Welcome to Autumn hatters. The warm weather has speedily departed and it’s time to hang up your cotton cap in exchange for something heavier – tweed. In addition to being an icon of traditional British country style, tweed hats have great diversity in that they are practical and can be worn smart or casual. Tweeds are moisture resistant and made to withstand a harsh climate, making them an ultra suitable material for the UK’s long, cold, and damp winter months. While we retail all types of high quality tweed hats, there are two we think you should take a closer look at:
Harris Tweed is a tweed material made and finished by the islanders of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. The famous cloth has a few defining factors – it is hand woven, dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides, carries the Harris Tweed Orb, and made from pure virgin wool. While the term ‘virgin wool’ may sound somewhat…unsettling – it simply refers to wool from a sheep’s first sheering or wool that has never been processed or woven previously. Both definitions result in a high quality and soft tweed perfect for headwear. To protect this fine material from imitation – A trademark Orb is used in all Harris Tweed products which is regulated by the Harris Tweed Authority. Every 50 metres of Harris Tweed are examined by a Harris Tweed Authority inspector prior to being hand stamped with the Orb Mark. How’s that for Quality!
Donegal Tweed is handwoven in County Donegal, Ireland. The material is manufactured with wool from local sheep and dyed with native Northern Irish Plants like gorse, fuchsia, and blackberries. The colours produces from these indigenous plants produce the distinctive flecks seen in so many Donegal Tweed hats.
Head over to Village Hats now and check out some of these great styles.