Desperado fedora designer cowboy hat seeks Americana fan for rodeo mischief

The Desperado designer cowboy hat

Hey y’all! I’m one classy Vera Black designer cowboy hat who WLTM an Americana nut who loves a good old hoedown. You might be into country, roots or bluegrass. Maybe you just love the general Americana vibe, the fashion or the food – who could say no to something sticky cooked over flames? Whatever your passion you just gotta go all in. 

Vera has made me out of tan coloured felt that she burnt and distressed so each version of me is truly individual. Next up is a fabric hat band with a cool bird motif. An all American eagle concho holds on a wild turkey feather that exactly matches my other colours. I’m finished off with important little touches like the iconic star stitching on the crown and custom stitching on the brim.

Who else wears a Vera Black designer cowboy hat?

Vera has made hats for a range of Americana stars like Elles Bailey, Drake White, Everette and Rson the Voice of Reason from Gangstagrass, but you don’t need to be famous to be my pardner. You just need to be a whole lotta fun. Of course it will help if you know all the Americana songs! If you are a guy I expect to be tipped to the ladies – or whoever takes your fancy, if you’re a gal you need to peer out seductively under my brim. But seriously, just do whatever makes you happy. I’ve no time for the depressed cowboy type who sings about being so blue that even his self-driving car has left him.

My designer cowboy hat status complements absolutely every type of Americana outfit and you know what? Every outfit becomes Americana style when you slip me on. So let’s make sweet fashion together and make a real statement when we saunter off into the sunset.

Click here to see my profile, but don’t be shy or I may go off dancin’ with someone else!

If I’m not quite the one for you (maybe I’m just too upbeat and positive?) y’all can always check out the other Vera Black designer hats here.

5 reasons why everyone loves black cowboy hats

Luke wearing one of the black cowboy hats at Long Road festival

Our black cowboy hats are always popular with our online customers or in one of our pop up shops in the Americana festivals. Of course, our cowboy hats are a bit different: designed by Vera Black herself and handmade in the UK, they fuse Americana, rock’n’roll with a cheeky edge of pirate mischief. As shown by Luke in the photo above as he takes a break in front of the Vera Black pop up shop at the Long Road festival.  But why are our black cowboy hats so popular? We’ve got five reasons for you.

1) Black cowboy hats are iconic

The black cowboy hat is one of those iconic looks. Black goes with everything. The hats can be formal or informal and they never go out of style.

Check out this epic El Noro Oro fedora (the name means Black Gold in English).

2) Black cowboy hats can lend an air of respectability or mischief


It’s a bit like the British love of tea. Need a quick pick-me-up? Have a cup of tea. Need to calm down and relax? Have a cup of tea. 

A black cowboy hat can add gravitas to an outfit, yet the same hat worn with a different style of clothes – or even attitude – can suggest an air of mischief, or even an edge of danger.

Here is the talented model and photographer Matthew Jake Pomroy with a moody black and white self-protrait in one of our bespoke black fedoras.

3) Black cowboy hats work with many different styles

They can suit the gothic look as shown by the Nighthawk Fedora in our Sleepy Hollow fashion video, the rock star look with our ever-popular Hombre hat. Or with a bit of extra pazazz, they merge with the steampunk look as shown by our Vamp top hat.

4) And black is the perfect base for bold colours

Black cowboy hats don’t have to stay black. Check out our stunning Ruby Tuesday gambler hat. We also do a vibrant Midnight Express model in both fedora and gambler hat styles. For the times when you really want to turn heads!

5) But black and silver will always be a kick ass combination

Black cowboy hats always look fantastic with silver features. Two colours; perfectly suited to give an air of laid-back class! Take our killer Tomahawk fedora, with the silver and black amhurst pheasant feather, that matches perfectly with the labradorite and blank onyx stone pendants. Or the Copperhead Gambler with its extra silver crescent moon and skull pendant at the back. 

The dilemma is not about whether a black cowboy hat is perfect for you, but which of our black cowboy hats are perfect for you!

Check out our full range of cowboy hats here.


The black fedora hat – an all-round style classic

The Nighthawk black Fedora hat

A black fedora hat, blue 501s with a white t-shirt, a short skirt with knee-high boots; they’re all laid back style classics. Go with one of these looks and you’ll get the right sort of attention.

