James Bond Hats – Sean Connery

With Spectre rocketing out to a great start in theaters, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the hats in the James Bond movies over the years, starting with Sean Connery.  The movie series started in the early 60’s, and as such many of the styles reflect the period.  It should come as no surprise that many more hats were featured in the movies of the 60’s than in those today.

Sean Connery as James Bond

Sean Connery has sported many hats over the years in his stint in the series.  A brown fedora was present for many of the first five movies, starting immediately with the famous gun-barrel opening credits.  Bond’s fedora has a center dent crown and a fairly short brim, so it may be considered a Trilby style fedora by some.  According to The Suits of James Bond, Lock & Co. Hatters provided the fur felt hat for Dr. No., and possibly the next four movies.

View James Bond’s Hat in Dr. No

The hat itself was a dark grey-brown with a grosgrain ribbon hatband.  Some similar styles that we have are our Stetson Prof Wool Felt Fedora and our Bailey of Hollywood Blixen Litefelt Fedora (minus the feather).

View Bond’s Hat in From Russia With Love

Connery also shows up in a few straw hats throughout his stint, especially in tropical climates.  In Goldfinger, Bond shows up in a darker pinch front fedora hat with a dark grosgrain hat band with contrasting stripes.  In Thunderball, he shows up in a natural color straw pork pie or fedora with a plaid hat band.

View Bond’s Straw Hat in Goldfinger


View Bond’s Straw Hat in Thunderball


We have a few hats available that match both.  For the Goldfinger look, try our Henschel Firm Straw Gentleman’s Fedora or our Bailey of Hollywood Salem Summer Braid Fedora.  While we couldn’t find a plaid hatband, you can easily make your own and add it to our Bailey of Hollywood Wilshire Braid Fedora or our Coronado Straw Fedora.

Bond can also be seen practicing his chipping into a homburg at one point.


Oddjob is a particularly well known henchman due to his proclivity to throw a razor-edged high-crowned bowler hat.  While we do not have any knife-brimmed hats, we do have a number of bowler hats that will suffice.

View Oddjob’s Hat

Other Hats

A number of other characters show up in hats throughout the movies, such as Goldfinger sporting a fedora and a flat cap, Felix Leiter in a pinstripe fedora and others.

View Felix Leiter in a Fedora

View Goldfinger in a Fedora

Emilio Largo in a fedora in Thunderball

Goldfinger and a Caddy in Flat Caps

Artist Spotlight: Bruno Mars

You can’t turn on the radio these days without hearing the familiar bass drop and plucky guitar of “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. While the song was released late in 2014, it’s upbeat, summery-feel, that sounds like it came straight from the playbook of Prince or Stevie Wonder. However, even the ubiquity of “Uptown Funk” doesn’t surpass the thing Bruno Mars has become even more known for in pop-culture: his ever present fedora.
Artists and music icons usually have an easier time getting away with certain fashion styles, accessories, and headwear – they’re sort of expected to do and wear things outside of the norm. However, Mars effortlessly styles his hats with an array of dressed up and dressed down looks that are achievable by anyone, but it all comes down to having the right hat. Mars seems to prefer traditional fedora shapes in either a front-pinch or center dent crown, with a rather wide brim. Here are a few styles Mars has sported and some options that will get you uptown funk-ing in no time.

For this brown, fur-felt hat Mars is seen sporting here, we like the Stetson Eagle for it’s simple style, mid-length brim, and ability to wear the brim flat, or upturned.

bruno_1This hat is another front-pinch, teardrop shaped style that sports a bound, rather than raw edge around the brim. The stingy brims on hat such as the Kangol Litefelt Player are generally worn turned up around the head.


bruno_4Another staple of Mars growing hat collection is this black, wool-felt hat with plain lines and a center pinch on the front. We like the Dobbs Fur Felt Dayton for its wide-brim and simple, raw-edge brim.



Jurassic Park Hats

With Jurassic World roaring out to a record box-office weekend, we thought we’d take a look back at some great Jurassic Park hats that have popped up over the years.

1. Dr. Alan Grant (played by Sam Neill).  Dr. Grant is a paleontologist who enjoys hunting for dinosaur bones before being hunted himself.  He sports a variety of hats throughout the series, mostly wider-brimmed fedoras.  Starting off in Jurassic Park, Dr. Grant is shown wearing a custom-made straw fedora, or panama fedora, with most likely a horsehair hat band with tassles.

