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Our Heritage Collection is handcrafted at our original factory in Adamstown, PA, where our hats were made when the company began in 1895. Founded in 1868, they are America’s oldest hat maker. Their long and proud heritage carries on today as a testimony to the vision, perseverance, and hard work of generations. Located in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, they manufactures wool felt, fur felt, and straw hats. More importantly, they are an employee-owned company, where employees have an invested interest and own a percentage of the factory. There are 3rd and 4th generation employees whose parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles have worked their entire lives at the hat factory.
Wellington, New Zealand
Our relationship with our friends in New Zealand is extremely collaborative. Their passion for perfection creates a production standard where classics can only be hand crafted with such antiquated machinery and blocks. Machinery found at Hills Hats crosses into the footwear industry and is from an era when goods were built to last. On any given day at their factory you can spot naked gas flames and the sound of steam, harkening back to turn of the century hat making.
New Zealand is a world leader in Health and Safety which continuously advances the workplace standards, which Hills Hats embraces. The staff at this hat maker is all hands-on deck – being a part of discussions around quality, media, and adventure.
Fall River, MA
Our American Made straws are made by a fourth-generation family owned business that was started in 1919 by Master Hatter, Jacob Korber. The factory specializes in all types of straws and felt headwear both for men and ladies. They are known in the hat world for their craftsmanship and quality of their Panama straw hats. As one of the last standing hat factories in the US we have partnered with this factory to hand-block the finest American Made and Panama straw hats. For our Panama Collection, we work with Ecuadorian businesses to hand weave toquilla straw for our hats. From there, we ship the straw to our American Made Straw factory, which uses the best technology with old world techniques to hand-block and give each hat the perfect finish.
Working with major markets in the US and Europe has afforded our partners in Shanghai multiple design teams and a research facility. Known throughout the industry for innovation; their R&D teams continue to raise the bar by experimenting with new machinery, new washes, and printing techniques. We are proud to partner with them to create our boldest colors, textures, and patterns.
The roots of this multi-generational family business trace back to the 1700’s as America prepared to secure its freedom in the Revolutionary War. The builders of this factory were pioneers in harnessing steam power for wool felt hat making. The factory was built on the shoulders of hard work and fine craftsmanship – which is why we make our authentic American blocked felts in westerns, fedoras and rugged outdoor styles.
Goorin Bros. has been proudly producing hats in Newark, NJ since the 1950’s and is currently one of the very last cut and sew factories remaining in America. Predominantly known for its production of high-quality cut & sew hats, our factory continues to experiment with expanding our range of cut & sew goods, as well as perfecting alternative methods of production, including the blocking of fine felts and straws, trims and embroidery. Our “laboratory” is located within the neighborhoods of the historic Ironbound district; built New Jersey tough.
We make many of our signature quality felt and straw hats in Texas. The expert Hatmakers are known for its exclusive bodies, authentic Western Hats, weave patterns, genuine leather bands, special finishes, and trimmings.