If you’re being formal a little black dress or a sharp suit will do the job – even better with a black fedora hat to really sharpen the look.

At a festival? Black jeans with a black t-shirt, a boho dress with cowboy boots, a checked shirt with shorts, a cropped top with dungaree shorts will all nail the festival look. You could top it off with hair feathers, beaded necklaces or chokers, but a black fedora hat perfects the festival bad-ass look. In fact you can wear almost anything with one of our fedoras to rock the festival look.

Yes, Vera designs fedoras in all sorts of colours, but the black fedora just seems to exude that extra piece of class. Whether it is all themed around black or bursting with exuberant colours and feathers.

Which black fedora hat is perfect for me?

You can stay all black like our classic Nighthawk fedora  (shown in our main image above), our fearless Tomahawk fedora or the striking El Capitan fedora. These are complete all rounders – perfect for casual, festival or formal wear. They also match perfectly with the gothic look.

The Hombre Fedora hat

Or add a bit of attitude like the macho Hombre fedora hat with rooster and pheasant feathers, or nail the cowboy fedora look with the Rancho fedora with its artful distressed burn effect.

And of course, black is the perfect backdrop for bright vibrant colours. You’ll always stand out in the crowd with these stunning black fedora hats.

The El Nero Oro (which translates to ‘black gold’) fedora uses a striking mix of vintage paisley silk on the hat band with rooster and pheasant feathers. The Midnight Express fedora explodes with vibrant colour while the Hendrix fedora boasts outrageous vintage vibes. You will never be short of compliments with these striking fedoras!

See the full range of our fedora hats here and add some effortless eye-catching style to your wardrobe today! 

The Festival Hat : Designed to make you feel fantastic!

Susie Williams wearing a Vera Black festival hat

A festival hat is not just to make you stand out (or even fit in) at a festival. Whilst it’s true that a festival hat will turn people’s heads, it doesn’t mean they can only be worn where there’s a party vibe. You can wear it when you feel like it: when going to a bar, out for a walk, maybe when you’re buying groceries. Sure, you can keep it for when you want to feel special, but a festival hat can spark up any outfit.

The three main benefits of wearing a festival hat:

  • You feel great
  • You look great
  • People will want to interact with you

Some people feel as if they need permission to wear a Vera Black festival hat, but that’s just nonsense! They say things like “I’m not sure it’s me” or “I’m not really cool enough to carry it off” Eventually they buy a hat that is perfect for them and we know we’re going to hear from them again:

“I love my hat, it’s given me so much confidence!” or “I get so many compliments when I wear it” 

It’s so rewarding hearing your customers thanking you for selling them your hat! We’ve written more about the psychological benefits of wearing festival hats here.

So who actually wears a Vera Black festival hat?

The obvious point we are making here is that anyone can rock a festival hat. The photo at the top of the article is of a customer, Susie Williams, not a celebrity. However, we have lots of celebrity customers.

Eva Green wearing Vera Black

Here’s film director Tim Burton’s muse and James Bond actress Eva Green wearing a bespoke gambler hat, plus bespoke necklaces designed by Vera.

Staying with actresses here’s Doctor Who, The Spanish Princess and Half Bad actress Nadia Parkes in her bespoke gambler.

Nadia Parkes wearing a Vera Black festival hat
Elles Bailey wearing a Vera Black fedora hat

Moving to the rock star look we have the award-winning blues and roots singer Elles Bailey.

Elles was styled by Vera for what has now become an iconic photoshoot. You can read about this in our interview with Elles about self image, touring in covid times and opening for Van Morrison here.

Elles has no end of our hats, but here are two of her bespoke fedoras.

Elles Bailey in a white Vera Black fedora hat

Another familiar face wearing our festival hats is the King of the Slide Guitar Troy Redfern and his trademark Vera Black gambler hats. You can even buy the Redfern Rambler that one of his iconic hats was based on. See our interview Troy where he discussed his own style of live improvisation, his love of art and the making of his new album The Wings of Salvation here.

We have also styled Oritsé Williams, once a member of pop group JLS, now a singer-songwriter, dancer and record producer.

Here he is wearing our El Capitan fedora hat which looks amazing on people who like to wear a lot of black – even to festivals! 

Oritsé Williams wearing a Vera Black festival hat

Here is classic rock star Arielle with her Vera Black gambler and her guitars that she designed with Queen legend Brian May.

