Our Story – Tenth Street Hats
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Our Story

Made the old way. Sold the new way.

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10th St & Broadway

Welcome to Tenth Street. We’re glad you found your way to our site, and we look forward to guiding you on your journey to find your perfect fit.

Tenth Street, founded in 1921 by Jack Dorfman and Arthur Hyman as part of Dorfman Milano, comes from humble beginnings. The Tenth Street name is taken from the original office on 10th Street and Broadway in Oakland, California.

Tenth Street has remained an important part of the Northern California community for over 100 years.

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A family approach

Watching the decades and their cultural and sartorial changes swirl by, we’ve grown accustomed to making hats that blend vintage feel with modern sensibilities.

Though our team has grown over the years, we remain a family-run organization. Our closely knit family is part of the reason we’ve been able to maintain relationships with expert craftsmen and cutting-edge designers to bring you quality products time and again.

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Commitment to you

In our factories we still use rare hat-making machines that are nearly one-of-a-kind. It’s those types of special touches, as well as strong relationships with suppliers and creatives that have allowed us to make Tenth Street a unique experience.

The company’s mission from day one was to build a headwear business with a strong commitment to you, our customer. Every new style, each different type of fabric we use is part of our plan to ensure you receive exactly what you’re looking for.

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Worldly touch

From functional and utilitarian origins, hats have wound their way through history to become the fashion statements they are today. Whether aiming for a vintage look or a casual day at the ballpark, a well worn hat can help make an outfit anything but ordinary.

With manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Mexico, and Europe, you can be sure that your Tenth Street purchase combines a worldly touch, matched with local character.

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Skilled milliners

Our product development team, full of skilled milliners, fashion followers, and a myriad of others, travels across the globe in search of new materials while fostering relationships with existing suppliers. Like hats, a community is only as strong as the fibers that hold it together.

We hope these efforts and others like them help to strengthen the fabric of the hat community around the world that gives us so much.

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Growing together

At Tenth Street you know the product you buy is sourced from the highest quality materials from around the globe and brought together by some of the industry’s foremost experts.

We hope that you will join our family at Tenth Street. We will continue to offer you the utmost quality and customer service as we move forward and grow together.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly via email or phone. Our hat experts and fit specialists love hearing from you.

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