Our Straw

The Milan straw is made of a natural wheat, grown & harvested almost exclusively in China. In many years past, these strands of wheat were once also grown in parts of Japan, Germany & Italy. By the early 20th century, small rural towns in China became the main producers and suppliers of this wheat straw; mostly due to climate, foundations, and soil work. Few manufacturers still produce the traditional finely braided & golden hued hats from wheat straw, as opposed to the man-made synthetic fibers.

 

The wheat is grown & harvested, then split into long strands and braided into fine ropes by hand. From here, these braids of wheat straw are sent to the States to be sewn together by specific 1940s vintage machines. From the fineness of braid, the millimeters sewn, and the beautiful natural colors, we work closely with our supplier to ensure we are getting the best of the bunch. All so we can make the best hat available in these rare materials. We then receive our hat bodies, block and finish them by hand in our store.

 

Despite the Milans layered braids, the Milan straw hats are durable and lightweight. These intricately woven hats can withstand significant wear and still boast their beautiful golden hues.

 

 

pricing

ready to wear

 

Dress Weight 

  Approx. 4.5oz will feel lighter, softer, and more malleable

Pure Beaver   soft & durable, best in wet weather, finer, smooth   $550

Mink & Beaver Belly Blends dense, soft with luxur hand  $700

 

 

Western Weight

  Approx. 7.5oz of more dense and durable structure to maintain

  shape well over time; comparable to a cowboy hat

50/50 Blend  a blend of Hare and Beaver furs   $500

Pure Beaver        $600

Mink & Beaver Belly Blends   $800

 

BESPOKE

Dress Weight 

  Approx. 4.5oz will feel lighter, softer, and more malleable

Pure Beaver    soft & durable, best in wet weather, finer, smooth   $650

Mink & Beaver Belly Blends dense, soft with luxur hand  $800

 

 

Western Weight

  Approx. 7.5oz of more dense and durable structure to maintain

  shape well over time; comparable to a cowboy hat

50/50 Blend          $600

Pure Beaver         $700

Mink & Beaver Belly Blends   $900

 

Additions

   Additional customization

Bound Edges  hand-sewn trimming along brim  $75

4"+ Brim  extended brim length  $50

Pencil Curl  rolled or curled brim edge often used in western styles  $35

Name/Initial Sweatband Stamping  approx 15 characters per line  $35

Vintage Trimming  our pre 1960 archive selection of trimming  $35

Hat Box  high quality USA made  $75

Hat Brush  handmade with boar bristle, made in England  $75

Pins  unique selection of vintage & handmade pins, starting at  $15

Beaded Hat Bands  southwestern glass beads starting at  $125

Leather Hat Bands  custom handmade leather bands, starting at  $40

Felt Finishes

  Different finish offerings are all included in bespoke hat pricing above

Bald / Standard  hours of meticulous pouncing removes long hairs to create a smooth, matte like finish 

Satin  more texture & nap than the bald finish, giving the hat a little more character & lustrous feel  

Long Hair  a longer nap of the fur, groomed in a uniformed direction for a unique, fun & elegant finish  

How to Order

We offer over the phone and in-person consultations and fitting appointments.

Call or email orders@wellemahatco.com to get the conversation started! 

 

A non-refundable deposit is required to get your order started. The remaining balance is due upon the hats completion. 

Colors & Swatches

The swatches below represent a general color palette and not the true texture or shade of the finished hat
White

White

Sand

Sand

Bone

Bone

Camel

Camel

Sahara

Sahara

Natural

Natural

Pecan

Pecan

Whiskey

Whiskey

Rust

Rust

Brown

Brown

Silverbelly

Silverbelly

Silvermist

Silvermist

Steel

Steel

Granite

Granite

Dark Grey

Dark Grey

Yellow

Yellow

Gold

Gold

Orange

Orange

Pink

Pink

Red

Red

Burgundy

Burgundy

Purple

Purple

Powder Blue

Powder Blue

Navy

Navy

Royal Blue

Royal Blue

Willow

Willow

Turquoise

Turquoise

Kelly Green

Kelly Green

Moss

Moss

Forest Green

Forest Green

Black Cherry

Black Cherry