Tough guys wear hats

Back in the day, every guy in America wore hats.  They were as much a part of a man’s wardrobe as his coat or tie.  I am reading David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize winning biography of Truman and McCullough said Truman would not leave the house without a hat. 

Strangely, in probably the most famous photo ever of Truman, he is not wearing a hat. Most American men no longer wear hats.  Wait you say, men wear hats all the time in this country.  They wear Yankee hats, Sox hats, even Mariners hats.  Ok so not many people wear Mariner’s hats.  But those aren’t hats, those are caps.  I am talking hats: Homburgs, Fedoras, Cowboy hats.  Thankfully there are lots of hats that are still made by members of our extended American family.

Stitch Hats

Made in New York City, Stitch Hats have a wide range of very hip hats.  My favorite Stitch is the Homburg


Stetson has been making hats in this country since 1863.  My favorite Stetson is their classic cowboy hat, the Rainier

Bollman Hat

The Bollman Hat company is owned by its employees.  Here is a great photo of the Bollman family in front of their factory in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. 

Thirteen Bollman employees have been making hats at the firm for over fifty years!  One of the most famous Bollman brands is Belfry; Bogart is wearing a Belfry in the lead photo to this post.  My favorite Bollman is a Belfry, the Belfry Gangster


Henschel hats has been making hats in St. Louis, Missouri since 1947.  Henschel makes a wide range of hats, but my favorite is their Porkpie 

So no matter what style you fancy, there is an American made hat to fit the bill.  Just know that under no circumstances will you look as tough as Bogart, hat or no hat.  Don’t worry it’s not just you; nobody can look as tough as Bogart.

About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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5 Responses to Tough guys wear hats

  1. Jean Heagy says:

    Your emails are TERRIFIC. I send them to everyone and have gotten such positive feedback. Keep it up. And I’m buying my husband a hat!!!

    • tapirking says:

      Jean: Thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate you spreading the Made in America message. Together, just by substituting American products for foreign products, we can create a lot of jobs for the currently unemployed members of our extended American family. Thanks again, John.

  2. I would love to talk with you! I am the owner of a new 100% American Made Clothing and accessory line by the name of Over Under Clothing. We focus on using only cotton and leather that is “grown and sewn” within our own shores, and partnering with American manufacturing companies to produce our goods. We are a traditional style company making fine quality belts, dog collars, wallets, tee-shirts, and soon to be available polo’s amongst other products. Our core belief is that we can make fine, traditional clothing and accessories that are just as good if not better than the foreign competition and we are committed to “giving back” to non-profits while doing so. We love what you stand for, your blog and we would love to get involved somehow.


    Bryan D. Horn

  3. Hatwearer says:

    Watch out for Henschel hats. Some are still “Made in USA” but many are “Made in China”. Call them first to determine if the style you want is made here or in China.

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