Dating back to the 19th century, the Pork-Pie Hat, characterized by its unique flat top and circular crease, drew its nomenclature from the classic British meat pie. As the decades passed, its significance evolved, cementing its position as a hallmark of refined style.
Silver Screen Elegance: In the cinematic world of the 1940s and 1950s, this hat carved a niche for itself. Adorned by legends like Buster Keaton and in later years, personalities such as Walter White from Breaking Bad, the Pork-Pie Hat became a symbol of depth, distinction, and subtle defiance.
A Nod to the Jazz Age: The mid-20th century jazz movement further elevated its stature. Icons such as Lester Young and Thelonious Monk championed the Pork-Pie Hat, turning it into an emblem of musical prowess and effortless sophistication.
Simon and Mary - A Tradition of Excellence: Our heritage, established in 1935, speaks volumes of our commitment to the craft. From our Johannesburg based hat factory, we've been shaping wool felt hats that embody tradition coupled with contemporary elegance. Simon and Mary’s 2014 launch was a testament to our dedication to breathing new life into revered classics, and our interpretation of the Pork-Pie Hat stands as a shining example.
A Special Invitation: In appreciation of our rich past and to honour the legacy of the Pork-Pie Hat, we extend to you an exclusive opportunity to acquire your own. We invite you to experience the blend of history and craftsmanship that defines every Simon and Mary piece.
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