Dr. Alan Grant's Hat

Dr. Alan Grant’s Straw Hat in Jurassic Park

While we cannot find an exact copy, we do have two hats that are similar, the Stetson Retro Panama Straw Fedora and the Scala Grade 3 Panama C-Crown Hat.

In Jurassic Park III, Dr. Grant opts for an olive green fur felt fedora with a black ribbon hat band.

Dr. Grant's Felt Fedora in Jurassic Park III

Dr. Grant’s Felt Fedora in Jurassic Park III

The hat is custom-made and looks to be crushable for travel, but we do have a few similar hats, the Christys’ of London Fur Felt Foldaway Fedora in Burma Green and the Stetson Runabout Travel Fur Felt Fedora in Sage Green.

2. John Hammond (played by Richard Attenborough).  Attenborough can be seen in many hats throughout his storied acting career, but as John Hammond he first appears in a stylish wide-straw hat with a wide white hat band and a telescope crown (no pinches).

John Hammond's Panama Hat

John Hammond’s Straw Hat

We were able to find one hat fairly close in style to this custom hat, the Dobbs Florentine Milan Braid Bishop Pork Pie.

3. Robert Muldoon (played by Bob Peck).  Muldoon is the park’s game warden in Jurassic Park, and seems to be one of the few employees who realizes the serious danger everyone in the park could be in at a moment’s notice.  Muldoon meets a memorable fate, but is normally seen wearing an outback hat throughout the movie with one side snapped up.

Robert Muldoon's Outback Aussie Hat

Robert Muldoon’s Outback Aussie Hat

We have found an almost identical hat in our Henschel Cotton Twill Aussie.

4. Others.  There are quite a few other great hats in the movies throughout the years, especially in the original Jurassic Park:

Dr. Ellie Sattler's Cotton Bucket Hat

Dr. Ellie Sattler’s Cotton Bucket Hat

Donald Genarro, "The Blood Sucking Lawyer" wearing a classic Panama Fedora

Donald Genarro, “The Blood Sucking Lawyer” wearing a classic Panama Fedora

Dennis Nedry's contact Dodgson wearing a great raffia fedora trying to "blend in"

Dennis Nedry’s contact Dodgson wearing a great raffia fedora trying to “blend in”

A Rant Against the “Performance Polo”

HFedhT43Xgi30cxXuHrm1QUoA4a9rQ1Bx0qBUyklM3stIbxV9obcGnbtCqfFAdgyMbC7Fj6lzmw9i63MeWpPsgLet’s face it guys, we want to look good while generally not going to great lengths to do so.  Sometimes we want to look good to impress others, but more importantly we should do it to improve ourselves.  One article of clothing that has made its way into America’s wardrobes that needs to be severely limited is the Performance Polo.

A Bit of History

A few decades ago, Polyester was dead, as dead as disco.  It still worked great in fabric blends and had its niche uses great for hiking, sports shirts and more due to being lightweight and fast drying.  Then, in the late ‘90’s, a company called Under Amour popped up on the scene aggressively pushing Polyester based fabric shirts for sports use.  They worked great, and Under Armour’s rise since, along with major sports apparel companies following suit, meant that polyester based fabrics spilled out all over the apparel market.  With fabric costs similar to cotton and other blends, the cost to make these “performance” apparel lines are similar, but because companies were able to advertise them as new and improved and as  “performance” gear, they were able to initially sell these goods at a higher price than their cotton counterparts.

Polyester Stuff Can Be Great

As an avid athlete and outdoorsman, I have to say it’s nice having a wide selection of performance apparel available nowadays.  You no longer look like a drowned rat from a long sweaty set on the court or an afternoon hike on a Sunday like you did with soaked cotton shirts.  For certain professions, performance polos are a godsend.  Electricians, roofers, plumbers, groundskeepers, and hundreds more professions that are working in hot, humid areas throughout the day can do so much more comfortably and still look composed when they chat with the customer afterwards.

