Akubra-USA Style Guide (pdf)
Akubra Hats have been Australia's quality hats since the early 1900's,
ever since Arthur P. Stewart set up to make a hat to meet the needs of
this bustling new colony. Australians in the earlier days, much like
the Americans of the West, needed better hats than the usual, and, like
the Americans, they had to make them for themselves. Akubra hats stood
the test of life on the cattle stations and droving routes. Akubra hats
still stand the test, not only in Australia, but throughout the world.
Since David Morgan first brought Akubra hats to the United States in
1965, these hats have built an enduring reputation for quality and unique
Australian styling. Akubra hats have a loyal following in the United
States and present an excellent growth opportunity for hat, outdoor and
Western retailers who can offer a range of styles with good service.
If you are looking for a retail store carrying Akubras near you, please
check our list of Akubra Dealers.
If you have a retail store that could carry Akubra hats well, please check
our Wholesale Information or contact
About Akubra Hats
Australians needed hard wearing hats with wider brims than the usual European
brims, to protect them from the sun and rain. Akubra soon became known for
the durability and comfort of their felt hats, and recognized throughout the
world for the Australian styling with a flair that reflects the independent,
confident, and sometimes adventurous spirit of the dinkum Australian.
Akubra is the only major hat company making fur felt hats from start
to finish, beginning with the raw skins through all the processes of
preparing the fur, forming the hood, dyeing, blocking and pouncing the
hat to the final trimming. Their control of the entire process allows
them to produce an exceptional quality of fur felt. The quality of Akubra's
felt is attested to by the fact that they have no need for the colored
powders used by many manufacturers to even out the color and hide flaws
in the felt. The reputation of Akubra hats is built on the long lasting
quality of their fur felt and the comfort of their reeded leather sweat
Akubra is an owner-operated company with an up-to-date plant, and a
long term dedication to quality. Some of the distinctive features of
Akubra hats are described below.
The prime factors in the quality of fur felt are the quality of the fur used
and how tightly it is worked together in the felting process.The basic fur
in a felt hat is the under-fur of rabbits, and the quality of this fur is
a prime factor in the quality of the hat produced. Akubra cuts the fur from the skins themselves to maintain better quality control, and is one of the very few hat companies left who manufacture their fur felt hats from start to finish.
The quality of the felt in American hats is often designated by a number
of X's, an arbitrary value differing between manufacturers. Akubra does
not use X's. They produce four felt qualities. Their standard quality,
with a world-wide reputation for durability, is offered in two finishes,
the Imperial Quality, used in most of the standard hats we offer, and
the Superfine, used in the Slouch hat. The Sydney is made from a lighter
weight felt, using a finer fur, with a finish similar to the Imperial
Quality. Their premium quality, developed recently for the Heritage Collection,
is very much in the Akubra tradition, a stronger, more dense felt for
even greater durability, which also allows a finer pouncing for a superb
finish. Pliofelt is the new pliable fur felt used in Akubra's crushable
Lifestyle Collection .
Reeded Leather Sweatbands
The leather sweatband inside the hat is the only part which touches the head
and hence is the key to a comfortable hat. Good leathers are breathable,
soft and absorbent. In the best hats the leathers are "reeded" in order to
conform better to the head. A reed, once a thin piece of rattan, but now
commonly a plastic fibre, is encased in an impervious ribbon of oiled silk
or synthetic material, and attached to the bottom of the leather. The ribbon
helps to keep perspiration from staining the body of the hat. The reeded
leather sweatbands used by Akubra are made of the finest roan sheepskin,
specially tanned to ensure comfort. Roan leather is also used in Akubra's Hemp Range, Hemp Planter and Hemp Balmoral, a luxurious feature not usually found in straw hats.
Great Australian Style
These hats are genuine Akubras, made in Australia and built for durability.
Australians spend a lot of time outdoors. To protect themselves from the
harsh sunlight they wear hats as a matter of course, and they expect their
hats to last. Australians give hats rough treatment - fan the fire, water
the dog, or gather the chooks' eggs, an Akubra is expected to handle it all,
day in day out, year in year out. You can wear your Akubra with confidence,
knowing it's quality and style are top-notch.
Akubras Available in North America
We offer a wide range of Akubras, well suited to the North American market, with stock service from Bothell, Washington.
of the styles we offer through our stock service is given in our Style Guide (pdf) and below. Please follow the links for detailed information about each individual hat.
Pre-creased Akubra Hats
All our standard pre-creased Akubra fur felt hats have high
quality reeded leather sweatbands, full linings, and chin strap
hooks set inside the crown for easy attachment of a chin strap.
The fur felt is Akubra's Imperial Quality pure fur felt.
Open Crown Akubra Hats
Back when hat stores were common most hats were sold with open crowns. The
crease, or bash, would be put in for the customer by the salesman at
the time of purchase. These days almost all hats sold have pre-creased
crowns. For those of you who still want to offer your customers an
individualized bash, we offer a number of open crown hats from Akubra.
Either you or your customer can shape the crown to suit your customer
best, then, when the hat is damp from the rain, make any final adjustments
and let the hat dry.
Your Open Crown Akubra Hat page
gives step by step instructions for a number of common bashes.
The Heritage Collection presents a line of premium quality
hats developed by Akubra®. The felt in these hats is made
from a select blend of specially graded furs of rabbit
and hare which permit a longer and more arduous shrinking
process. This process develops 25% more shrinkage, producing
a denser and stronger felt, which in turn provides the basis
for a superb pounced finish.
The leather for the sweatbands is tanned from
selected skins, for an exceptional quality. The bands themselves
are cut wider than normal to ensure the greatest comfort.
The Heritage Collection hats are in all ways premium hats in the
Akubra tradition, superb long lasting felt with outstanding
Akubra's Lifestyle Collection
Akubra's Lifestyle Collection hats use Pliofelt, a soft, pliable, pure
fur felt developed specifically for crushable hats. The crowns are
unlined with fabric sweatbands to allow the hats to be packed.
Akubra's Hemp Straw Hats
Akubra's legendary quality is now in a hemp straw hat. Hemp is one of the world’s strongest fibers. The fibers are naturally resistant to mold and ultraviolet light and are extremely resistant to abrasion. Hemp straw hats are stronger than toquilla fiber Panamas, are more durable and will last longer.