Homburg hats are named after the town of Bad Homburg in Hesse, Germany, a spa destination famous for its healing waters. In 1882, Edward VII returned to London from one of his regular jaunts to the region and was seen in Britain wearing a hat with a tall, rounded crown and upturned brim. From that moment on, the king was credited with creating a worldwide fashion sensation that proved to remain popular, particularly among politicians and dignitaries.
In 1953, American president Dwight D. Eisenhower wore a black homburg instead of a top hat to his first inauguration and was seen wearing it on other occasions. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously wore the homburg hat and further cemented it as an iconic men's hat style in the 1950s. Like other dress hats, the homburg was in low demand during the later part of the 20th century, as “casual” style became more popular. However, in 1973 Al Pacino put the homburg back on the style map when he wore it in a little movie you might have heard of — that's right, “The Godfather.” Regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, it's no wonder that the homburg gained popularity and has since been known as the "Godfather hat."
Homburg hats are known for a number of different aesthetic qualities. Homburgs have a tall round crown with a single center crease. Also, the brim is turned up all the way around, creating a curled-up effect along the edges similar to a cowboy hat. Even though some homburgs are wide brimmed hats, they appear to have a stingy brim because of this distinctive upturned style.
Like many fedoras, homburgs are often accented with a hatband that is topped with a feather. And while both hat styles come in a number of colors, neutrals such as black, gray, navy, and brown are still classics.
Since the 19th century, homburg hats have wound their way throughout history. No matter your reason for purchasing a homburg hat, you’ve arrived at the right location. Let us know what style and make you’re looking for or perhaps the occasion or outfit you’d like to accessorize, and we can help you find the ideal choice. If you are a hat wearer, chances are you already have a few brims in your collection, so next time, instead of looking at a fedora or a pork pie, try out a homburg and see how it looks.