Behind the Scenes at Patey Hats Factory
Enjoy exclusive private tours of Patey Hats’ closed workshops and finishing rooms. Traditional hatters since 1695, the tours offer a rare glimpse of the skilled craftspeople at work. Followed with an open question and answer session.
Patey Hats are proud to have been awarded a royal warrant, and produce hats for customers around the world. Their corporate work includes the world's finest hotels, international theatre and the film industry. They have close ties to the ceremonial world, hand making hats for the Tower of London, Royal Chelsea Hospital and all that lies between. No state occasion would be complete without the astonishing work produced in the little South London workshops.
The tour begins with a brief introduction to hat history in the UK and the role of hats in our present culture. Understand the various techniques used to create a goss hat body, and how and why these techniques have evolved.
Guests have the opportunity to meet the Hatters and Finishers and ask questions about their skills. Several styles of hat, across many disciplines, are available for you to inspect. A fun photo opportunity – so bring your camera and best hat smile.