felt hats.