Felt hat

Felt hat for men and women

A felt hat is a choice between two qualities: hair or wool.

Wool felt hats are made from sheep's wool, while hair felt hats are made from rabbit hair.

Wool felt hats are often non-waterproof, but the vitafelt manufacturing process makes them waterproof. This is not the case for hair felt hats, which were originally waterproof.

A quick reminder about felt: it's a material made from an amalgam of non-woven fibers, and is thought to be one of mankind's oldest materials!

What are the differences between wool felt and hair felt ? Find out in our article!

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The felt hat; your winter companion

Felt gives both class and elegance. These legendary hats are mainly made of felt hair or wool but also for the very high end in beaver hair. The latter is appreciated for its comfort and resistance to rain as well as its unique touch. One will prefer a rabbit hair hat or vitafelt for the rain.

Many shapes of felt hat

All forms of headgear are available in felt: cap, top hat, melon, trilby, felt floppy hat, fedora. The Traclet hat shop has selected the most beautiful brands, including Flechet, Crambes, Stetson, Borsalino and the Traclet brand, which manufactures quality felts in its workshops in France and Italy. From the most modern to the most classic, you will find the felt chef's hat you are looking for

The Felt hat woman and man

The origin of felt is very old, it would go back to prehistory. As early as antiquity, the Greek petase, a round felt hat, was a very common headgear. Later, Mongolian nomads already used felt to make their yurts, but also their clothes, shoes, and of course their hats. It was highly appreciated for its insulating and waterproof qualities. The manufacture, although mechanized today, has remained more or less the same since the 14th centuryth century. It was at this same time that the profession of hatter was officially recognised.

Felt is made from non-woven vegetable (sheep or goat wool) or animal (rabbit, lamb, beaver) fibres.

What are the different stages in the manufacture of a felt hat?

First of all, clean the wool and then mix it at a high temperature. The wool is then carded, i.e. combed, to obtain a veil which is then wrapped around a double cone to obtain two bells which will be felted, sprayed and compressed to solidify the raw material. The two bells must be of similar thickness before being felted again. Dyeing precedes the felting process, which stretches the felt to its final size. After sanding with sandpaper to remove all the roughness, the work of pampering, i.e. shaping, can begin

How do you care for your felt hat?

If you do not wear your hat daily, it is best to keep it in a closed box to protect it from dust and unfortunate incidents (such as heavy objects being placed on your hat). It is advisable to store it upside down on the cap in order to avoid deformations

To clean your hat, it is preferable to use a brush (hat or clothes), taking care to rub in a counter-clockwise direction so as not to damage the fibres. You can also use a damp sponge and rub gently

Waterproofing your felt hat will allow you to keep it longer

Our range of women's felt hats and men's felt hats

You will find on our "felt hats" page, more than 600 products in hair and wool with no less than 14 different colours. From classic black, brown, grey to softer colours like beige or more dashing colours like red, you will be spoilt for choice. This very trendy hat comes in 19 different shapes including

  • The hat's off,
  • The beret,
  • The floppy hat,
  • The cap,
  • The cowboy hat ...

Chic and casual models for all occasions, more or less worked to satisfy everyone's tastes. And, as always, many new products, including the red women's felt hat with a bell shape and a very feminine 1930's style from the Traclet brand. But also the Traclet tricorn felt hat for men, made in France, for theme evenings, brotherhoods, fraternities or show associations. The trend is for hats, it's up to you to choose yours!

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