The many styles of a festival hat

Photo: Photographer and artist Tegan

The basic job of a hat is to keep the wearer warm, cool, dry or shield them from the sun. The festival hat does all this in style! If you’re going to a music festival like Glastonbury or Coachella, or maybe something outrageous like Burning Man, you might want something a bit special on your head. Aside from making you look awesome, it can also help your friends find you in the crowd!

But not everyone wants to be that flamboyant. You might be heading to a local gig, an open mic night at your local bar, or just a friend’s barbecue. A good festival hat brings the happy, free-spirited vibes wherever you wear it. It is also perfect for those times when you really can’t be bothered to dress up, but it is expected of you. Just put on something easy and slip on your festival hat and you’re good to go.

So what is the best style of festival hat?

The easy answer here is whatever you like and that suits your own style. Just a quick reminder that you don’t need anyone’s permission to wear a kick ass hat! Wear what you like. You can message us here to talk about what style of hat might suit you best – just drop a link to your Instagram or other social media account so we can get a flavour of your style. You can also take it further and order bespoke hats that are specifically created for you.

You can see all of our festival hats here.

Fedora hats

The fedora hat is the classic rock n roll hat. They’re classy and can just as easily be worn to a wedding as a festival. You can keep it fairly simple like our Tomahawk fedora or make an entrance with something like our El Nero Oro fedora.

The Tomahawk fedora hat

The El Nero Oro fedora hat

You can see the full range of our fedora hats here. They are a fantastic festival hat that you can wear to a variety of occasions. We’ve written a number of articles about fedoras to help you decide which style is right for you.

Gambler hats

Gambler hats have a rebellious edge to them. In a movie you would might expect the dashing hero to wear a fedora (like Indianna Jones). The maverick character who can’t be relied upon to play it straight (like Crocodile Dundee) would wear a gambler. This is not a huge surprise as this hat style originated from the hats that gamblers wore on floating casinos in the US.

So if you’re feeling full of mischief (or think it’s about time you got up to some mischief) a gambler makes the perfect festival hat. It’s not a one trick pony either. Gamblers look very sharp with formal clothes. They are just as happy in the middle of a festival field, in a late night speakeasy bar, worn with jeans on the school run, or with a LBD or sharp suit at a business event. 

You can see our full range of gambler hats here. You can make a big statement with our Ruby Tuesday gambler hat or the Tequila Sunrise gambler. Or rock a more muted vibe with the Sierra gambler, or the Copper Head gambler.

If you want more information about gambler hats see our article What is a gambler hat and why should I wear one?

When does a festival hat become a cowboy (or cowgirl) hat?

The UK Americana music scene is massive and growing year on year. We practically sold out of our hats at the 2022 Country to Country (C2C) show in London and Black Deer was also insanely busy. You can read our report on the 2022 C2C show here.

Many of our hats have an Americana vibe – you can check out our full range of cowboy hats here. Our Arizona fedora hat and the Rose Sunset fedora hat are great examples. But our whole range of festival hats are very popular with Americana fans, especially when they are feeling the festival vibe!

Arizona fedora hat

 Rose Sunset fedora hat

Vera Black and Luke wearing cowboy hats at the C2C show

Here’s Vera and Luke celebrating selling pracitcally all their hats at the C2C stall in 2022. They are pictured in front of their iconic 1972 Dodge Boogie van. 

They have since added a vintage caravan called Elvis to their pop up shop experience. Keep an eye out for it at future shows!

Vera with Crissie from The Shires who has been a long time customer of ours. They were filming for the UK TV show This Morning where the presenter Josie Gibson had a country music style make over and had to choose the perfect hat. The video clip from the show is below.

Crissie Rhodes from The Shires and Vera Black wearing their cow girl hats at the C2C festival.

Are top hats the ultimate festival hats?

Festival hat scene from the Vera Black Sleepy Hollow fashion film

Fun, daring and achingly cool; our top hats really turn heads! They become the centrepiece of any outfit and it’s no surprise that they make you feel taller the moment you put them on. Perfect for any festival outfit, they also fit right into the bohemian, gothic or steampunk vibes. If you like your festival hat to be black and gothic you should check out our Sleepy Hollow fashion video. 

Check out our range of top hats here. 

