About Us


The Headwear Association (THA) is a 115-year-old trade association that promotes all hats & headwear. Founded in 1908, THA is one of the oldest trade associations 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 THAsince1908@gmail.com.

For those interested in joining The Headwear Association as a member please click HERE.


Retailer of the Year

2023 Headwear Association Retailer of the Year Boot Barn Congratulations to Boot Barn, the 2023 Headwear Association Retailer of the Year. Boot Barn began with one store in 1978, and has since become the largest western and work wear retailer in the U.S. operating 348 stores across 44 states. With an uncompromising desire to support…

Annual Dinner

THA 113th Annual Dinner On April 27, 2022, 140 guests gathered on the Cloud 9 Yacht for the 113th Annual Headwear Association Dinner. The evening was a spectacular evening of camaraderie, accompanied by stunning city views as we sailed around Manhattan. During the cruise, The Headwear Association honored our 2022 Award Winners. 2022 Retailer of the…

FIT Scholarship

FIT Scholarship 2023 FIT Scholarship Recipient Genia Charles S.H. Baik of Young An Hat company generously donated $100,000 on behalf of The Headwear Association towards a scholarship for aspiring designers in the millinery field. This money has funded a scholarship at the famed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The scholarship has been…