Tipping a Hat to Bates

Bates - How to Measure Your Head

After our summer hat post recently, we received correspondence from several readers asking how heads are measured for hats and whether the same measurements were used for hard and soft hats.

Chum of The Tweed Pig, Jean-Luc Guitard, General Manager of Bates Hats offers some advice:

“You measure a head size the same way, whether it is for a Panama, a felt or a bowler hat. However you fit hard-bodied head wear, such as bowlers or top hats, differently. The hats need to be shaped to fit the head, with a combination of heat, tools and steam."

See him in measuring action here:

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