Hand crafted boater wide-brim hats
Up until 2020 I designed and handcrafted intriguing variations of the boater / ‘gaucho’ hat.
My Regular Sizes
The standard dimension for my brim diameter is approx 34-36 cm, for an elegant appearance at racing carnivals / fashion festivals.
I make both flat-top ‘crowns’ and some convex shaped crown tops (as pictured next), with a height of approx 5cm to 8cm.
Apologies for my typo in this image about ‘fuchsia’. grr
A traditional boater has a more narrow brim than a bolero, especially the narrow-brim boaters worn by gondoliers in Venice. Most of the head sizes I make are 57cm = “standard” / average. I can be commissioned to make extra wide-rim bespoke boaters, but at present I offer these recommended standard sizes:-
– Flat-top “crown” – height approx 5cm (higher by request)
– Flat “brim” – diameter approx 34cm (medium) to 36cm by request (large).
– Head size – average female head, being 56-57 cm circumference.
My hat components are 100% Australian made. Falcon Fabrics boaters are made from durable yet lightweight woven polyfibre, that looks like firm felt as used in bolero hats.The fabric is heat formed (without glues), non-allergenic, self-extinguishable and odourless.
My customised hats are customarily worn with a slight tilt, hence I include a a concealed elastic head-band to help keep the hat in place. I prefer straight tall sides for the crown, as typically used in a boater hat v.s. the slightly angled crown on a traditional Bolero hat.
Boleros, sometimes named a gaucho hat, originate from Spain, and later they were used in USA by the Spanish gauchos (cowboys). Gauchos were skilled horseman of the Argentine and Uruguayan pampas (grasslands) – originating in the mid-18th century.
The Bolero has been a highlight in some top movies, worn by actors including:-
Catherine Zeta Jones (in Zorro)
Penélope Cruz (in Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Diana Rigg DBE (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,1969)
Bo Derek (movie Bolero, 1984)