Every hat company sizes differently, kind of like different shoe companies will size a bit differently. Because of this, if you want to buy one of our hats, you must follow our sizing instructions.
1. Get a cloth measuring tape (you can buy them at any local convenient store), and measure your head where you like to wear your hat. We recommend measuring around the widest part of your head, which should hit the middle of your forehead and be 1/4 - 1/2 inch above your ears.
2. Your measurement to the nearest 1/8 of an inch will have an equivalent to our sizing chart:
20 1/2" = 6 1/2
20 5/8" = 6 5/8
21 1/8" = 6 3/4
21 5/8" = 6 7/8
22" = 7
22 1/4 = 7 1/8
22 3/4 = 7 1/4
23 = 7 3/8
23 1/2 = 7 1/2
24" = 7 5/8
24 3/8" = 7 3/4
24 3/4" = 7 7/8
25 1/4" = 8
A lot of people are in between sizes, if that is you, we recommend coming in for a fitting. If you can't come to one of our shops, than we suggest buying whichever size a touch bigger than your measurement, and buying the foam sizing pieces to put underneath the leather.
3. What shape is your head? The shape of your head can greatly affect the way the hat feels. If you are a long oval, you need to specify that when you order the hat so we know to make an adjustment for you. What does long oval mean? We use a device called a conformiteur to get a reading of the shape of your head.
Here are some different head shapes:
If you cannot come in to put our ancient device on your head, than the best way to tell if you are a long oval head is to put on straw or felt hat you have access to and see what the brim does. If the brim appears wavy along the sides, and/or the hat feels tight on the front of your head, than you are most likely a long oval. In this case, indicate this when you order your hat.
If you have any questions at all, call us: 415.221.5332! We can also video chat with you through skype or gmail if necessary.