Hand crafted boater wide-brim hats
I design and handcraft intriguing variations of the boater / ‘gaucho’ hat.
These are on-trend for the 2017 Fashion on the Field spring racing carnival, and they look stylish during our hot Australian summers.
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.
Prices per hat vary depending on the detail and extent of embellishment [trimmings and exclusive fabrics], and the complexity of the overall design. The handcrafted trimmed boaters pictured on this website are in a ready-to-wear finished stage, and are upwards from approx AUS $130 each, plus delivery.
I’m happy to discuss your preferences / suggested hat sizes and embellishments to suit your specific style, and can then make a bespoke hat to your individual need.
For the crown band I can use a custom ribbon using one of my exclusive fabrics [in silk / poly blends] like on the ‘Morocco’ hat pictured below.
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.
Decoration / Accessories
Hat embellishments can be added as required to taste My own range of optional accessories often include unique, and lightweight, individually sculptured forms, painted pearl (examples pictured below) .
They are each different in shape and vary in length from 10cm to 25cm [approx].
I can separately sell some of these decorations on request: and prices vary depending on the complexity of each piece, and they range from A$10 to A$25 each, plus delivery via Australia Post.
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)