Christy & Co have been manufacturing fine hats in England since 1773, through eight generations of the Christy family and across nine reigns of British royals starting with King George III. By the end of the 19th Century, Christys were the largest hat manufacturer in the world, with major production facilities in London and Stockport. Christys still makes the fur melusine top hats and bowler hats in the same traditional way, using hatting skills established over 200 years ago and keeping a valuable British industry very much alive.
The Christys’ London brand was established by Miller Christy in 1773 following completion of his apprenticeship as a hatter in Edinburgh. Christys’ place in history was assured when Prince Albert started wearing the company’s top hats in the 1850s and Christys has supplied hats of many styles to members of the royal family as well as to many noteworthy hat wearers such as Winston Churchill (wearer of a Christys’ Homburg) ever since.
Perhaps, closer to heart will be the The Godfather Hat, worn by the lead character Don Corleone in the Godfather films is in fact the “Homburg Hat” made by Christys of London.
Christy & Co has amassed hat making skills which ensure unparalleled workmanship and individual attention to detail. Today, Christys’ offers a collection of men's and women's hats ranging from traditional to fashion styles with a contemporary edge. Christys’ hats have also developed collections for renowned British designers such as Margaret Howell and Paul Smith.
Look out for a carefully selected range of Made In England hats for the discerning man.