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Every hand-made Penman hat I deliver uses only the finest quality materials. Many detailed hours of craftsmanship go into the making of each and every hat, using only 100% pure beaver or pure rabbit felts. Every hat has a vegetable-tanned sheepskin leather sweatband, a satin liner, and a grosgrain hat ribbon, each piece carefully sewn in by hand. Although not specifically designed to be worn in the rain, Penman hats will stand up beautifully when caught in the elements and continue to give you the sleek look you desire. With every order I receive, I strive to produce hats that are both comfortable and elegant. Every Penman hat is 100% custom-made to provide a perfect fit for every individual.
My hats are made in the tradition of the master hatters from the Golden Era using the best of old world tools and techniques. I start with a raw body that gets pulled over a wooden block, where it sits on the block until completely dry. The brim gets cut down and the hat is then sanded down (a process called pouncing). This achieves a finish as smooth as any you will ever find. The hat is then cleaned after the pouncing and gets a few coats of water protection. Once the hat is dry it is flanged to give the brim a shapely curl. Finally I sew in the sweatband, ribbon, and liner, all completely by hand. Upon request, I can style the hat for you or leave it open-crowned.
I am pleased to offer a wide range of felt colors to choose from, as well as different sizes and colors of ribbon. I am on a constant quest for vintage ribbon so these are always available in limited quantities. Please check with me before ordering to find what I currently have in stock.