Our standard (if you can call them that!) top hats are below but contact us if you need a bespoke version.

Rhiannon top hat

Inspired by Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow film and Stevie Nicks, this gorgeous hat features ostrich and peacock feathers. The hat itself is carefully distressed, wrapped with lace and embellished with conchos and moonstone.

The Sleepy Hollow top hat

A gothic beauty featuring black ostrich and pheasant feathers, ebony wood, paua shell and intricate beading.

Take a look at our article Top hat time – inspired by Sleepy Hollow and Stevie Nicks for more ways to wear these iconic hats.

Can I wear a festival hat to a wedding?

Hell yes! Our rock n roll hats love to party, but they can also behave themselves during the boring bits – sorry the formal bits. Hats always used to be worn at formal events so you will look quite the part in your festival hat. After all, it’s not your fault if your hat makes it look as if you could get up to mischief at any time is it?

Check out our article on bohemian wedding hats here. 

Photo by Roxane Nicolas

bohemian wedding photo

And finally…

If you’re thinking of buying a festival hat as a present we have some cunning, outrageous and almost sensible suggestions for finding out their hat size without them realising what you are up to.

How do I buy someone a Vera Black hat as a gift?

If you’re still not sure which hat is perfect for you just browse through all the hats we have in our hat section

Cowboy hat sales go crazy as country music takes hold of the UK

Vera Black and Luke wearing their cowboy hat

A cowboy hat was the most popular item at our pop up shop at the recent Country to Country (C2C) festival. Maybe it was because the C2C festival was cancelled for the last two years due to Covid? Or perhaps that this years London event could have been cancelled due to the 02 Arena being damaged by storm Eunice? Whatever the reasons, the 2022 C2C festival was a huge success, especially for our stall. We almost sold out of our cowboy hats on the first day! You can check out our range of cowboy hats here.

What actually is a cowboy hat?

Admittedly not all our rock n roll hats are specifically cowboy hats. Just as not all UK country music is specifically country music – it takes in pure country, Americana, blues, soul, gospel and rock n roll. Our hat range includes fedoras, gamblers and even top hats. They are worn by musicians, actors, celebrities and all sorts of kick ass people. Especially country music fans! 

Luke and Vera are both wearing a fedora hat in the photo above and this can be thought of as the ever-stylish hat to wear at both informal and formal occasions. Whilst a true cowboy hat with its extra wide brim would be used by a cowboy working out in the sun all day, he would probably wear a fedora for Sunday best or going out in the evening. 

See our in-depth look at the fabulous fedora here. We also have reviews of the perfect fedora for men and women.  And you can see our selection of fedora hats here. 

Is a gambler hat a cowboy hat?

Hell yeah! The gambler hat has a bit of a rebellious streak to it – just as the name suggests. The photo above shows model and actress Stephanie Tripp on the left and Vera both wearing gambler hats, while singer/song writer Abi Phillips on the right wears her custom fedora. The gambler hat is often referred to as a cowboy hat, but it is also the preferred hat style for many musicians such as dirty blues star Troy Redfern who wears his iconic Redfern Rambler

You can find more the history of the gambler hat here and you can see our gambler hat selection here.

Cow girls Stephanie Tripp, Vera Black and Abi Phillips rocking their cow girl hats at the C2C festival.

Yeah, but top hats…?

The Rhiannon Mini Top Hat by Vera Black

Of course top hats aren’t cowboy hats, but who wouldn’t love one of our steam punk inspired top hats? Especially if you really want to stand out at a music festival! There’s no sign of the boring Victorian top hat heritage with our toppers, as you can see with the magnificent Rhiannon Mini Top Hat here.

Our top hats sold ridiculously quickly so we’ll be sure to keep adding them to our online shop. See our article for more information about our super cool top hats and when and how to wear them.

But doesn't it become a cowgirl hat if a woman wears it?

Crissie Rhodes from The Shires and Vera Black wearing their cow girl hats at the C2C festival.

Absolutely! And while many of our cowboy hats are unisex there are a quite a few that are definitely cowgirl hats. You can see Crissie from UK country music super group The Shires wearing her bespoke fedora hat with Vera at the C2C show. Crissie has been a long time customer and she took This Morning presenter Josie Gibson to her favourite festival shop,  Vera Black,  as part of her country music make over! Take a look at the video below to get a feel for the fun of the C2C festival. And to check our Josie’s gorgeous Traveller fedora hat of course! 

