A hat is a head awning good. It can be worn for safety against the elements or as a style or vogue accessory. In the past, hats were a sign of social status. In the military, they may denote clan, branch of service, rank and/or regiment. One of the most famous London hatters is James Lock & Co of St James's Street. One and Sharp & Davis of 6 Fish Street Hill. In the late 20th-century, vaults trusted London-based David Shilling with reproducing hats globally. Notable Belgian hat designers are Elvis Pompilio and Fabienne Delvigne (Royal warrant of invitation holder), whose hats are worn by European royals. Philip Treacy OBE. He is a trophy-winning Irish millionaire whose hats have been nominated by top designers and are worn at royal marriages or functions. In North America, the popular cowboy-hat producer Stetson made the head gear for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Texas Rangers.
The collection of men's hats and caps is more exciting with new Panama hats from Biltmore's Imperial Grade Supreme line and part of made in the USA series. A delight in the stingy brim fedoras from brands like Christys' London and JB Stetson, all made from comfortable materials ranging from straw to linen.