Brief History of Hats

3200 BC

One of the first pictorial depictions of a hat appears in a Thebes tomb. A painting on the wall shows a man wearing a coolie straw hat.


70 BC

A young Danish chieftain falls into a bog to be in near perfect condition along with his pieced leather and fur cap. This is one of the earliest physical representations of hats that has been found.


50-818 AD

According to legend, St. Clement discovered felt when, as a wondering monk, he filled his sandals with carded wool to protect his feet. The moisture and pressure from walking compressed the fibers into a crude yet comfortable felt. Hatters in Ireland as well as a few other countries have celebrated him as the Patron Saint of Felt Hat Makers.


1529 AD

The word milliner, meaning a maker of hats, was first recorded in reference to the products for which Milan and the Northern Italian regions were well known (i.e. ribbons, gloves and straws). The haberdashers who imported these highly popular straws were called ‘Millaners’.


1797 AD

John Hetherington stirs a riot in the streets and earns himself a £500 fine. What did he do, you ask? He wore a top hat! It’s great height and shiny silk luster incited terror and panic.


1865 AD

John B. Stetson begins selling his “Boss of the Plains” hat, the same style he originally fashioned around a camp-fire while on a trip out West.


1875 AD

The first annual Kentucky Derby marks the largest hat fashion event in America.


January 15, 19??

While the exact year is unknown, January 15 marks the unofficial National Hat Day. Rumour states that this “holiday” was merely started by hat enthusiasts for no other reason then to celebrate their favourite hats!


April 30, 2011

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton marks a new era of women’s hats by bringing them back into the spotlight.


October 16, 2014

The Mad Hatter starts making steam punk hats and masks

Bespoke hats from my mad head to yours