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The Birth of a Hat: Fedora

There are not many hats out there that have such a long and storied history than the fedora. fedoraOrigins: The hat has become synonymous with the image of a 1930’s gangster. While the 1930’s gangster did a great deal to influence the public image of the hat they were not its inventor. That distinction belongs to Sarah Bernhardt who starred in a play aptly named “Fedora” in which she wore in 1889 when the play was adapted and performed. Bernhardt’s popularity helped the hat become an integral part of the female wardrobe of the 19th century and beyond. The fedora’s flexible nature that allowed it to be bent, curled, shaped and dented to the wearer’s liking symbolized the wearer’s aversion to the conformity of society. People were clamoring to create their own unique fashion sense. The fedora hat rose in popularity primarily due to the rise of the 1930’s gangster. The gangster was not alone in glorifying this hat type. With the help of Hollywood and the music industry the fedora hat rose to heights it had never seen before. Characters like Indiana Jones popularized the fedora in the movies and it is actually one of his most iconic accessories. Musical superstars like Michael Jackson also helped take the fedora to new heights. fedoraStyles The fedora hat is available today in some many unique and fashionable designs and colors. These hats are available in a wide variety of different modern styles including animal print, denim, felt, glitter, and solid fedoras in a variety of colors. The fedora has changed very little style wise over its lifetime and we believe it will always be a timeless and classic hat style. A vented straw or wool fedora is one of the finest fedoras on the market offering the wearer a fashionable, sometimes dressy style, while at the same time providing a comfortable breathable experience. Each fedora has a personality all its own and no two hats are exactly alike. An often overlooked accessory however is the hat band. The right hat band can make or break a fedora. There are so many different types to choose from, and there is one out there distinctly designed to match your unique personal style. No matter what style you choose there is no doubt a fedora can get help you achieve that distinct personal style that makes you, you. Antique_Clock_Face  The Future... The fedora has experienced a massive resurgence in the past few years. The hat style is steadily gaining back the popularity that it once enjoyed. While the gangsters of the 1930’s initially popularized this hat, the time of the gangster has come and gone. However, new passionate hat lovers have kept the fedora alive. The king of pop Michael Jackson kept the fedora in the limelight during his career and the most iconic images of him include him wearing one. Current musical artists like Bruno Mars and actors like Johnny Depp and Justin Timberlake are helping the hat make its way back the forefront of fashion. The fedora hat is becoming a bigger and bigger part of modern fashion with each passing day. The modern day fedora has kept the iconic style intact but new specialty novelty versions including sequin, glitter, floral pattern, and special holiday designs have been added to the mix. No matter what design you choose, the fact remains that the fedora is one of those timeless hats that will continue to be a huge player in the hat world for the foreseeable future. We show respect to the fedora, both where it came from and where it is going. With its high quality look and construction, form and function meet to create one of the most famous and iconic hat styles. red-heart-1362916005N5ZShow Your Hat Some Love How do I care for my hat? That is a question that we receive daily. Taking care of your fedora is so important in maintaining the integrity of the material as well as keeping you looking great. It is important to use a soft brush when cleaning your fedora and always hand wash it. You can use a lint roller to remove lint and dust and be sure to use gentle brush strokes when cleaning your hat to avoid misshaping your hat. There are powdered options available so that you can take care of oily stains. You can use a solution of vinegar and water to remove unsightly sweat stains off of your hat. By using these tips as well as the ones listed below you can help keep your hat pristine long beyond its years. Show your hat that you care.   Here are some additional common hat care tips:
  • Every hat will develop its own personality and style with time. Small marks on the hat are all part of the hats life cycle and only add to its authenticity.
  • All hats can be treated with a waterproof spray if necessary
  • Some hats might shrink if they are exposed to high heat, or left out exposed to sunlight
  • A stiff brim allows your hat to be shape the way that you would like, but some hats feature a flexible brim that allows the hat to be crushed.
  • If you do not have a hat form place the hat on a bowl while it dries to keep its form.
  • The dishwasher is another viable option for washing a hat but can sometimes fade the colors of the hat,
  • Dry cleaning is also a cheap and effective way to keep your hat clean
  • If you are completely lost about hat care check the tag to find washing instructions
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