If you wear a hat, you’ll find that over time, the fur felt will attract dust and dirt from general wear. This will make your hat look dingy. The dirt and dust will get into the nap of the hat and give it a flat look.
Continuous use of a brim brush will work to keep the felt clean. It will also lift the nap to give it a brighter look. It’s important to use a brush with stiff bristles. However, too tough of a brush will cause abrasion. We recommend a horsehair brush that is stiff enough to lift the nap.
When brushing a hat, brush in a counter-clockwise direction. That will lift the nap while removing the dirt. People often rest it on their thigh, opposite of the hand with the brush. Work on the crown, then on the brim. Don’t forget to turn the hat over and brush the underside of the brim.
A good brush should be found in any hat store. Ours are available here.
We’ve carried a couple of Conner hats over the years, and working with them has been a pleasure. Headed by Will Conner, it is a continuation of the legacy of his father Bill’s business, BC Hats.
Will’s travels as a young man gave him an appreciation for how humans affect the world. Will makes it company policy to tread lightly and consider the wider outcome of business decisions. “I believe we can make a positive change,” Will says. “Thoughtful actions can improve the health of business while reducing negative impact on cultures and ecosystems alike. Our goal is to promote long-term thinking and to really consider future generations with every product we create and every decision we make as a brand.”
The wool used in Conner Hats is cruelty free. Recycled and organic materials are used wherever possible. both in the hats and in the packaging. We carried BC Hats for many years, up until Bill’s retirement during the pandemic, and are now pleased to offer these Conner Hats.
Because of our success with Conner Hats, we’ve decided to add a few more to our selection.
With spring officially here, many of us are getting out to enjoy the outdoors. Even in places where there is still snow, the temperature is rising and there are more warmer days than there are cold days. So if you happen to be out, we have a few items you might be interested in.
This crushable hat by Conner Hats is made from a weathered fabric of cotton and polyester, giving the hat a leather-like look and feel, as well as making it water resistant. It also floats. The brim is bound. A cotton stampede string wraps through two grommeted holes in the brim and adjusts with a toggle. Large screened and grommeted air vents in the crown provide ventilation.
This is an all-season Merino wool hiking sock, and a reliable general purpose sock. It is a technical sock, fully designed to keep your feet comfortable – the right yarn in the right place, with the right knit. The sock is 74% Superwash Merino wool, 20% nylon and 6% spandex. The inside of the sock is 100% soft long-staple Merino wool, the very best for comfort.
Bears dislike surprises. Let this bear bell give notice that you’re in the neighborhood. The fabric band is printed with Corinne Hunt’s Three Eagles design and has one attached metal bell. A Velcro tab allows for easy fastening around your wrist or belt. There is also a ⅞ inch loop at the end for easy attachment to a pack.
Although it’s early March, we’re already seeing an uptick in sales for our Panama hats. Most of our sales are coming from the Southern US, but we’ve got customers from all over the country. A straw hat is perfect for spring and summer weather.
Our straw hats are made with toquilla fiber, which has always been the traditional straw for making these hats. Toquilla fiber can be woven into varying densities. The denser the weave, the more flexible the hat. Our hats are in the intermediate range and can not be rolled. These panamas are also treated with a teflon coating that will make them water resistant. If you wear them in the rain, however, you can ruin your hat, so get out of the rain as soon as possible! The hats come with a cotton sweatband.
If you prefer to have a leather sweatband, you could try one of our Akubra hemp hats. The fiber is stiffer and the are a little heavier than our Panamas. They also have the advantage of fitted sizes.
With the current COVID-19 disruptions, we are operating with minimal staffing but still able to process and ship most online, phone and mail orders within one to two business days. We follow CDC and Washington state suggested best practices, and are fortunate to have a work environment that is easily cleaned with good social distancing. Our retail store in Bothell, Washington is closed until Washington state allows us to re-open.
The worldwide pandemic has affected our ability to keep some products in stock. This past week we finally received a large shipment of Akubra hats, some of which were originally expected back in January. Delayed by global shipping disruptions, we were very pleased to have these hats! We still have a few outages, awaiting our next shipments, but most styles are well stocked, including the Kiandra.
Spring is here, and with it Panama hat season. Unfortunately our spring order has been delayed by the COVID-19 closures and we are out of stock of some sizes, in particular of our Darwin Panama, a customer favorite. We hope to receive these hats mid-May. Orders can be placed now – we will keep you updated if further delays occur and won’t charge your credit card until we ship. If you have immediate need of a Panama or straw hat, please consider our Gambler Panama, the Vented Panama and Featherweight Panama by Mayser, and Akubra’s Hemp Balmoral.
We thank our vendors, many like us small, family-owned businesses, for adapting to these unprecedented times. And we thank you, our customers, for your patience and understanding. We hope life gets back to normal soon.
For those who would like to know more about Akubra, we’ve uploaded their latest newsletter for you to read. Topics include: solar panels and LED lighting added to the facility; Pope Francis receives an Akubra, and Mick Fanning, three time world champion surfer drops in.
Read the newsletter here. A pdf will open in your browser.
We are proud of our Akubra hats. Their quality is top notch and with good care, an Akubra will last for years.
Our customers seem to agree. When you purchase an item from David Morgan, you are given the chance to make a review. You can also post a photograph of yourself. Hands down, the largest number of photographs we get are of customers wearing their Akubra. And, over the years, we’ve collected many images.
We’ve posted these images on our Pinterest page. Feel free to take a look.
Do you have a picture you’d like to share? Let us know and we’ll post it for you.
Mayser Hats was established over 200 years ago in Ulm, Germany. Leonhard Mayser’s success came early with his desire to produce quality men’s hats. Over the next two centuries, Mayser has expanded into other industrial areas, but their motto remains as “Innovation by Tradition.” Mayser uses traditional methods with modern techniques. This allows them to produce high quality hats yet remain on the front edge of fashion.