Christys' London

Our History

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Our History

Christys’ & Co has been manufacturing fine hats in England since 1773 through eight generations odf the Christy family and across nine reigns of British royals starting with King George III. Christys’ is the only company in the world still making high quality top hats and bowlers in the traditional way, using hatting skills established over 200 years ago and keeping a valuable British industry very much alive.

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Today Christys’ is working with an array of famous designers, providing hats for catwalk collections and customers around the world. The Christys’ London brand was established by Miller Christy in 1773 who, following his apprenticeship to a hatter in Edinburgh, created his own company which was to grow over several generations. Christys’ place in history was assured when Prince Albert started wearing the company’s top hats in the 1950s and Christys’ has supplied hats of many styles to members of the royal family ever since.

Christys’ & Co has amassed years of skills with unparalleled workmanship and individual attention to detail. Today Christys’ offers a collection for men and for woman ranging from traditional to fashion forward with a contemporary edge. Christys’ edge. Christys’ hats are found in society magazines, on television “style” programmes, at equestrian events and at the most fashionable of weddings. Christys’ supplies bespoke ranges for the military and for police forces, indeed those visiting London will come across Metropolitan police officers smartly dressed in a Christys’ Hat.

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The large red boxes with the “Christys’ London” name embossed in gold are a familiar sight wherever quality hats are sold. Throughout the world when people see a Christys’ hat they know there has been no compromise in quality and that the hat on their head bears the tradition started by Miller Christy in England many years ago.

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