About Us


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.


113th Annual THA Dinner

A dinner cruise around Manhattan aboard the Cloud 9 Yacht on April 27, 2023 Exciting news for headwear aficionados! The Headwear Association has a phenomenal new venue for our annual gala: The Cloud 9 Yacht. This year, the 2023 Annual THA Dinner will be held aboard the Cloud 9 Yacht and will include a tour…

Presenting Kangol Woollux

The USA Woollux 504 is a limited edition, website exclusive cap hand-crafted in America from start to finish. This new take on an old classic, made from luxe fibers of the finest merino wool will certainly impress. Our 100% sourced and made in the USA merino wool is a sustainable, harm free fiber harvested in…

100th Anniversary of the Straw Hat Riots

September 13, 2022 is the 100th Anniversary of The Straw Hat Riots. Yes, you read that right. In 1922, New York City came to a standstill over the straw boater hat. The Straw Hat Riots occurred throughout New York City’s streets and lasted for three days as thousands of boys attacked men wearing straw hats.…