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Made in America – A Hat History or What Do Yankee Doodle and Brad Pitt Have in Common?

The Pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock were wearing hats. Hats that they, obviously, brought with them from the old country. In those days, a hat was an integral part … Continue Reading →


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My Hat Travelogue

It’s summer again.  My mind is wandering.  Summer = vacation, right?  After many years working in a hat shop, I have quite the hat collection.  I started to think about … Continue Reading →


Signes Hats

Signes European Fine Men’s Hats

  We arrived in Alicante Spain and were picked up at the airport by Jose Signes. We headed to a restaurant in a small fishing village on the Mediterranean where … Continue Reading →


The Other Hat from South America

After Panama, the second South American hat material that comes most immediately to mind is the wool and alpaca hats that we associate with the people living in Peru’s Andes Mountains. Although at The Village Hat Shop we’ve been selling Panama hats consistently throughout our thirty-year history, we have never been able to find a reliable vendor for these Peruvian hats. Until now!
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Put on a New Hat and Head Over to the Art Museum

As a younger man, when I needed to change things up/to get out of a rut, I would grab my backpack and make my way – usually with my thumb – to a wilderness area. I’m too old for that now; and, anyway, hitchhiking doesn’t cut it these days. So, in need of a new route to clearing my cluttered cranium, I put on a new hat and headed over to “Viva La Revolution”
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It’s About the Hats

Many new hats are coming. For now, new hats include 1. The Jaxon Panama Dario with Chin Cord, 2. The Montecristi Fedora, and 3. The entire collection from Beaver Brands.
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Straw Hats

There is a book – perhaps even a serious scholarly research project – waiting to be written on the rich and varied subject of straw hats.
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More Hats

My resolution this year is to refocus squarely on our products. I’ll be attending more trade shows around the world, visiting factories, adding hats and vendors to our web site.
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