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The History of Olney Headwear

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Olney Ladies Wax Hat
The Olney Helen fully waterproof waxed cotton hat.
Classic Tweed Flat Cap
Classic Tweed Flat Cap by Olney Headwear.

Olney Headwear Our Number One British Hat Manufacturer

Founded by Albert E Olney in 1910, Olney Headwear began by producing high quality headwear at an affordable price. The bulk of production is still done in Luton with the materials sourced from around the world. Today the company is owned and ran by the fourth generation of Olney's who still have the same values as Albert Olney did all those years ago. The range consists of both contemporary and classic styles with tweed caps being the stand out feature of the men’s range. The variety of patterns available runs into the hundreds, an incredible choice which is not available through any other manufacturer. With the exception of the ladies waxed cotton range, Olney's catalogue of styles is predominately masculine but of course fedora hats and flat caps are being worn more by both sexes.

A Range of Hats That is Full of Quality & Classic Styling

The collection of country flat caps is second to none. Every cap is made from 100% pure new wool; they are Teflon coated to add some water resistance to the wool. Although you will find numerous patterns they are all based around 3 very successful flat cap shapes, the classic Hereford flat cap, a narrow and shallow fitting cap with a stitched down peak. The Kinloch flat cap, again a classic narrow shape but with a deeper fit than the Hereford also with a stitched down peak. Lastly the Bond cap, a wide cap with a shallow fit and a snap down peak. There are of course other shapes including a newsboy cap offered in multiple patterns, baseball caps & a few variations to the original 3 styles. The Hereford, Kinloch & Bond have been part of Olney's collection for decades. Classic country flat caps that fit perfectly, available in the traditional hat sizing to ensure a great fit. If you are looking for a country cap then you would not need to look any further than these 3 caps.

Alongside the tweed cap range, Olney manufacture a superb range of tweed and fur felt hats from Classic fedoras, trilby hats, Sherlock hats to the deerstalker. The crushable fur felt hat has been one of our bestsellers for over ten years, a classic downward sloping fedora which is fully crushable with a ribbon hat band. They replicate these wonderful styles in their summer collection. Genuine panama hats that retail between £55 and £80 are hard to find especially at the same high level of quality that Olney offer. Again they have 5-6 styles which cover the most sought after shapes. A wide snap brim, a downward sloping brim with a high crown, a pre shaped snap brim trilby hat and a roll-able panama. A variety of hat bands are available to add a bit of colour choice the hats. Olney import the hand-woven panama hoods and they are then blocked (shaped) by Olney in Luton and trimmed for retail.

The ladies wax hat range just stands head and shoulders above all other wax hats. Fully waterproof and made from 100% waxed cotton these hats will keep you dry and thanks to a fleece lining they keep your head snug and warm too. They produce new styles every year which sell out, the choice is just incredible. We get fantastic feedback from customers who usually purchase a couple of hats as they just can't decide on one style and colour. There really is a style for every face shape, narrow gentle brims to wide structured shapes with wide crowns.

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