Even if you've already got an iconic, American-made Stetson hat, you probably don't have one like this.
Though the classic Stetsons will always be available and you may think there's nothing new (or at least nothing new that's not ridiculous) in the world of hats, Albertus Swanepoel's 2010 collection has rendered us speechless. These fabulous, spicy hats are masculine and creative, with lush materials and colorful, yet handsome plumage.
"It's a great honor to collaborate with a legacy brand such as Stetson. They are the Rolls Royce of hats to me in America and I'm thrilled to be associated with this brand," said Swanepoel. "This is also is a great opportunity for me to inject a more modern sensibility into their iconic designs."
And that he did. Inspired by everything from vintage cars to modern films and even art, he has created an alluring collection of attractive hats that appeal to ages 8 to 80. Above, for example is the "Pablo," a 100 percent fur felt pork pie dress hat which has coloring and an unusual bow placement influenced by the works of Pablo Picasso (retails for $200.00). Fewer than 50 of this hat will be made.
Select styles from the limited edition Albertus Swanepoel for Stetson collection are available now from Hartford York for pre-order, to ship in September, and will be available at Barneys stores nationwide. Check out the full 14-hat collection -- and their inspirations -- below.
Gallery: Albertus Swanepoel for Stetson