When you think of Australian hats, the Akubra is perhaps the most iconic. The Akubra hat has been around for more than 100 years. Akubra began as a small family business in Tasmania and has gone on to employ over 90 people in Kempsey, NSW. You can read all about the rich and interesting history of this Aussie headwear in the book Akubra – Handcrafted History, available from Eagle Wools, an Akubra hats Perth stockist.
The work that goes into making just one hat is incredible. There are an amazing 162 total steps, 50 different people and 6 to 8 rabbits needed to create each and every Akubra hat.
You only need to visit any farm or station in any part of the country to see how enduringly popular these iconic hats are. They’re so sturdy and strong that no other headwear withstands the heat and the elements like an Akubra. Australian people have been wearing these hats throughout two world wars because they do the job. The company, that also produces a range of belts, bags and wallets, made a number of the slouch hats worn by the Aussie army in both world wars. They’re an enduring and iconic symbol of the Australian people.
Akubra is a name that’s synonymous with good old-fashioned Australian quality with the company itself standing behind each and every product they make. In fact, the business is still kept in the original family that founded it. If you have any issues at all with your hat, they’ll fix or completely refurbish it. This is pretty unusual in this day and age. So, when you purchase a proudly Australian Akubra product, you can be assured that you’re making an investment in a product that will last a lifetime.