COAL The Standard Hat

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COAL Standard Hat

Your basic Standard winter hat, understated, unadorned, an acrylic version of a watch or beanie-style hat should be the most boring hat in the line. But the beanie has a very long and venerable history. The first hats of the style we now call "beanie" dates back to the 12th and 13 centuries, to the town of Monmouth in Wales. The earliest versions were worn by women, and made of satin, velvet, or taffeta, and decorated with elaborate embroidery. Knitting guilds, made up of men, started appearing in Europe at the beginning of the 1400s, and the Cappers incorporated the shape of the Monmouth cap into their design, creating a round knit cap which was "fulled," or felted, to make it waterproof. By the 15th century Monmouth was well established as a home of knit hat production, using the wool from the Ryeland sheep raised in the area. The name "Capper" is still a common surname in that area of Wales. These hats were worn by soldiers and sailors, and widely exported, between the 15th and the 18th centuries. By the 1600s, the Monmouth cap style was being made elsewhere gaining new names including the French "toque," and the American "watch cap". Eventually it evolved into the woolen knitted caps we're familiar with today. It's fitting that the Standard has come full circle, from a light cap made from silk or linen, to a heavy and stiff wool hat... and back to a lighter hat made with the lighter acrylic yarn.


  • Ribbed double knit
  • Fine acrylic
  • Made in the USA
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Brand COAL Headwear
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