Where We Went Wrong

I woke up one day to notice that about 95% of the polo shirts in my wardrobe were now Performance Polos, most all 100% Polyester.  While I hadn’t purchased most of them and had gotten many as gifts and at various jobs over the years, letting my closet get this way was certainly my doing.  When I’m at restaurants, or at bars, or out shopping, most of the polos I see nowadays are polyester.  How did that happen??  Ok, I know you’re itching for me to get to the point about why the Performance Polo is so bad, so here goes:

  1. They don’t fit well. While this can be an issue with normal cotton polos, I feel like there are many more cuts and styles of performance polos.  Companies try to create new styles every year, resulting in a wide variety of size and fit differences, even among well-known brands.
  2. They run. Within a few months, any polyester polo I get will inevitably become snagged and the thread begins to run.  It’s fairly obvious and stands out and is hard to fix.
  3. They are thin. Have you ever seen a woman wearing a performance polo in public without a bra?  These shirts show everything underneath them, and most people don’t want to see outlines of your nipples and nipple-hair when we’re out and about.  At the very least throw on an undershirt (which basically negates the performance aspect of your polo.)
  4. The collars aren’t flattering. The collars generally flatten out wide, so make sure to find narrow collars.  Cheaper weaves can also curl, and no amount of ironing (good luck with ironing polyester) will make them straight again.
  5. They’re rough. Yes, there are some particularly soft weaves, but the vast majority of polos are rough against your skin, and don’t feel that good. Now don’t get me wrong, I embrace rough when appropriate, but I’d prefer a soft cotton polo most times, say on a 5 hour flight.
  6. They aren’t particularly dressy. Look at virtually any fashion magazine – guys wearing polos in photo shoots aren’t wearing polos from their local golf shop.  They’re wearing properly fitted cotton or mixed polos that don’t blind you when a bright light happens to shine on them.  Most performance polos have logos, sports cuts, and look like a lazy man’s idea of dressing up.

So fellas, if you’re interested in looking good in short-sleeve polos this summer, keep the polyester Performance Polos away unless you’re actually going to be sweating.

Carlos Santana’s New Memoir, “The Universal Tone”

Carlos Santana’s career has spanned nearly five decades, 100 million records sold, and 10 Grammy’s won. After moving to the United States from a small town in Mexico, Santana earned his first acclaim in the late 60’s with breakout hit “Samba Pa Ti”, a rendition of a Tito Puente song. In his memoir, “The Universal Tone”, Santana talks about his rise to international music acclaim.


From the Latin-tinged instrumental jams of Santana’s first self-titled release, and second breakthrough album “Abraxas”, all the way to the cameo-filled, Grammy sweeping “Supernatural”, Carlos Santana’s varied, arduous career is one worth reading up on.



Shown wearing a Carlos Santana Essential Fur Fedora

Covering everything from his experiences in Mexico with his father, also a musician, shaping his aspiration to play music, to his first brushes with being an internationally renowned musician (credit suarez), “The Universal Tone” leaves no subject about the life of Carlos Santana untouched.

We’ve selected a few of Santana’s best stage looks, including the iconic, almost-never forgotten fedora that tops his look.



Carlos Santana’s own line of hats, Santana, has a take on this straw fedora. The Carlos Santana Fenix Straw Fedora


The newsboy-cap styled Carlos Santana Shango 8/4 Cap


Straw, western/Panama hybrid Carlos Santana Bora Wide Brim Straw Fedora

The 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards - Press Room

Wearing a similarly styled Carlos Santana Woodstock Fedora

‘Justified’ to End It’s 6 Season Run Next Year

‘Justified’, the FX series starring and produced by Timothy Olyphant will conclude its run after next years 6th season.


The series has followed Deputy U.S. Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens, a sort of modern day throwback to old west lawmen, relocated back to his hometown of Harlan County, Kentucky. While the series gained a huge following since it’s debut in 2010, show star and co-producer Tim Olyphant said the decision to end the show came about because he and the producers thought that the story arc throughout the series could be completely satisfied in 6 seasons, and didn’t want the show to become stale.

