Classic Top Hat | £45 | Available in-store & online
Bowler HatsThe bowler hat was originally commissioned by a customer wanting to replace the top hat worn by his gamekeepers in order to protect their heads from hitting low hanging branches. It then quickly replaced the topper as the hat of choice for its sturdiness and the fact that it wouldnt blow off in the wind. It grew in popularity in the American West, sported by cowboys, rail road workers, lawmen and outlaws and was also a wardrobe staple of the working class during the Victorian era. Now in 2011 two prominent designers sent their models down the runway wearing bowlers; at Kenzo a vintage bankers uniform was brought up to date with a trouser/skirt suit, and Rag and Bone mixed Letterman team jackets with loose fitting trousers, a look influenced no doubt by East London street style. In popular culture the bowler has also graced the head of Hollywood legend Charlie Chaplin, and who could forget that white and black uniform in Stanley Kubricks Clockwork Orange?
Classic Bowler Hat | £37 | Available in-store & online
Pork Pie HatsThe pork pie hat (named after its resemblance to a pork pie) originated in the mid 19th century and became a staple of the British man about town. Often associated with jazz, blues and ska musicians in Jamaica, the hat was popularized by the 1960s rude boy subculture, which traveled to the United Kingdom and influenced the mods and skinheads way of dress. The UK version is slightly different to the American; it resembles a smaller short brimmed trilby as seen at this seasons Dolce and Gabbana show. The actor Buster Keaton made it his trademark and cartoonist Hanna Barbera used them to accessorize his characters Yogi Bear and Top Cat. With music influencing style, a pork pie hat isnt uncommonly seen on London streets and in fashion editorials. Get the look with this classic sharp blazer, shirt and brace combo.
Classic Pork Pie Hat | £37 | Available in-store & online
The TrilbyThe hat's name derives from the stage adaptation of George du Maurier's 1894 novel Trilby; a hat of this style was worn in the first London production of the play, and promptly came to be called "a Trilby hat". It is synonymous with Frank Sinatras style and remained an important headwear accessory for men throughout the 1940s, '50s and '60s, waning in popularity in the 1970s when any type of men's headwear became obsolete, and male fashion instead began focusing on highly maintained hairstyles. In more recent times, a resurgence in the trilby hat by rock and indie stars and vintage lovers has been going strong, with everyone from Pete Doherty of the Libertines to major designers like Agnes B and Issey Miyake all adopting the trilby as a smart and stylish finishing touch to an outfit.
Classic Trilby | £37 | Available in-store & online