Thursday, 14 November 2013

Top Hat

Following on from my last blog about Globetrotter, one day I was in our Sloane Street shop and chatting to the staff  in our formal wear department when they said that several customers had requested that we stock hat boxes for their top hats. 

Giving it some thought, I decided that Globetrotter would be the perfect maker.  

I am convinced that my fascination with Globetrotter stems from the fact that in the 1940s my Grandmother ran the luggage department of the long gone Army and Navy stores in Victoria, where you could buy anything from a suit to a garden shed and it would be dispatched to serving military personnel in the then British Empire. My Grandmother looked after the requirements of such luminaries as Winton Churchill, providing him with Globetrotter cases. 

I decided that the hat box would be made in black with grey corners reflecting morning dress kit. I then had the base of the box lined with striped morning dress trouser material and the lid with dove grey waistcoat fabric. 

With silk top hats now commanding huge prices it seems only sensible to invest in one of these handsome boxes - if only to prevent someone sitting on your extremely valuable hat and crushing it. 

Jeremy Hackett

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