Iconic to Givens and rarely seen without it is his Stetson hat, seen here:

JUSTIFIED: Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens. CR: Frank Ockenfels III / FX


‘Justified’ star Raylan Givens wearing a Stetson Marshall 4X Western Hat



Raylan Givens with season 3 character Ellstin Limehouse, wearing a take on a Scala Grade 3 Panama



Stetson Marshall 4X Western Hat

Olyphant, no stranger to playing shows and characters with a western feel, previously acted on HBO’s Deadwood (credit edgar), as Sherriff and store owner Seth Bullock, seen here in a homburg-style hat: deadwood_the_complete_series_31

Cowboy Hats: Myths and Superstition

Historically, cowboy hats have been used for many things. Cowboy hats descended from similar wide brimmed, tall-crown hats of different varieties since as early as the 13th century. But the Cowboy hat popular in the American west is a true icon and has a lot of interesting lore that surrounds it. Did you know that it’s bad luck to lay your hat on your bed? The sport of rodeo has attributed to many of the myths, so here are some of the superstitions and myths that came to surround this great American icon.





Stetson Marshall 4X Western Hat

1.) Laying Your Hat on Your Bed Will Bring Bad luck.

It’s hard to say where this one originated, but it’s safe to say that it has permeated Western and cowboy culture thoroughly. According to the superstition, placing your hat on your bed brings general bad luck to the owner of the hat. It’s said that rodeo cowboys will avoid doing this at all costs, because they believe they will lose their next rodeo if they receive the myths bad luck.


Stetson Grant New Frontier Western Hat

2.) Never Change the Name of Your Horse

Once a horse’s name is set, it should never be changed. This is the saying on many ranches across the US. If the horses name is changed at any point, bad luck will come across that horse.


Stetson Seneca Buffalo Fur Felt Western Hat

3.) Laying Your Hat Upside-Down

Having a proper hat box is essential for storing your cowboy hat. As the superstition goes, your hat should be stored with the opening facing up, so as to “catch luck” inside of it. Alternatively, laying your hat with the opening down allows all the luck to fall out. This myth has roots in rodeo culture as well, as you need all the luck you can take before competing. Stetson and Resistol provide sturdy, branded boxes that store your hat in this manner!


Stetson Griffin 100X Premier Western Hat

4.) Wear Two Different Colored Socks in the Ring

You’ have to have a certain amount of luck every time you jump on a rodeo bull, no matter how skilled you are. This one is about pure luck. It is said that if you wear two different colored socks, you’re better off than wearing a matching pair.


Kingsman: The Secret Service – On Samuel L. Jackson and Hats

There is perhaps no more recognizable actor/celebrity hat pairing than Samuel L. Jackson and Kangol. Since his debut on the film scene, Jackson is one of the reasons Kangol is the household name it is today.


Samuel L. Jackson’s new film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, co-starring Colin Firth and based off of a graphic novel of the same name, is about a secret agent veteran who takes a young protege under his wing.




Recently, Samuel L. Jackson teamed up with Kangol and produced his own line of hats. Here’s a small selection of Jackson’s hats and Kangol’s he has worn over the years:


KANGOL Samuel L. Jackson P2i Golf Tropic 504 Ventair

As seen in the first picture, THE quintessential Samuel L. Jackson Kangol Cap, produced in his signature style.


KANGOL Seamless Wool 507

Similar to the previous hat, this model features a slightly tighter, sleeker body. Made out of seamless wool to keep the heat in, perfect for fall.


KANGOL Furgora Casual

Bucket hats have blown up this year, and this KANGOL is no exception. This faux-fur blend is a fall and winter take on a bucket hat, featuring all the warmth you except from a winter hat in all the style of summer.

colinfirth As seen in the Kingsman: The Secret Service trailer, seen here is a take on this KANGOL cap:


KANGOL Tropic Ventair Spacecap

Cov-Ver Hats now known as Conner Hats – New Name, Same Great Quality

Recently you may have noticed a change on our site with Cov-Ver brand hats. We still carry their whole line of authentic outback, straw, and felt hats that they are well known for, but their name has changed. Now known as Conner Hats, the name change has a lot to do with their history as a family-owned company and their commitment to providing the highest quality hat they can.


Rewind about 50 years: BC Hats began in the late-60’s, early-70’s when Bill Conner (hence BC) moved to Byron Bay in Australia and began producing authentic, quality Aussie Outback-style hats. The BC Hats name was attached at first to one, simple, classic hat. The Stockman, as it’s referred to, was Australia’s first all-leather hat with a shapeable brim.


