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.



About the Hatter



  For as long as I can remember, I have been enamored with the style imposed by a well worn hat.  My interest in hat-making stems from my love of the fedoras of the silver screen from Hollywood's Golden Age, particularly those worn by Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart And I was always impressed by the way my stepfather wore his stingy brim fedora.  It's hard to put in to words what the right hat can do for the image of a man.

I spent the first 33 years of my life growing up in New York City and so it was there I first saw in theaters a film that would later cement my decision to get involved in hat making: Raiders of the Lost Ark.  My love of the Indiana Jones hat worn so well by Harrison Ford inspired my quest for the ultimate Raiders hat.  For over 20 years I searched in vain for a hat that would live up to my expectations.  Then in 2004 my quest finally came to a successful close when I discovered the Adventurebilt Hat Co., the brainchild of master hatter and Mississippian, Steve Delk. In Adventurebilt Hats, not only did I find the ultimate Raiders fedora, but also a friendship with a man as devoted to hats as myself. 


Through my friendship with Steve, I was quickly introduced to Marc Kitter of Adventurebilt Deluxe.  With Marc I found yet another friend as obsessed as I was with the intricate details of the Raiders hat.  After countless conversations with these gentlemen, I was inspired to start taking apart old hats and putting them back together.  And soon, with their full support, I finally decided to launch my own enterprise.  Thus, in 2008, the Penman Hat Company was born.  To Steve and Marc, I thank you again for your inspiration, support and friendship.  To my customers, my goal is to hand-make a hat for you that you will wear again and again with style and pride.



John Penman


2012 Hatty Award Winner

The Exodus Reality: Unearthing the Real History of Moses, Identifying the Pharaohs, and Examining the Exodus from Egypt  click here for your copy

I did a interview with Koop Kooper of the Cocktail Nation and you can get your own copy by clicking on the photo of the book. also check out his his site and his podcasts at www.cocktailnation.net

   The Penman hat co. is proud to announce a wonderful book about a true american hero who wore many hats in his life.

The memoir as literature is not common, and a rare treat. Once Around The Block is an adventure story, told in a unique voice, by a superb storyteller. The author weaves a narrative from a poignant childhood in Brooklyn, the mysteries of sex, humor and appreciation for every odd situation, including the unimaginable experience of the First Wave D-Day landing and the painful losses of WWII. Staff Sergeant Bernhardt Krein, New York City Firefighter "Barney" Krein, Adventure Traveler Bernie Krein tells compelling, desperate, marvelous tales of surviving and thriving in the world of the recent past.

  To buy a copy of Once Around the Block Click here


    Anthony De Longes
    Fri, Sep 21, 2012 04:18 AM - KABC

    EP Daily (Los Angeles - ABC)

    Anthony De Longis, a professional bull whiper, trained Harrison Ford in anticipation to promote the Indiana Jones Blu-ray release

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            Contact me at info@penmanhats.com or call at 971-246-1832
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    Hat shop location:  the Penman hat co.
                                            205 SE 3rd. Ave. suite 500
                                            Hillsboro, Oregon 97123 USA



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