History of Straw hats & Felt
hats - Dobbs hats
Inc. is a leading hatmaker of western hats
and the maker of the Dobbs dress hats line. The
company's history dates back to
the 1930's or prior when the company name was Hat Corporation
of American and they were located at 417 Fifth Avenue, New
The Dobbs label and name represent the finest quality
and they continue to manufacture both felt and straw dress
hats. A hat made from shantung straw is a commercial
American term for glazed manmade paper yarn made in Japan and handwoven
in China, or any hat made from Shantung yarn.
Classic hat styles include the fedora, and homburg. The
fedora was common in the 1940s when newsmen stuck their
press cards in the
This style was revived on Wall Street during the 1980s. When you think Homburg, think Winston Churchill.
Dwight David Eisenhower wore a homburg to his 1953 inauguration.
Up to 1960, men wore dress hats as a matter of
course. After 1960, although dress hats fell on tougher times,
there was always a hard core of hat wearers, mostly city people,
went away. Certain well-dressed and confident men have refused to
take their lids off. Additionally, felt hats with snap brims made
in the early 1980s.
It shouldn't be forgotten that hats not only express the wearer's
style but also keep his head dry and warm in the winter and cool
in the summer. Nothing can switch up a man's look like a dress hat.
The right one is icing on the cake, giving the most plain-suited,
a sophisticated, urbane flavor.