... Bygone eras where artisans handmade quality creations of beautiful hats ... Choose a Beret or an Avaitor Cap instead of a beanie! The Modern Vintage range plays with authentic vintage materials, traditional craftsmanship & the charm of history for wearable headwear for today.

styles

Aviator

Aviator Style

Alpine
Can also be known as Tyrolean Hat.
As name and its alternative suggests, originates from active (sporty) Mountain culture.
Warm fibres such as tweed or felt as used in this shape. The tip of the crown a crease from front to back. The Crown walls are tapered, widening to a short brim, that is up rolled up at the back and turned down in the front.

Arctic Cap
Traditionally, goose down insulates the crown. Ears, forehead and neck are protected by flaps that can be turned up onto the crown when not used.

Avaitor

Berets
wear instead of a beanie

wear with some hair showing, angled to one side or far back on the crown to show a fringe/hairline.

 

Boater
often chosen for a dressy straw, for men and women, thus can be worn

originated in Italy by gondoliers in 1880 and immigrated to the America.  popular for two centuries with the middle class  for summer weekend headwear for dressy afternoon, evening and formal events.

known as Hat of the People, vaudeville and musical entertainers trademarked this style.  the sailing crowd, world over also took to this shape, a young Coco Chanel in her version of Breton.   by the 1950′s it had permeated popular culture as summer head wear, think Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly

 

Bowler (as known as a Derby)

considered as iconic British, think Charlie Chaplin.

made in England by the Bowler family originally in 1849 and was the first of hard rounded crown hats for gentlemen.

extremely hard: made of felt with and coated with shellac to harden.  A hand rounded crown with very short, upturned brims.

in the USA, this style is was adapted with a softer finish and known as a Derby.  It became popular with craftsmen and tradesmen due to the more flexible/comfortable fitting.

 

Cloche
wear tight fitting over head to just above the eyebrows.  A variety of short brims, one sided brims or no brim.  The feature is the skull fit of the crown – which does not mean too tight!

decorative elements range from traditional to modern to none.

“hidden meaning” that flappers in the 1920s used:  a firm knot trim indicated the wearer was married and unavailable;   an arrow-shaped ribbon indicated a single girl who was already in love with someone; and a flashy bow meant a woman was single and looking for love.

take into account any special hairstyles you might have while wearing the hat.

 

Flat
this hat has a rounded shape, a small brim and a high back.

long associated with working class men in the UK, the flat cap can be a stylish way to add interest to a casual outfit.  they can give your tired jeans and t-shirt look some unique style.

choose the more masculine flat cap over the similar, but rounder and puffier newsboy cap.

 

Fedora
traditionally a man’s necessary formal and business accessory… that looks so good on women.

soft, usually made of felt, creased lengthwise down the crown, and pinched on both sides.   so many subtle varieties that suit almost everyone, look in fittings to play with dimensions of your face to proportions of the hat.

an appropriate accent for dressier outfits – loads of style, class, confidence and a bit mysterious.

worn by Prohibition era gangsters, almost all of the movie stars of the 1940′s (and you?!)


Headpiece
never, never straight on your head.

angle at the front of head:  angle at back (with netting, perhaps):  and anywhere in between around the sides of the head.

 

Homburg
similar to the fedora:   the Homburg’s brim lacks the fedora’s pinches, and is turned up all the way around. The hat is accented with a hatband into which a feather may be stuck.

less casual than a top hat, and dressier than a fedora, the Homburg was worn by politicians and diplomats in the 20th century.

favored by the Godfather and resurrected by the likes of Snoop Dogg and Tupac, the Homburg now carries a distinctly gangster flavor.

 

Pork Pie

named for its resemblance to an actual pork pie, this hat is similar to a fedora but with a flat top instead of a pinched crown.    the brim is also shorter and turned up.

associated with the jazz, blues, and ska culture.

 

Saucers
a bit like a beret but flatter and with a definite feature (a beautiful vintage material or colour or embellishment).

wear at an angle to front side of head

 

Sun Hat
fresh day hat.

for sun protection, choose a wide brim.

for just enjoying the season on the street with a snappy step, choose a short brim, strong colour, loose enough fit and wear it low on the brow

 

Top Hat

a formal opera hat, first made of silk plush, originated in 1830. This tall hat grew so oversize that  folding springs were introduced for gentlemen’ convenience.