This iconic hat style known in the USA as a Derby hat was created in the mid-1800’s in Britain. It was made to solve the problem of top hats being too fragile and always getting knocked off by low hanging branches while on horseback. The Bowler soon made its way across the pond and became the most popular style in the American West for the same reason, it didn’t blow off your head easily while riding fast of horseback. It’s also commonly made to be a stiff hat so it can withstand rough treatment. We created a softer wool bowler hat style for extra comfort along with fresh takes on the traditionally stiffer styles.