Made from compressed, natural ‘Sheila’ straw – once British woven by hand in the Bedfordshire villages, this is a quintessential British summer hat which has been made for centuries.
A Boater (also basher, skimmer, katie, or Sennit Hat) is a kind of hat associated with sailing and boating.
It is normally made of Sennit straw and has a stiff flat crown and brim, typically with a ribbon around the crown, which is often in colours representing a school, rowing crew or similar institution. Boaters were popular as summer headgear in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and were supposedly worn by FBI agents as a sort of unofficial uniform.
Known as the headgear at Harrow School, they are more commonly seen except at sailing or rowing events, period theatrical and musical performances (e.g. barbershop).
Being made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. In the heyday of hat wearing, “Straw Hat Day”, was the day when men switched from wearing their winter hats to their summer hats, and was seen as a sign of the beginning of summer.
The boater is a fairly formal hat, equivalent in formality to the Homburg, and is correctly worn either in its original setting with a blazer, or as a city hat for summer.
The Boater is making a comeback with the fashion conscious of London, and many are being worn around town more casually, or with summer weight suits.
Our tweed hats are wool yarn, woven together to create a luxurious cap for hunting or simply lazing in front of the fire. Among the Tweeds we stock, we include Lovat; Harris and Donegal.
To keep it in prime condition, we recommend you store in a cool and dry environment. If folding is needed, make sure the hat is folded in on itself.
If staining occurs, use steam from a kettle or a little lighter fluid (not too much) to dab dry.
If mud gets onto the cap then use a bristle hat brush to brush off once dry – important not to do when wet as this could create staining inside the yarn.
All our Tweed’s are shower proof.
|British||6 1/2||6 7/8||7 - 7 1/8||7 1/2 - 7 3/8||7 1/2|
|USA||6 7/8||7||7 1/8 - 7 1/4||7 3/8 - 7 1/2||7 5/8|
|Inches Circumference||21 1/2||22||22 ½ - 22 3/4||23 1/4 - 23 3/4||24|
Average size Male: 59cm (7 1/4) / Female: 57cm (7)
For more information on how to measure your size, please read our Measurement Guide.