Christys' London (Christy's Hats)
Christys' London (Christy's Hats)

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 The Fedora

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IT'S A CRAFT DATING BACK GENERATIONS :

 

In the USA the Fedora has become a generic term for the felted brim hat with a dented crown. Whilst Trilby tends to denote its British cousin, purists sometimes draw a distinction between the two with the Fedora sporting a broader brim snapped down at the front. The style became popular following the staging of the French play ‘Fedora’ written in 1882 for the well- known actress Sarah Bernhardt. ‘The Fedora bonnet has a pointed brim and puffed crown ...that Sarah Bernhardt brought into fashion’ quotes one paper from 1883. It was her New York performance in 1889 that seems to have finally linked the name to the hat. In the early 20th Century it took on a more masculine form, crossed the fashion divide and earned a reputation as a prohibition Gangster or G-Man’s hat – a suave look with a hint of danger that helped to secure its popularity.

 

 

 

Caring for your Felt Hats

To rid a fur or wool felt hat of dust or dirt, use a soft bristled brush and steam, such as that from a kettle (be careful!). Using medium strokes and medium pressure, brush with the grain of the hairs or fibres and repeat until clean.

To dry a felt hat – firstly use a clean absorbent cloth or sponge to remove excess dampness. Then leave at room temperature until dry.

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