11 Hats to See You Through to Spring

You'd be hard pushed to find me out and about without some kind of lid on this time of the year. Which is a good excuse to spunk fifty odd quid on this years smartest bonce warmers.
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You'd be hard pushed to find me out and about without some kind of lid on this time of the year. Which is a good excuse to spunk fifty odd quid on this years smartest bonce warmers.

ARTESANIA

in Alpaca wool and lined in fleece, hand made in Bolivia using the cottage industry and nothing but all natural fibres. I bought this from a woman in Peterborough who brought it back from a whole foods store in New York. This is probably the most unobtainable hat here but you should be able to find one on ebay.

HERITAGE RESEARCH

Watch cap in Oatmeal and Navy Marl with lots of lovely speckly bits from superb British brand Heritage Research. Hand loomed in Scotland from local wool, this makes me feel a bit like Captain Oates at Terra Nova.£50 from Oi Polloi and Peggs and Son.

BENETTON

I picked this up from the store near Oxford Circus, they had a selection of colours, navy, green, black, grey and red if I remember rightly, a nice ribbed wool hat for a very reasonable price. £12 from Benetton.

BARBOUR

Tyne tweed bobble hat, made from Shetland wool; old reliable Barbour have done a sterling job with this toasty heavyweight ribbed hat with a massive bobble. £29 from Shed Menswear.

PENFIELD

Classic Agawan trapper hat from Penfield, a superb tweed checked hat with fold down ear protection in corduroy, with adjustable chin strap. Cord and tweed, like rice and peas and sea and sand, are meant to be together. £39 from Hanon Shop.

SAINT JAMES

Made from tightly woven 'windproof' wool, available in black and red stripes or plain red if you want to look a bit like Steve Zissou, Jacques Cousteau or Marvin Gaye. £25 from Saint James.

THE CASUAL CONNOISSEUR

The Weir bobble hat takes it's name from Scottish broadcaster/bobble hat endorser Tom Weir, this years limited edition hat sold out within 24 hours, as did the next version. Luckily there's several new colours out now. £20 from The Casual Connoisseur.

CHRISTY'S

Two looks for the price of one here from original hat pioneers Christy's.Aa bucket hat in reversible cotton and moleskin, coming in a dark olive on one side and a dapper country check on t'other.£19 from Not Addicted.

BLACKBIRD

Blackbird's Bird boy hat, a tightly ribbed cap as they say over the water, is a replica of the one worn by the real Bird Boy of Ballard. Who's not actually real. With a removable Bird Boy pin badge and poem on the satin ribbon, suave. $24 available from Blackbird.

NORSE PROJECTS

100% wool beanie with woven label from Copenhagen's finest cool viking folk, they've done loads of these in different plain colours, non branded ones and contrasting striped ones, mega. £35 available from Norse Store

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