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 around Manhattan with beautiful views of the city from the water. This three-level yacht has two outdoor decks and the dining area is surrounded by windows with stunning Manhattan views.

The 113th Annual Headwear Association Dinner is Thursday, April 27th, 2023 from 6 to 10pm. We hope you can join us this year!

We will depart from the Skyport Marina, located on the east side of Manhattan, 2430 FDR Dr, New York, NY 10010.

Cocktails, dinner and our awards ceremony will be held aboard the Cloud 9 Yacht.

More details to come! If you need additional information contact us at thaheadwear@gmail.com. We will be posting nearby hotel recommendations shortly but please reach out with any questions.

Hope to see you in NYC this April.


Retailer of the Year Hatman Jack’s

The Headwear Association Names Hatman Jacks 2022 Retailer of the Year 

After a nearly three year hiatus, The Headwear Association was able to host the 112th Annual Headwear Association Dinner. it was a beautiful Spring Evening at the Central Park Boathouse. Each year we honor an outstanding retailer in the headwear industry, and this year the honors went to Hatman Jack’s. Congratulations to our 2022 Retailer of the Year, Jack Kellogg and Hatman Jack’s.

Founded in 1976, Hatman Jack’s is one of the largest hat stores in the nation, and a cornerstone of the Historic Delano District in Wichita, Kansas. Founder and Wichita native Jack Kellogg has been making hats for nearly a half-century, and is well known for his expertise, craftsmanship, and customer service. Jack and his staff are devoted to continuing the traditional hatters’ craft. They use vintage blocks, flanges and tools that date back to the 1890’s to properly form and fit hats to each customers’ unique face and head shape.

While many brick & mortar stores have shuttered recently, Hatman Jack’s continues to thrive and grow their business.

The store stocks a huge selection of hats from nearly 100 brands in almost every style for men, women and children. Nearly the entire inventory changes with the seasons.

Jack and his staff are true hatters, and this is what truly sets Hatman Jack’s apart from most modern hat shops. “We can turn a rough fur felt hood into a fully custom hat; we can customize off-the-rack hats to your specifications; we can add hat bands, ribbon bands and bindings, stampede strings, feathers,” said owner Jack Kellogg. “We can take a plain hat and add enough glamour to take it to the Kentucky Derby and we can make a brand new hat to look like it’s been worn hard on the trail for years. We also offer hat shaping, cleaning, repair, and restoration services for hats you already own.”

Hatman Jack’s has worked with a number of celebrities including B.B. King, Charlie Daniels, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Marty Stewart, William Elliott Whitmore, Buck Taylor, Mickey Mantle, and Luciano Pavarotti. Their hats have also been showcased in movies and television shows such as The Quick and the Dead, The Secret Life of Bees, The Road to Valhalla, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and more.

“Educating our customers is our forté, and no one walks out of our shop without a proper fit,” said Kellogg. “Everyone on our staff is trained on the principles of hat fitting. Stellar customer service is the hallmark of Hatman Jack’s– and with 257 reviews and a 4.8 star rating on Google alone we are extremely proud of our satisfaction rate.”

Congratulations to our 2022 Retailer of the Year, Jack Kellogg and Hatman Jack’s.

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 New York. The wool for the USA Woollux 504 Cap comes from purebred Merino Sheep lovingly cared for at the Catskill Merino Sheep Farm for decades. The wool is scoured & washed in Texas, and spun into yarn in Vermont.  

This wool is then felted, dyed, blocked, sewed, embroidered and crafted into hats in Adamstown, Pennsylvania by Employee-Owners. The purebred merino wool we use is super fine and the resulting hat is incredibly soft.

The USA Woollux 504 Cap features an embroidered Kangol logo and Kangaroo on the back of the cap, along with a comfort stretch sweatband. The Woollux 504 ships in a novelty Kangol hat box made from recycled materials and includes a hat brush to keep your hat looking clean and fresh.

Shop the Kangol Woolux 504 here:


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. What? Why?

Well, in 1922, most men wore straw hats during the summer months. But similar to the “Don’t wear white pants after Labor Day” rule, men had to put away their straw hats by September 15th. If they continued to wear their summer hats afterward, others felt free to knock their hats off and stomp on them. Savage, right? But somehow, this was a common and accepted practice.

In New York City, things got out on September 13, 1922. Mobs of boys traveled the city wielding nail studded clubs, grabbing straw hats off the heads of men and leaving the gutters filled with thousands of smashed Boater Hats. Police tried to curb the violence, but nothing helped and it took 3 days for the riots to calm down.

Fun Fact — The Headwear Association was founded fourteen years prior to the Straw Hat Riots. Wonder if any of our founding members had their hats stomped on this fateful day?

Snoop Dogg & Steve Martin in THA Platinum Sponsor Hats

We LOVE Snoop Dogg in a cowboy hat. Dayshift just dropped on Netflix and Snoop Dogg is wearing the OPLIN 3X WOOL FELT COWBOY HAT by Larry Mahan Hats from Dorfman Milano.

If you haven’t seen Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building it’s time for a binge. Mysteries, twist and turns that you will never expect.

And Steve Martin wears a trilby from THA Platinum Sponsor, Broner Hats. It turns out Steve Martin is a long-time fan of Broner Hats.

Fall Favorite: American Hat Makers Hudson – Pencil Rim Felt Fedora

From the rolled pencil curl brim to the decadent silhouette this hat portrays. The Hudson Pencil Rim Felt Fedora Hat is a hat that impresses at any event. Wear it with whatever you like from a down coat to a hoodie. This hat is an iconic masterpiece from American Hat Makers.

Brim 4 1/2″; Crown 4″; Wool Felt; Rolled Brim; Leather Hat Band 

Available in two colorways — Bark & Black.

Tap here to shop: https://americanhatmakers.com/products/hudson-womens-pencil-rim-felt-fedora-hat-1

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 to join us this year on Thursday, April 28, 2022. For information about our annual dinner please email THAHeadwear@gmail.com.

We have missed you all so much and look forward to spending an evening with you all in New York City this April!

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 people keep warm during the cold winter months, The Headwear Association Platinum Sponsors Bollman Hat Company and Dorfman Milano donated hats to homeless shelters and nonprofit organizations across the U.S. It was a very gratifying experience for all involved.

This year, Dorfman Pacific worked with The United Way and passed out hundreds of hats to people struggling with homelessness. “Headwear for the Homeless will always be a part of Dorfman Pacific’s outreach to the community,” said Todd Gardner. “Our employees are moved every year by the stories we hear.”

Bollman Hat Company CEO, Don Rongione, has been an avid supporter of Headwear for the Homeless since its inception and promised, “For as long as I’m CEO we will continue to participate in this event because it’s just a great thing to do and a wonderful way we can impact our community

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 children that the right hat can protect against skin cancer and premature skin damage.

For more than a decade, THA Platinum Sponsors have given away thousands of wide-brimmed sun protection hats across the country in cities including: New York City, NY; Stockton, CA; Boulder, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Lancaster, PA; and Santa Cruz, CA. For the past two years, Hat Day in the Sun has been an social media giveaway event due to Covid.

The free sun protection hats were generously provided by Dorfman Milano, Bollman Hat Company Wallaroo Hats and Broner Hats.

Special thanks to our supportive THA sponsors and retailers who partnered with us and co-hosted Hat Day in the Sun giveaways on their Instagram pages this year: Harlem’s Heaven Hats, Hats in the Belfry, Hats.com, Broner Hats, Wallaroo Hat Company, Dorfman Milano and Bollman Hat Company.