The C2C festival is never all hard work…

Whilst we were delighted to be rushed off our feet, we really enjoyed meeting new and old friends. We got to hang out and work with our models, friends and cowgirls. 

Plus we showcased the new cowgirl boot wellies Vera designed for Talolo Boots. Here’s Olivia, Abi and Stephanie rockin’ the “Dallas Dreamer” cowgirl wellies.

Olivia Harriet, Abi Phillips and Stephanie Tripp model festival wellies designed by Vera Black and sold by Talolo boots
Vera Black in her cowboy hat with Bobby Ryder at the C2C festival.

Plus our newest member of staff Bobby Ryder attended his first festival and proved to be a big hit with visitors in his country-style shirt.


Luke Bourne and Bobby Ryder at the Vera Black stall at C2C
George Boydon playing his guitar in the Vera Black Dodge van at the C2C festival.

And keeping up with tradition, we were visited by George Boydon who comes to see us every year at C2C to play guitar in our iconic 1972 Dodge Boogie Van.

See below for a quick tour of the stall with Vera (while carrying baby Bobby Ryder!) – before all the cowboy hats sold out!

But if you’ve sold out of cowboy hats - can I still buy one?

Oh yes! We’re mad busy making more – we still make them ourselves by hand. Most of the hats sold via our online shop are made to order anyway so they are the best size for you. Check out one of Vera’s latest designs below – The Arizona Fedora hat. You can check out our range of cowboy hats here – do let us know if you have any questions.

And pop in and see us at C2C 2023!

13 mood-boosting benefits of wearing festival hats in winter

festival hats purple haze

We are living proof that festival hats bring pleasure all year round! We wear our Vera Black hats all the time for work, rest and play. Admittedly, it is easier to imagine a rock star wearing their hat to work than the average person (Like Singer/songwriter Abi Phillips above). But we know that  you don’t want to be that average person!

Here we bring you scientifically-backed (probably) evidence of the mood-boosting benefits of wearing your festival hat all year, and whenever you can.

If you have a very short attention span, you’re allergic to lists, or if you really want to choose your hat NOW you can browse our festival hats here.

1) Festival hats lift your spirits

You don’t buy a boring hat to wear at a festival! Your hat looks fantastic, but it also has a sense of fun and adventure. Once you slip on your happy hat, your lips will start turning up at the ends into a beautiful smile.

2) Festival hats bring back your happy memories

It may be cold and dark outside now, but putting that hat on your head will remind you of sunny summer festival moments:

  • Crying with laughter when your friend tries to dance on top of the camper van only to fall off on top of a tent
  • Dancing to your favourite band while the sunset paints the sky with vivid colours
  • Kissing that cute stranger who said they liked your hat
  • Maybe even watching the crowd sing back the words to your song while you dazzle them on stage!

3) Your cool hat makes other people happy

You can brighten up other people’s day on a dark Monday – or usher in the weekend early on a Friday. Bring some informality to the workplace, or brighten up a chilly trip to the pub in the evening.

Making other people happy feels good and is sure to lift your own mood.

4) Your warm hat makes YOU happy!

Your festival hat’s original job may be to protect you from the sun (while looking fab obviously), but it also keeps you warm in the winter. Heard of the saying “keep your feet warm by wearing a hat”? It might be something your gran says, but she knows what she’s talking about.

You can keep warm at work by wearing it at your desk, or at home on the sofa while binge-watching Netflix.

vera black and luke bourne with their festival hats

Vera Black, Luke Bourne and their family rockin’ their festival hats over Christmas.

5) You can look damn sexy when it’s cold outside

It’s no secret that festival hats have sex appeal all of their own. It’s the perfect way to stand out of the crowd! You can grab the attention of a special someone with the right hat and just a waggle of your eyebrows? All without splashing bare skin. Then again…

… a warm head may stop you getting cold feet (see previous point), but it will also compensate for a short skirt and boots combo; a plunging cleavage, or the male rock star look of an open shirt with a tangle of necklaces.

6) People want to talk to you when you wear a festival hat

You might be looking sizzlingly sexy, or fun and intriguing, but you’re never alone when you’re wearing a Vera Black hat. It’s not just “I love your hat!” either. People will ask you for directions; have a friendly chat when waiting to be served at the bar, or maybe make a funny comment while you’re waiting in a queue in the supermarket. 

