Fedora Facts

A Fedora hat is generally made out of felt. It has a wide brim and the crown is indented and pitched.  There is usually a ribbon hatband with or without a flat bow.  It can be made in any color but historically black, grey and dark brown have been most popular. It is a style of hat that is often mixed up with a trilby which has a smaller brim.  Although it goes in and out of main stream the fedora was and will be one of the most stylish hats ever worn.

 Fedora Firsts

The fedora first appeared in 1882 as a female hat. That particular year there was a first production of a play by French author Victorien Sardou named“Fédora” . He wrote the part of Princess Fédora Romanoff, a title role, for then famous actress Sarah Bernhardt. In it she wore center-creased, soft brimmed hat. The hat was soon a popular fashion for women especially for women’s-rights activists. 

After 1924, when Prince Edward started wearing them, fedoras were adopted by men and became part of their fashion replacing bowler hats, flat caps and top hats. It was primarily worn in urban areas for protection from bad weather and for esthetic reasons. Orthodox Jews also adopted black fedoras in the first decades of 20th century and wore them as a part of their daily wear which many of them still do.


The height of the fedora’s popularity was from mid-1920s which is why it is often associated with Prohibition and gangsters. In 1940s and 1950s noir films popularized fedora hats even more and its popularity lasted until late 1950s, when informal clothing became more widespread. It returned in mid-1970s and again in 1980s and in 2000s. Fedora and trilby hats were so fashionable because of their style and because of their practicality. They didn’t obscure the view while driving the car and were not as big as top hats so they could be worn in public transport. They could also be stored by folding without losing its shape. But main reason for constant returning of the fedora to fashion should be looked for in media and its influence on people. In 1940s and 1950s, Hollywood brought back fedora by making movies in which fedora hat was a repeating icon of manliness and mystery worn by such names as Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra on the stage. In the seventies it was Indiana Jones that who brought another revival of the fedora to the silver screen.

In later years many artists such as Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake,  and Brittany Spears wore fedoras in their live appearances and kept it in fashion. 

Forties Fedora 

 Fedoras were the key hat of choice during the forties.  One of the main hat companies was Knox, above are two great advertisements of the time.  tylistically the main difference between hats of the 1930s 1940s and 1950s were how they were worn. Most hats were worn tilted to one side. Hat brims took on many shapes with the back brim curved upwards being the one common feature among many styles of men's forties hats for sale. The width of the brim was quite wide in the early ’40s and again at the very end of the decade with the middle year reducing a little. The material was also lighter weight and softer which was not only more comfortable to wear but also reduced the cost of material making them more affordable after the war.

Revival offer a range of vintage style Fedoras that come as close to the original styles as possible.  They are all made from 100% wool felt with a water resistant finish.

Here is our current selection and the main differences:

Large Brim Fedora With Grosgrain Edge

Usually available in grey brown, green and black.  This is an authentic looking forties style hat with a grosgrain hatband, bow and edge.  Looks great worn with 1940s look suits and jackets.

Classic Hemmed Edge Fedora

We currently have this classic forties style Fedora in brown and black.  There is an optional feather which slides into the hat band.


Late Forties Fedora With Raw Edge

Available in black, green or dark blue.

These look great with clothing from the forties and fifties.  They are lighter weight & simpler in their styling.  They are a versatile Fedora that looks great with formal and casual clothing alike.  Here our model wears the hat in blue with one of our Farisle tank tops.

As well as these fabulous vintage inspired hats we usually have a small selection of true vintage depending on what we have been able to source.