Failsworth – A History

Failsworth Tweed

Here’s a little insight into one of our newest brands, Failsworth.

A Brief History

Failsworth was originally established in 1875 under the name ‘Maypole Hat Works’. In 1881 the company relocated to Claremont street, Failsworth, Manchester where they became ‘The New Failsworth Hat Manufacturing Company’. They stayed in the same factory (the largest hat factory in Europe) for over 100 years, becoming ‘Failsworth Hats Limited’ in 1940, and moving to new premises in 1998.

During the war, Failsworth supplied the RAF with hand crafted helmets and made ‘special equipment’ for commando frogmen. In the 1950s, the Failsworth name became well known within retail and they began to supply shops like Selfridges and Harrods.

From the beginning, selling about 15,000 hats a year to the present, making over 2 million, Failsworth has been well developed – and with their keen sense of keeping up to date with the latest trends and fashion, Failsworth will no doubt be running for many years to come.

Ethics and sourcing

Failsworth only use products that have been ethically sourced and will only work with companies who share the same beliefs. They regularly visit different parts of the world where they source only the best materials and learn different manufacturing techniques from people in different countries. They continually review procedures and strengthen their ethical policies.

We are pleased to be stocking Failsworth hats, offering British styling and quality at extremely competitive prices, and have picked three of our favourites below.

Failsworth 'Adventurer' Wide Brim Hat, English Waterproof Country Cap, English 'Malaga' Hat

Failsworth ‘Adventurer’ Wide Brim Hat (£29)

This traditional English Failsworth wide-brim hat is available in two earthy shades of light felt. Features complementary adjustable strap belt with contrasting yellow stitching.

Fully crushable, ensuring it’s perfect for travel – simply unpack, shake and it’s ready to wear!

Failsworth English Waterproof Country Cap (£26)

A traditional Failsworth tweed country cap, with Porelle liner and water-resistant fabric. Offers warmth, durability and style.

Failsworth English ‘Malaga’ Hat (£15)

Classic summer Failsworth fedora in natural straw, with interior sweatband. Features canvas ribbon trim with leather detail and brass adjuster.