Your fabulous hat makes you interesting and approachable. And good things come from random encounters.

7) Get an instant confidence boost

Not only does a rockin’ hat lift your outfit, it also makes you walk a bit taller (or maybe slouch a bit more artfully?) and if you look more confident, you feel kick-ass!

The Dandy Mini Top Hat

Stephanie Tripp – Model/Actress

8) Your hat can become your muse

Wearing something that has been designed and hand-made with love can’t help but spark creative juices.

Artists of all types often have specific music playlists, drinks, or areas where they get into the zone to write, paint, compose or design. And you don’t have to be a creative genius for this to work. 

Need a new angle for your sales pitch; your customer service email; your blog post (it worked for this one!); your class plan; the way you’re going to propose to the love of your life; the posh dinner you volunteered to cook when you’d drunk too much tequila; your new herb garden design when you only have pots and containers? You get the idea!

9) Keep the rain off your head

Rain falling on your head is one of the most depressing things ever. You can feel your hair getting wetter by the second. Then it runs down your neck. 

Don’t let your smile get washed away, send that cold, wet stuff elsewhere.

10) Look fantastic in the snow

I mean just how Insta friendly is wearing a festival hat while you’re making a snowman?

Just don’t lend your favourite hat to your icy creation!

11) Never have a bad hair day again

Okay, we can’t guarantee  a festival hat will banish all bad hair days, but who gives a crap when your hair hates you when you can cover it with a stunning hat?

You just need to keep it on all day – or at least until you can jump in the shower.

12) Avoid bed hair embarrassment

You get woken up by a delivery (we hope it’s something outrageous, not something mundane) and you have to open the door. 

Wipe the sleep out of your eyes and plonk your festival hat on your head. You’ll look like you’ve been partying all night, so it’s perfectly acceptable to still be in your PJ’s. It should also draw attention away from any nightwear that’s not perhaps as concealing as it could be…

festival hat midnight express

Oliva Harriet – International model

13) You can leave your hat on…

What better way to liven up a dark, boring winter’s evening for your partner than a striptease that leaves you wearing nothing but a stunning hat?

Fluffy bed socks are strictly optional…

Get your festival hat for all seasons!

Grab your hand-made Vera Black festival hat today and wear it for the rest of the year! 

Vera Black hats are made to order so each one is unique/ You need to allow around 4-5 days for the fun side of your life to be created!

Not sure which hat is right for you? Take a look through our entire range of festival hats or check out our posts on our specific types of hat:

Fedora hat

Gambler hat

Top hat

What does your festival hat style say about you?

Now you know the wisdom of wearing your festival hat 365 days a year, it’s time to discover which style of hat is best for your personality. Or maybe you just want to match it to your sense of mischief! 

How do I buy someone a Vera Black hat as a gift?

Vera Black gambler hat and guitar

The obvious first step when buying a Vera Black hat as a gift is to work out which style would suit that person. We have some extra information that answers vital questions about the fedora hat, gambler hat and top hat on these links. However, the next most important thing is to know what size head they have.

The issue here is trying to get this information without making it obvious that you’re buying them a hat.

Three suggestions for finding out someone’s Vera Black hat size by stealth.

1. Trick them into measuring their head for you

“Apparently the smaller your head the brainer you are. My head is 58cm in circumference (just over the ears). What’s yours? Because we both know I’m brainier than you.”

2. Steal one of their hats and measure the inside of it

“Can I borrow this? We’re having a ‘wear your hat to work day’ and I’ve lost mine.”

3. Tell them about the new fashion for wearing belts around your head

Stick with us on this one. Claim that all the cool people are wearing belts around their heads. Whip off your belt and put it round their head, just about the ears. Subtly make a mark on the belt that represents their head diameter. Take a good look at the belt on their head. Even better, take a photo and tag us on Instagram. Then say something along the lines of “Nah, sorry, it really doesn’t suit you.” and remove the belt.

Don’t forget to measure the diameter from the mark on your belt when you get home!

Now you know their size you can find the perfect hat for them.

You’ll find hats for women here and hats for men here.

Vera Black jewellery

Or buy them some Vera Black jewellery instead

Let’s face it. Hats are a big ticket item so why not gift them the pirate, rockstar and gypsy look with some of Vera Black’s handmade jewellery for women or men?

