The Homburg Hat £245.00
Popularised in the 1950s, the Homburg Hat is truly iconic. Made from premium, super-smooth furfelt. The ‘kettle curl’ brim is trimmed with grosgrain ribbon. The crown is finished with a classic band and Laird’s ‘signature’ bow fold. An elegant, semi-stiff hat that can be worn both as formal wear or part of an everyday modern take on a classic style. Winston Churchill was famously a historic advocate of the Homburg hat.
6cm Brim, 11cm Crown height.
A Homburg is a grand Felt Hat, in Wool Felt or Fur Felt, and is characterised by a single, split or indent running down the centre of the crown, bknow as a ‘Gutter Crown’ and a brim fixed in a tight, upwards curl or ‘Kettle Curl’. It is superficially similar to the Trilby and Fedora. However, where the Fedora and Trilby have soft, ‘snap-brim’, and multifarious designs, the Homburg is more traditionally a fixed shape.
it is perhaps most famously worn by Winston Churchill, wearing one while toting a machine gun. However, it was made fashionable by Anthony Eden in the 1950s; the dark homburgs became known as “Eden hats” among many of the clothing shops of London’s Savile Row.
In America, Dwight D. Eisenhower finished off the wearing of Top Hats, by wearing a Homburg at his inauguration in 1953 and then at his 2nd inauguration too. That hat took three months to make, dubbed the ‘International Homburg’ as hatters from 10 nations were involved in it’s construction.
The Homburg is typically made from wool or fur felt and has a Grosgrain hatband and brim treatment with an optional feather. A variant form is the “lord’s hat”, which lacks the edge ribbon, and may, optionally, be pinched at the front like a Trilby. In terms of feel, the Homburg is generally a stiff hat, though can be made in marginally softer versions.
It was popularized and brought to England, by Edward VII, after he visited Bad Homburg, in Essen, Germany, and brought back a hat of this style. It became very popular on his return and Edward VII was rarely seen without one.
Like the Trilby or Fedora, the Homburg was once quite popular and is still available in almost any color, but the most common colors are black, grey, and brown. In England, a black homburg became widely known in the 1930s as an “Anthony Eden” after the Government Minister of that name.
In terms of formality, the homburg ranks just below the Top Hat, and above the Bowler, Fedora and Trilby. It is appropriate with Black Tie, but not White Tie.
|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)
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