Hats UK

I found a cool site this morning, Hats UK from the publishers of Hat Magazine. Don’t let the name dissuade you; they cover more than just hats in the United Kingdom. For example, they have a whole section on the sizing and manufacturing of hats as well as a hat glossary. They also have a forum. The downside of the forum is a talking advertising mast; jeez I hate those things. If you’re looking to source materials, factories or a designer, they even have a global hat directory. Lastly, one of the best ways to rate the integrity of a site is how many off-site competing links they post and this one scores very highly in that regard. They have a comprehensive list of web sites regarding the manufacture, sale and business of hats.

While you wouldn’t describe Hats UK as heavily trafficked -they boast in excess of 800 hits per week– it’s a great site. I say we all pay them a visit and quadruple their site traffic for the month. Really, it’s a charming site. I’ve often thought it a pity that people have stopped wearing hats. A great hat can really make an outfit.

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7 comments

  1. joni says:

    I remember,as a very little person, my Grandmother teaching millinery…I was always welcome to play among the women working so carefully.(late 50’s and early 60’s) I was taught to make fancy little flowers that looked real – but today I can’t recall much of the process. Hats have always intrigued me and finding this site is very inspirational!
    Thank you Kathleen for an extra smile today.

  2. Judith says:

    I love hats I have about 10 vintage ones from the 30’s to the 50’s. I also have some vintage ones that Iam going to sell. I have one that I have to repair the netting on it. It is a very Leslie Caron school girl hat. I dont know how Iam going to fix this hat. Hats have always intrigued me to. I loved it when the hats made a bit of a come back in the 80’s.
    Thank you Kathleen for posting this.

  3. Josh says:

    I love hats too, especially fedoras but I don’t have the face for hats. As Jess tells me when I put on a hat “You look like you’re trying to wear a hat, you look stupid, take it off!” Maybe I just haven’t found the right hat?

  4. Thomas Cunningham says:

    in almost every culture in the world hats are an essential part of the daily dress — in the U.S. and Europe they have fallen out of favor for some reason. Except for the ubiquitous baseball cap.

    The fur-felt hat — warm in winter, cooling in summer, is one of the best technological developments of the human race, in my opinion. Interestingly enough, old-line farmers like the Amish and Mennonites still wear brimmed hats constantly — and I’ve heard theories that they have lower incidence of cancer as a result.

    Beacon, where I live, was once central to the U.S. ladies hat trade — now there is an annual hat parade you can see pics at http://beacon.blogs.com/photos/beacon_hat_parade_2006/ They even give a price for the best hat, I believe.

    But my favorite part of the parade are civil war re-enactors in their Zouave uniforms — now that’s a great little manufacturing business — I gather most of the uniforms are made-to-order from somewhere in Maryland or Deleware.

    And, yes, I do wear a hat occasionally, but I resolve now to wear more often.

  5. Susan Claire says:

    I wear hats, always have. Nowadays, I mainly wear them for sun protection so they are wide brimmed ones.

    For the past year I have been pretty much wearing the same hat every day, this one
    :http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/48072071.htm
    A friend picked it out, I would not have, but it turned out to be a great hat.

    In the summer, I often tie a silk scarf around the crown tpo make it more coordinated with what I am wearing. In the winter, I completely covered it with one of those magic scarves to keep the wind, snow and cold out. I got a lot of “yo Girl, Ya hat!” comments ;-)

    Its so very comfortable sometimes I forget I am wearing it, like when I walked into a pool in Vegas with it still on my head! Luckily it floated and wasn’t destroyed.

    I think everyone could wear a hat, its just the question of finding the right one.

    Thanks for posting the Hat site, Kathleen!

  6. Carol says:

    I’m a millinery student in New York City – obviously someone so in love with hats that I’m finally learning to make them. Thank you for the link!

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