Owen Barry Sheepskin Trapper Hat - Garth
Unisex tie trapper hat hand cut and made from European merino sheepskin (or shearling - depending on which side of the Atlantic you hail from).
Garth is a very easy and comfy style to wear, it has a very practical & easy fit, the depth of the hatband is perfect, not too shallow and not too deep - I know that sounds like Goldilocks, but it is so true the depth of the band is such a crucial part of a tie trapper hat !- if is too deep you can't see out and if it's too shallow you are forever thinking the hat is going to fall off or blow away in the wind - but this one is so comfy.
The skin isn't too heavy, it is soft and warm, but not too dense and heavy, so it is perfect for every day, walking the dog and generally cold weather usage. The versatility of this hat and sheepskin means that it is perfect for both men and women in equal measure, in fact - fights could ensue, but OB takes no responsibility for "domestics".
The ties are matching the hat, and quickly retain the earflaps above your head or under the chin.
We have Garth in several colours with a variety of wool finishes, some with curly and some ironed wool and the Brown aviator colour has a slight napalan (leather finish). The napalan might offer a little be more rain resistance, but really the skin is pretty robust - all sheepskin should repel the rain to a fair degree, neither sueded or napalan will be totally waterproof - you need a sou'wester for that!
Our standard hat size is 58cms, 58cms is measured around the circumference of your head, just above your ears and across the forehead, the “natural” position for a hat to sit. We find this to be a universally easy unisex fit, (many of our hat styles are design to appeal to a unisex audience). All sheepskin has an amount of natural stretch and elasticity, also of course, if there is a fair amount of wool, this will bed down a little over time.
If you have a particularly small or large head and would like a bespoke fitting hat, please contact us via email or phone.
Hurricane Merino Curly
Hurricane Curly Merino Skin has been a long-time favourite in the Owen Barry Shearling collection.
It is a hard wearing skin with a stunning texture in its curly wool.
The outside of the pelt has a leather or slight Napalan finish applied, Napalan is both a protective and a fashion finish, the leather surface can offer more protection against staining and grubbiness than a standard suede.
The Hurricane napalan has an aged look which it distresses more over time accentuating the vintage look, this makes Hurricane Napalan our first choice for Aviator type jackets, it also gives hats & accessories a real outdoors feel.
Snow Cap - Sometimes we select the Hurricane to have snow-capped wool, this tipping effect gives a stunning texture and emphasises the curly finish by giving a depth of shading to the wool.
If you would like to see cuttings of any of our Hurricane sheepskins to help you make your choice please visit our customisation page and send an email
Merino Curly Sheepskin (Shearling):- The characteristic of curly sheepskins is one of the most natural, essentially, the fleece is left soft and curly as you would find in nature. The wool is dense and warm, giving your winter coat a snuggly cosy feel.
The pelt side can be finished with either sueded or napalan (leather) surface.
Sueded: OB hand select all their skins to ensure that the suede surface is always soft and sensual, with a slight velvet nap on the suede.
Napalan: Is both a protective and a fashion finish, the leather surface can offer more protection against staining and grubbiness.
In our Somerset workshops every skin is painstakingly matched for every coat, by toning with adjoining skins we ensure that the garment is completely consistent in colour and texture all over, matching is a very skilled process, with many years training to perfect, if the matching process is not carried out to the highest standard, a shearling garment can include many multicoloured panels, OB also match the wool side of the coat as well ensuring that when you open it, inside there is a consistency throughout.
If you would like to see cuttings of any of our Merino Curly Sheepskins to help you make your choice please visit our customisation page and send an email
Merino Sueded Sheepskin
Five generations of the Barry family have been tanning and selecting sheepskin and leathers, so when it comes to choosing the finest, we feel we have a pretty good inherent knowledge.
Merino Ironed Sheepskin is recognised as being the finest shearling in the marketplace, these exquisite skins have a plush velvet-like ironed wool and a super silky suede, they are medium to lightweight, the perfect skin for the finest sheepskin garment.
Merino sheepskin has a way of "falling" when manufactured is stunning, second to none and the "handle" of these pelts has to be felt to be believed - it is buttery soft and supersensuous like silk.
Merino skins are available in Suede or Napalan finish, this skin is perfect for any occasion and can be worn all season long, in fact, it will become so special, it is doubtful you will want to disrobe come spring !!
If you would like to see cuttings of any Merino shearlings to help you make your choice please visit our customisation page and send an email
A medium would be a 56-58cm head. If you would like the smaller size please include this on the order notes and we can get one cut especially. Please just allow an extra few days for the delivery.
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