Akubra: About The Company:
     In the early 1870s, Benjamin Dunkerley arrived in Australia, determined to set up a hat making factory. His skills as a hatter were backed by his ability to invent machinery, and soon after arrival he had developed a mechanical method of removing the hair tip from rabbit fur so the under-fur could be used in felt hat making. He moved his business from Tasmania to Sydney and set up a small factory.
Stephen Keir I joined the business soon after. Whilst working for Dunkerley Hat Mills, he married Ada Dunkerley. Following Benjamin Dunkerley's death in 1918, Stephen steered the Company to greater things; he moved the factory to larger premises, increased production and began branding the hats "Akubra". The Company won large contracts for the supply of the famous military Slouch hat in both World Wars, and in the early 1950s obtained the prized licenced manufacturing agreement from Stetson of America. In the 1970s, Akubra moved to its current site in Kempsey. Although modern techniques are used and new machinery has been installed, the traditional family values are still clearly evident.
     Over the years, Akubra has maintained its ability to be in vogue. "Akubra' in fact has become the generic term for hat. Always at the forefront of the industry, Akubra adorns the heads of State, Royalty, Presidents, film and sporting personalities - the famous and sometimes the infamous.
Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, Akubra hats are appreciated worldwide. This Australian family company is set to move confidently into the next century. Akubra takes great pride in maintaining the traditions of quality and style established so long ago in this superb Australian product.

AkubraS ARE PURE FELT:

  • Every Akubra hat is made from pure rabbit fur felt and depending in the style, anywhere from 10 to 14 rabbit skins make an individual hat.
    Felt is the strongest fabric known because every fibre is interlocked in every direction with a number of other fibres. That is what makes Akubra hats so durable.
    The prime factors in the quality of fur felt are the quality of the fur used and how tightly it is worked together in the felting process.The basic fur in a felt hat is the under-fur of rabbits, and the quality of this fur is a prime factor in the quality of the hat produced. Fur from wild rabbits gives the best quality.
  • Akubra not only uses more wild rabbit fur in their hats than any other hat company, but also a better fur, as they cut their own fur from the skins, keeping control of quality of the hats from start to finish.
  • Akubra is the only major hat company making fur felt hats from start to finish, beginning with the raw skins through all the processes of preparing the fur, forming the hood, dyeing, blocking and pouncing the hat to the final trimming. Their control of the entire process allows them to produce an exceptional quality of fur felt.
  • The quality of Akubra's felt is attested to by the fact that they have no need for the colored powders used by many manufacturers to even out the color and hide flaws in the felt. The reputation of Akubra hats is built on the long lasting quality of their fur felt and the comfort of their reeded leather sweat bands.

Reeded Leather Sweatbands:

  • The leather sweatband inside the hat is the only part which touches the head and hence is the key to a comfortable hat. Good leathers are breathable, soft and absorbent.
  • In the best hats the leathers are "reeded" in order to conform better to the head. A reed, once a thin piece of rattan, but now commonly a plastic fibre, is encased in an impervious ribbon of oiled silk or synthetic material, and attached to the bottom of the leather. The ribbon helps to keep perspiration from staining the body of the hat.
  • The reeded leather sweatbands used by Akubra are made of the finest roan sheepskin, specially tanned to ensure comfort.
Banjo Patterson Hat
The Banjo Paterson from Akubra's Heritage Collection of outstanding hats is a great style suitable for town or country wear, named after the Australian poet and writer. The pre-creased crown has a wide center crease with side dents in the front. The crown is 4 inches high at the front, 4-1/2 inches at the sides.

The brim is 2-3/4 inches wide. The striking hat band, 1/2 inch wide, is made from the skin of the Barramundi, one of Australia's fine food fishes found in the Condamine and other northern rivers of Australia. Premium quality pure fur felt, fully lined. Reeded roan leather sweatband. Made in Australia.  $194.00

Size Options:  Color Choices: 

Burke and Wills Hat by Akubra $225.00

  • Premium quality pure fur felt

  • Pre-creased center crease crown with side dents

  • 5" high at the front, 5-1/2" high at the sides

  • 4" brim, raw edge

  • Horse hair hat band

  • Fully lined

  • Premium reeded roan leather sweatband

  • No chin strap hooks

  • Color is Sand

  • Sizes 7 through 7-5/8

Burke n Wills custom shaped into a ‘Quigley’
or ‘Open Range’ pictured below $245.00.

NOTE: The above demonstration is designed to give you accurate views of the hat from all angles. In the photos however the hat appears slightly lighter in color than it actually is. The color is LIGHT SAND as in the photos and sample swatch to the right.

AKUBRA HAT SHAPING

These hats are just a few of the hats
we custom shape (photos above & below).

We custom shape several other Akubra hats
too and will be posting photos here soon.

These hats were Inspired by the hat worn by
Tom Selleck in “Quigley Down Under”

 

Tom Selleck’s magazine photo as Inspired by the hat
worn by Tom Selleck in “Last Stand at Saber River” (1997)

 

 
Akubra History
This 10 minute video will not only take you on a journey through Akubra's rich history,
it will also show you how their iconic hats are made and how they should be cared for.
 
