I was looking through Instagram a few weeks ago and came across Troy O’Shea’s hats, thinking to myself: “Why don’t we make stuff like this in Australia?” Well, turns out Troy lives and works in Sydney!
Without further delay, here’s my first made-in-Australia hat that’s not a bush hat, crafted on single needle machines by Troy:
The fabric is a 11 oz duck, with selvedge, from Collect Mill in Okayama (the fabric manufacturing branch of Japan Blue.)
Nice texture and supremely comfortable – ELS cotton from Zimbabwe indeed!
The lining and fastener are herringbone twill.
Double brass D-rings for locking down the fastener.
Three lines of chain-stitch across the soft brim, which keeps its shape well without being rigid.
The hat is certainly much more handsome than the man, but at least I have a nice hat!
Check out Troy O’Shea Handmade to see his equally handsome cycling caps.