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Olney has been creating top quality hats for the past century. It was in 1914 that Olney began producing headwear in Luton – known as the hat making capital for the past 300 years.

Predominantly for men, the company expanded to include women’s, uniform and industrial hats and caps. Their trademark item, the straw boater, was worn by public school students of Harrow, Windsor and Eton. Many sales were generated with students wearing the straw and panama hats in summer and velour and felt in winter.

The company went on to sell the straw boaters to the butchery market, and when new machinery was bought in, in 1990, to mould synthetic hats, large quantities of white hats were sold as hygiene headwear in the food industry.


Today Olney produces tweed, wool, urban, corduroy, fur, felt, and wax hats. The most popular being the men’s tweed flat cap range our shops best seller.