Daily Archives: June 1, 2022

Hats Off in London

You’ll find a history of sartorial excellence on St. James’s Street in London—namely, at Lock & Co. Not only is it the oldest hat shop in London, but it’s also the oldest hat shop in the world and one of the oldest family-owned businesses in existence. Dating to 1676, the shop is credited with the invention of the bowler hat. Their hats have crowned the head of many a luminary, such as socialite Beau Brummell, author Oscar Wilde, Admiral Lord Nelson (who wore their bicorne into the Battle of Trafalgar) and Sir Winston Churchill, who made their Cambridge and Homburg hats part of his signature style. Now run by the seventh generation of the Lock family, the shop boasts two Royal Warrants.