Convention once meant that a hat was a gentlemanly necessity, where no second thought was given. Staid traditions of this nature are largely behind us, which has seen classical hats now wholeheartedly embraced by style conscious men. They're seeking to express their individuality and flair from a perspective of creativity rather than adhering to convention.
With a soft brim and indented crown, the fedora is synonymous with Old Hollywood. No one quite epitomised the glamour of the fedora quite so pertinently as Humphrey Bogart in the Oscar-winning film Casablanca, 1942. A resident of London since 1676, Lock & Co’s fedora hat is reminiscent of Bogart’s, except it is only offered in navy. In a time when functionality might be peeping ahead of formality you can balance the two with Laird Hatter’s crushable selection. Pack it like a beanie, but wear it in immaculate fashion – the invention might be a masterstroke. Made from premium beaver fur and completed in a satin finish, you can emulate Cody Wellema’s deep affection for classic American style from the ‘30s and ‘40s, by opting for any design from his label, The Wellema Hat Company. Despite the fedora’s style credentials, it does keep your head warm, and whatever the season or state the world is in – a well-made fedora is always an excellent hat to have resting on your hatstand.