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.
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
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.