Or maybe some gift vouchers? 

You can buy gift vouchers from £25 to £250 so they can choose exactly what they want and you can be the super-cool friend (who is brainier than them).

PS Is brainier even a word?

The fedora hat – everything you need to know

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The fedora hat has been a style icon since the 1880’s. It has continually been brought back into fashion by the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Johnny Depp and Stevie Nicks. Oh yes, and it’s also known as the Indiana Jones hat!

We love the fedora hat because it is so adaptable to the pirates, rockstars and gypsies look! Here are some of the answers to questions we get asked about this effortlessly cool super-adaptable hat.

Why is it called a fedora hat?

The fedora got its name from the French play Fédora in the 1880’s starring Sarah Bernhardt (possibly the first A-list celebrity?) in the title role of Princess Fédora Romanoff. She wore a soft felt hat with a centre crease and so the fedora was born. Sarah Bernhardt was famous for adapting male fashion and fedoras were taken up by women’s rights activists.

The fedora hat became popular for men in the 1920’s when Prince Edward started wearing a fedora instead of more formal hats. It is now truly a hat for both women and men.

A fedora hat is typically made out of felt and has a wide brim and an indented crown. The indented crown distinguishes it from a gambler hat which has a distinct oval crown.

Fedoras normally have a felt band of some description, but we take this further with our handmade fedora hats. We add fabric bands, faux leather strips, gemstones, feathers and silver conchos to create a unique look. Check out our rock’n’roll Nighthawk fedora, the pirate Hombre hat or the gypsy-inspired Prairie fedora. 

Can I buy a bespoke fedora?

All our hats are hand-made so they are all subtly unique. However we can also make a bespoke fedora hat especially for you. Check out the range of fedoras we offer and let us know what you’d like to add or change. We also have a range of one-off fedoras in our shop. There are so many types of fedora hats. We are only limited by imagination – and we have LOTS of that.

But who actually wears a fedora hat?

Ally Venable wearing a Vera Black fedora hat

Perhaps a different way of asking this question is “Will I look cool in a fedora?”. 

Obviously the answer is yes! Celebrities like Eva Green have bought our fedoras and we think that Ally Venable, the blues guitarist and singer-song-writer (above) looks super cool in her custom fedora hat.

Americana / blues queen Elles Bailey’s fedora hat is such a part of her look that it became a key part of her music artwork. See our Ambassador Interview with Elles here to find out more. 

However, the important point is that we can all channel our inner Stevie Nicks or Johnny Depp.  Fedoras are a great way to both dress up a casual outfit and add a light-hearted touch to more formal outfits. Once you start wearing it, you won’t want to take it off!

You can even wear a fedorea hat to a wedding!

Do you commit to wearing an ice cool Vera Black fedora hat to a wedding?


Our hats are perfect for weddings, for both men and women. They look fantastic when they are worn by both the bride and groom. They bring a touch of rock’n’roll to your outfit while still keeping the formal edge, and they really come into their own when the party starts in the evening! There’s more information about rockin’ the fedora bohemian wedding vibe here.

Elles bailey on the cover of ERB magazine, styled by Vera Black

A selection of our fedoras

You can see the full selection of our fedora hats here but we’ve got a few kick ass examples to show you below.

The Hombre hat – the perfect fedora to bring a touch of rock’n’roll into your life.

The Strawberrry Fields fedora – for a big hit of countryside glamour.

The Apache fedora – cast your eyes to the horizon with this spankin fedora!

The Nighthawk fedora – for those who want to walk on the dark side.

The The Lone Rider fedora  – cool, calm and collected and ready for business.

The El Nero Ora fedora – the name means ‘black gold’!

What size fedora is right for me?

Just measure the circumference of your head by putting a measuring tape around your head, just above your ears. All the hat sizes in our shop show the range of circumferences, but if you are at the edge of a range we suggest you buy a larger hat. We supply small adjusters to help get the perfect fit.

Don’t have a measuring tape? Measure with a piece of string and then measure the piece of string with a ruler!

Any more questions?

If you have any more questions about fedoras or any of our hats just message us via our contact form – or maybe a parrot? We truly live our passion so we love to discuss our products and give advice.