 
Akubra Fairfax Winning Through Video
Akubra Managing Director, Stephen Keir, speaks to John Petty from Winning Through,
about the Akubra Family business and why it continues to be such a valued industry model.

The Boss Hat by Akubra
The Boss is a hat that shows the on-going love affair between Australia and America - a happy melding of rolled up sides, downswept front and back brim and tapered open telescope crown. The raw-edge brim is 3-1/2 inches wide and the pre-creased crown is 4 inches high, fully lined. Made from Akubra's Imperial Quality pure fur felt, The Boss has a brass-studded leather band. There are chin strap hooks set inside the crown for easy attachment of a chin strap. Reeded roan leather sweatband. Made in Australia.$162.00
Size Options: 
Color Choices: 
Kiandra Hat by Akubra
The Kiandra, from the Akubra range of town and country hats, is named for a town in the Kosciusko National Park in New South Wales. The crown, about 4 inches high at the front, 4-1/2 inches at the sides, has a center crease with front pinch. The hat has a 3 inch raw edge brim with rolled sides, down in front and rear. Imperial Quality, pure fur felt. It is fully lined, with chin strap hooks set inside the crown for easy attachment of a chin strap. Reeded roan leather sweatband. The ornamental leather band has a braided overlay in the center, bronze Akubra nameplate. Made in Australia.
$155.00
Size Options: 
Color Choices: 
Pilbara Hat by Akubra
The Pilbara has a high crown and wide brim to give outstanding protection from the sun. The raw-edge brim is 3-5/8 inches wide and the pre-creased crown is 4-3/4 inches high at the front, 5-1/4 inches high at the sides, eyeletted and fully lined. The pure fur felt is Akubra's Imperial Quality. The attached ornamental band has bronze fittings. There are chin strap hooks set inside the crown for easy attachment of a chin strap. Reeded roan leather sweatband. Made in Australia. $170.00
Size Options: 
Color Choices: 
Snowy River Hat by Akubra
The Snowy River is a pre-creased stockman's hat from Akubra, a classic Australian outback hat. It has a pinched telescope crown and a brim with rolled sides with front and back turned down. This enduring outback style may be worn over the eyes or well back on the head in typical Australian fashion. The brim is 3-1/4 inches wide, with a raw edge. The pure fur felt is Akubra's Imperial Quality. The hat is fully lined and has a leather ornamental band with sueded insert and chin strap hooks set inside the crown for easy attachment of a chin strap. Reeded roan leather sweatband. Made in Australia.  $
155.00
Size Options: 
Color Choices: 

The Coober Pedy by Akubra
The Coober Pedy by Akubra is a popular fur-felt hat for both city and country wear. The 3-1/4 inch bound edge brim, tilted down in front and back for protection from sun or rain, is dinkum Aussie. The pre-creased crown is 4 inches high at the front, 4-1/2 inches at the sides, eyeletted and fully lined, with a half inch ribbon band. There are chin strap hooks set inside the crown for easy attachment of a chin strap. The pure fur felt is Akubra's Imperial Quality. Reeded roan leather sweatband. Made in Australia.  $
155.00
Size Options: 
Color Choices: 

We offer customers the following custom hat services:

  • crown and brim adjustments

  • crown and brim shaping

  • brim trimming

  • long oval shaping

  • professional fitting.

All these services are included in our show and fair prices. If needed, we will also reshape your hat for you at no charge.

  • On mail order add $20.00 for any custom work.

  • Standard S&H: $8.00 West Coast /
    $16.00
    East Coast

 
Below are a few samples of the many custom shapes possible for your Akubra hat. Any of the shapes can be mixed and matched to create the style you are looking for. Sometimes all it takes is a minor adjustment to give you the perfect look.
We also have many types and styles of hatbands for the final touch of making your hat unique.
Kiandra in Open Range Kiandra modified pinch front brim slightly lowered side Kiandra modified pinch front brim slightly lowered horse hair hat band
Kiandra modified pinch front brim slightly lowered rear Kiandra modified pinch front brim slightly lowered Pilbara gus and Outback brim side
Pilbara gus and Outback brim with leather hat band side Pilbara gus and Outback brim with leather hat band Pilbara gus and Outback brim
Pilbara gus and rolled brim side Pilbara gus and small mule kick Pilbara gus and rolled brim
Pilbara Open Range front Pilbara Open Range rear Pilbara Open Range rolled brim side rear
Pilbara Open Range rolled brim side Pilbara Open Range rolled brim Pilbara Open Range with Outback brim
Pilbara with gus and Outback brim Pilbara with gus and rolled brim Pilbara with tall gus, mule kick and rolled brim side
Coober Pedy Montana Peak top Coober Pedy Montana Peak Coober Pedy Open Range with acorns
Coober Pedy Open Range side Coober Pedy Open Range Coober Pedy semi -gus and rolled brim
Coober Pedy semi-gus and rolled brim rear Coober Pedy semi-gus and rolled brim side Kiandra in Montana Peak side
Kiandra in Montana Peak Kiandra in Open Range rear Kiandra in Open Range side

CLICK HERE To Learn more about AKUBRA hats including cleaning & care instructions,
a step by step process of how they are made and an interesting history about the company.

 
 
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