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A list of Australian labels serving the best summer hats

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WORDS BY LEEANN BUSHNAQ

Caps, bucket hats, wide brims and more.

Finding the final touch to our outfits can often leave us stumped. Luckily, the answer might be as simple as adding a hat into the mix. Aside from aesthetics, hats are a summertime essential to protect us from Australia’s harsh UV levels, and there are plenty of local options right on our doorstep. 


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These local brands are providing us with a selection of styles that include spray-painted caps, faux fur bucket hats and headwear made from discarded materials. They’re also (predominantly) sustainably producing their hats, so we can shop more consciously. Below is an ever-growing list of some of our favourite local hat brands. 

Ocray44

Much loved for its DIY aesthetic, Ocray44 creates caps with eyecatching floral designs. The brand was created in the spur of the moment after founder Zoe Crow realised she didn’t own any caps she liked and experimented with bleach designs on one she found lying around her house. The brand remains dedicated to local, handmade production ensuring that no two caps are the same. 

ocray44.bigcartel.com 

Will and Bear

Will and Bear is in the business of doing good business. The label creates practical, understated and quality hats that are fit to withstand the full spectrum of Australia’s unpredictable weather. Ranging from wool and straw wide-brimmed hats to bucket hats, beanies and caps, nobody is left behind. With a commitment to sustainability, each hat is produced using natural, biodegradable and recycled fibres. And, for each hat sold, the brand vows to plant 10 trees on African soil. 

willandbear.com 

Die Horny

 

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Die Horny is a Naarm-based label founded by designer Neo Frost. Beginning as a music project, Die Horny naturally evolved into a clothing brand. The brand promotes the beauty of the unconventional by covering caps with patchwork, bleach and freehand embroidery. Plus, each cap is ethically made with a focus on using locally sourced, secondhand or deadstock materials and transforming them into eccentric pieces. 

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Lack of Color

Lack of Color certainly isn’t lacking in colour or designs. The label puts innovation at the forefront of its designs and its headwear is designed and finished in Australia and manufactured globally in a transparent supply chain that supports the ethical treatment of workers and the use of sustainable, responsibly sourced materials. 

lackofcolor.com.au 

Ge Label

 

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Whatever material you’re looking for, Ge Label has you covered with its cotton, deadstock wool, faux fur, and Tyvek bucket and brimmed hats. The label’s hats are handcrafted in Victoria and many of them are 100 per cent vegan friendly. Its hats come in two sizes, allowing for a snug or roomy fit depending on your needs. 

gelabel.com 

Topi Time

Topi Time guarantees “unique hats and accessories from materials that don’t cost the earth”. It does just that by rehoming deadstock, curtains and towels in its production. If you’re looking to upgrade your hat collection for the warmer months with a cute yet bold look, Topi Time’s sunhats and bucket hats should get the ball rolling. Sustainability is at the heart of its operations and the brand contributes to planting native forests in Australia and New Zealand for each hat sold, made possible by Greenfleet

topitime.com

Poms

 

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Poms’ eyewear and jewellery has been seen on some very notable individuals in its 10 years of existence. But now, head designer Adriana Giuffrida wishes to relive her memories of family, textile markets and travel. Returning to her roots, she’s created a knitwear range featuring two signature crochet cloche hats with glass bead detailing. Poms’ hats are individually handcrafted in Naarm, making each hat 100 per cent unique and long-lasting. A true win for slow fashion. 

pomspoms.com.au 

Akubra

Looking for a brand that has you covered for camping, beach trips and everything in between? Then set your sights on an Akubra hat. Akubra’s range is extensive, with felt and straw hats coming in all shapes and sizes. The brand makes hats with subtle tones – picture soft greys and creamy beiges. The best part? Akubra’s hats are wholly Australian-made and approved by Ethical Clothing Australia, so all the labour is fair and safe. 

akubra.com.au 

Ka-he

Melbourne/Berlin-based label Ka-he explores the possibilities of reusing and recycling waste in hat production. Using leftover fabrics to minimise textile waste, the label creates minimalist hats that fit neatly with the rest of its designs. Its practice of repurposing fabrics and making hats to order limits the brand’s waste output and creates a cycle of sustainable creation. Plus, this way you get a custom made hat made based on your size preferences. 

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Holiday

If your top priority is finding your go-to beach hat, then may I suggest Holiday The Label? Founded by Sydney-sider Emma Mulholland, Holiday’s hats capture the vacation nostalgia we’re all feeling right now through its simple ’80s and ’90s inspired designs. The brand has dreamt up a range of checkered and wavy patterns and embroidered caps without losing its laidback touch.  

holidaythelabel.com

Hattie Molloy

Local florist Hattie Molloy injects a playful sensibility into her range of caps. The brand’s hats are an adjustable, one-size-fits-most offering, available in five colourways – lavender, mushroom, dirt, pumpkin and lawn. Embroidered locally in Melbourne, these caps are currently sold out but keep your eyes peeled (and your fingers crossed) for a restock.

hattiemolloy.com.au

P.A.M

If you’re trying to go understated with your hat choice, P.A.M is your best bet. Featuring bucket hats, caps and beanies from P.A.M and its curated selection of brands including Wtaps and Affix, there’s plenty of range to enjoy.

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