Check out our range of fedora hats today at Vera Black and give your wardrobe a lift, whatever you’re wearing! 

More information about fedora hats with Vera Black

What is a Gambler hat and why should I wear one?

Gambler hat

The gambler hat is a form of cowboy hat associated with gamblers and people who like to take risks – a mix of the wild-west and outback. You might imagine yourself playing poker on a paddle ship floating casino on the Mississippi. Or maybe just flaunting that edgy rockstar pirate gypsy look wherever your gambler hat takes you!

Here are some answers to questions we often get about the rock star of the cowboy hats.

What actually is a gambler hat?

Gambler hats are wide-brimmed hats with a distinct oval crown – as opposed to the indented crown of the fedora hat. They’re basically a cooler version of the cowboy hat. 

They are named after the gamblers, especially card sharps (who used to cheat by manipulating the cards) who used to ply their trades on floating casinos. These floating casinos were less regulated than those on dry land and allowed the gamblers to stay on the move and away from the police. These gamblers became known by the style of hat they preferred and the name stuck.

The modern gambler hat tends to denote someone who is not afraid to be a little different. After all, who wants to look like everyone else?

Gamblers are associated with a laid-back, alternative style so just slip one on your head and remember to swagger! They can be used to spice up more formal outfits, but they are perfect for the pirate, rockstar and gypsy look and we have a wide range of options to suit your personality.

But who wears one?

Eva Green wearing Vera Black

Our Vera Black gambler hats have been worn by a number of celebrities. Here’s Eva Green wearing her bespoke gambler hat, along with a wide range of our jewellery. 

Other celebrity customers include actresses Nadia Parkes and Stephanie Tripp and we even sell a hat – the Redfern Rambler – we designed especially for blues/rock guitarist Troy Redfern.

But it’s not all about what the celebrities look like. We find our gamblers are popular amongst people with very ‘normal’ jobs, who just like to add an extra edge to their outfit on the weekend!


Our Vera Black gambler hats have been worn by a number of celebrities. Here’s Eva Green wearing her bespoke gambler hat, along with a wide range of our jewellery. 

Other celebrity customers include actresses Nadia Parkes and Stephanie Tripp and we even sell a hat – the Redfern Rambler – we designed especially for blues/rock guitarist Troy Redfern.

You can read our Ambassador Interview with Troy Redfern here.

But it’s not all about what the celebrities look like. We find our gamblers are popular amongst people with very ‘normal’ jobs, who just like to add an extra edge to their outfit on the weekend!

Our range of gamblers

You can check out our full range of gambler hats here, but see below for a selection of our gamblers.

Tequila gambler – There are two types of people when it comes to tequila. Those who admit to loving tequila and liars! 

Dreamweaver Gypsy gamblerCreate the ultimate gypsy look every time you slip this hat on.

Ruby Tuesday gambler – For the hat that turns everyone’s head

The Black Stallion gambler – A limited edition beauty of a hat inspired by Andalusia

Can I buy a unique bespoke gambler hat?

You have to be a bit unique to wear a gambler hat and our hats are hand-made so each one is slightly different. However, if you want to be truly different we can make a bespoke gambler hat just for you. Take a look through our range of gamblers and let us know what you would like to alter. We also sell a range of one-off gamblers in our shop, but once they’re gone – they’re gone. Probably up the river in an online casino…

Can I wear a hat this cool to a wedding?

To be honest you can wear any of our hats to a wedding as our unique style makes them fit in with both formal and relaxed social occasions. Let’s face it, you can wear your hat to the stag/hen do and the wedding service. You can trust it to keep the “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” code – or even the pirate code (mind you, we hear that the pirate code is more of a guideline these days). You can ‘scrub up well’ for the wedding service and slouch menacingly in the evening. There’s more information about rockin’ the gambler hat bohemian wedding vibe here.

How do I get the right size hat for me?

Just measure the circumference of your head by putting a measuring tape around your head, just above your ears. All the hat sizes in our shop show the range of  circumferences, but if you are at the edge of a range we suggest you buy a larger hat. We supply small adjusters to help get the perfect fit.

Don’t have a measuring tape? Measure with a piece of string and then measure the piece of string with a ruler!

Any more questions?

If you have any more bad-ass questions about gamblers or any of our hats just send us as message via our contact box. We truly live our passion so we love to discuss our products and give advice.