This black bowler hat, sometimes referred to as a derby hat, is made of felt and has a black grosgrain ribbon around the base of the crown. There is also black grosgrain ribbon around the edges of the brim. It has a brown leather sweatband with two stamps on it from Carr, Hutchins, Anderson Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan. A matching label can be seen on the interior of the crown.
The bowler hat was created by London hatmakers Thomas and William Bowlers in 1849. It was designed to protect horseback riders from low hanging tree branches and quickly became an iconic piece of men's clothing.
Felt, Grosgrain Ribbon, Leather
5"" h 10"" w 12"" d
Current Location Status:
Gift Of Mrs. Ganson Taggart
Fashion + Nature
(April 2022 – April 2024)Fashion + Nature examines the relationships between the natural world and the fashion industry. Clothing has long been produced with natural materials and inspired by the beauty and diversity of the natural world, but the fashion industry has had a largely negative impact on the environment. This exhibit showcases a wide variety of captivating scientific specimens and fascinating garments, to illustrate their relationship to each other and their interconnected histories. Fashion + Nature aims to inspire and educate visitors, encouraging us to become better consumers and reduce the harmful impacts of the fashion industry.
Carr, Hutchins, Anderson CompanyCarr, Hutchins, Anderson Company was located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They sold men's and boy's clothing, furnishings, hats and caps.Mrs. Ganson TaggartCarr, Hutchins, Anderson CompanyCarr, Hutchins, Anderson Company was located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They sold men's and boy's clothing, furnishings, hats and caps.