The Headwear Association (THA) is a 114-year-old association which is the oldest association in the fashion industry.
Our Mission: To promote hats and the headwear industry throughout the world, and to foster goodwill and fellowship among those engaged in the headwear industry.
Originally known as the Travelling Hat Salesmen’s Association (THSA), the organization was founded on January 30, 1908 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City by 34 hat salesmen.  A charter was initiated that declared the purpose of the association was to “encourage the spirit of friendship and fraternity” in the hat trade. To better represent and address the needs of the members and the industry, the THSA changed its name to The Headwear Association (THA) in 2003.
With the help of a dedicated team of Platinum Sponsors and a full-time Public Relations & Social Media partner, THA has become a one-stop resource fashion editors, stylists, wardrobe supervisors, and influencers who are looking for headwear for current projects. Platinum Sponsor catalogs are posted on our website and provided to editors upon request. Our members are more than willing to help stylists and editors find exactly what they are looking for. If you are interested in headwear for editorial, fashion shows, or TV/Film projects please contact us at THAHeadwear@gmail.com.  
For those interested in joining The Headwear Association as a member please click HERE.


Annual Dinner

112th Annual Headwear Association Dinner After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, we are thrilled to announce that The Headwear Association will once again be gathering at The Central Park Boathouse in New York City for our 112th Annual Dinner in April 2022. We welcome all hat lovers and anyone in the headwear industry toContinue reading “Annual Dinner”

Hat Day in the Sun

14th Annual Hat Day in the Sun Ninety percent of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, and the right sun protection hat is essential summer protection. For the past fourteen years, The Headwear Association (THA) has hosted Hat Day in the Sun, a national public awareness campaign, aimed at educating adults and childrenContinue reading “Hat Day in the Sun”

Headwear for the Homeless

15th Annual Headwear for the Homeless For the past 14 years, The Headwear Association has given away thousands of warm winter hats as part of our Headwear for the Homeless Initiative. In December 2021, The Headwear Association coordinated the Fourteenth Annual Headwear for the Homeless event in cities across the U.S. to help disadvantaged peopleContinue reading “Headwear for the Homeless”