BC Hats Stockman Outback Hat

It was when Bill Conner’s son, Will Conner, extended the family business and began not only distributing BC Hats in the United States, but also coming up with his own designs and hats under the name Cov-Ver hats.

“I was deciding what to call my own hat brand and add these to my BC Hat distribution. I considered our family name Conner but I wasn’t sure if I could create as good a quality hat as my dad and at that time I didn’t want the pressure of living up to the family name. I decided on Cov-ver Hats, which turned out very well.”.

However, this year Will Conner is confident that his hats can bare the Conner family name. So while Cov-Ver hats name has changed, the quality and attention to detail put in all hats is better than ever. Here are a few of the designs that has made Cov-Ver and now Conner a household name along with the original BC Hats.


Conner Wool Felt Crushable Outback Hat

This wool-felt take on the traditional Aussie-leather outback hat that made BC Hats famous. This version by Conner is made of a crushable wool-felt material that can be packed away in a bag or suitcase.


Conner Wool Felt Shapeable Western Hat

This wool-felt western-styled hat is waterproof, with a shapeable brim, and that easily recognizable western-cowboy style and a leather hatband.


Conner Sewn Braid Toyo Floppy Hat

Styled in the same way as the quintessential sun-hats you’ve seen on the beach, at music festivals, or hiking on a hot day. The super-wide brims of straw hats like these are perfect for keeping the sun off of your most UV sensitive spots: your face and neck.


Wide-Brimmed Hats for Health

The summer months of shorts and tank tops are inundated with warnings about wearing enough sunscreen and keeping your skin protected from the harsh UV rays of the sun. But as fall rolls in, we often forget that UV rays are just as strong and our most sensitive skin areas are often left unprotected and vulnerable to skin cancer. Here are some suggestions to keep yourself protected year round.


Every year around this time, we start to see the signs: that first cool breeze blowing away the August heat, the sun leaves the horizon earlier and earlier, and pumpkin-spiced everything is abound. Autumn is coming, beach trips are ending, and while we’re covering up more with sweaters and pants to escape the cold, the threat of the harsh UV rays of the sun are as relevant as ever.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the majority of skin cancers occur on the face, head, and neck. These are also the areas most likely to remain exposed during winter months. For many, the sunscreen gets packed away with the beach gear until next year, but on top of a proper SPF sunscreen, there are a few things you can do in the winter to protect your skin.


1.) Because an added threat to sun exposure in the winter is UV rays reflecting off of snow, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend reducing time in the sun entirely. If possible, spend a portion of your time outside in the shade.

2.) Sunglasses with proper lenses that block both UVA and UVB rays will protect your eyes from the sun. *NOTE* It is advisable to buy proper sunglasses from a reputable dealer, to ensure the lenses actually do block UVA and UVB rays. Improper lenses can actually allow more harmful rays to hit your eyes than wearing no sunglasses at all!

3.) Wear a wide brimmed hat. This is one of the easiest and most convenient ways you can protect the skin on your face and neck if you don’t have suncreen handy. Wearing hats for sun protection is a trend that goes way back, and was part of the reason the cowboy-hat was made as wide as it was. A hat with at least a 3″ brim will shade the most sensitive skin you have while you face the sun outside. Here are a few selections from our store that fit the bill:











Indiana Jones Alligator Band Fedora

This crushable, wool-felt fedora has a 3″ brim for maximum sun protection. The water-repellant fur felt will keep you dry in the snowiest conditions in winter, and when you need to pack it away, the crushable material allows it to be stored in a suitcase or book bag and pop right back in to shape easily.










Stetson Catera Fur Felt Gun Club 5X Fedora

Another outback-styled hat, this Stetson has it all. Made out of a fur and wool-felt blend, with a real leather band and teardrop shape. With a 3 1/4″ brim, there is plenty of sun and wind coverage for this cold autumn and winter days and nights.










Stetson Lilly Wide Brimmed Fedora 

The Stetson Lilly, and wide, floppy-brim hats have become more and more popular in recent years. This years New York Fashion Week featured many iterations of this type of hat and while their style can’t be denied, the 4″ brim ensures harmful sun rays will be.

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