Black Explorer Leather Hat
THE IZIT LEATHER HATS STORY
The African bush veld is a challenging place to survive; those who thrive are people who find the right balance between rugged toughness and soft flexibility. We knew that for any hat to hold up to the harsh African sun, rain and dust it would need to be rough and rugged, yet soft and supple. We’ve built these attributes into our hats; each offers a perfect fit and ideal protection from the outset
Every Izit hat is unique and carries the scars of its individual history. The materials we use hail from as far afield as the source of the Zambezi river, down to the southernmost tip of Africa. Each piece of leather bears witness to life in the bush: from the roar of the mighty lion to the smallest tick on a cow’s back, from the sharp African buffalo-thorn tree to farmer’s pointed barbed wire. All materials are ethically sourced: the leather comes from animals that died naturally or were culled for wildlife management reasons.
Izit hats were born one summer’s night around the campfire as a bunch of mates pondered what made the perfect bush hat. Since we couldn’t find one, we decided to make them ourselves. The hats needed to be tough and rugged enough to withstand the blazing African sun, strong enough to hold up to torrential storms and stylish enough to be worn around town. It took a while, but we think we got the balance just right: a simple, no-nonsense hat that will last for years. In fact, we were so impressed with the first hats out of the workshop that we decided to offer a “buy back” program. If you ever decide to stop using your Izit hat, send it back to us and we’ll give it new life: it’s fantastic for the environment and helps us give back through local charity shops.
- HIGH QUALITY DURABLE LEATHER: Izit hats are designed with your comfort in mind and made of the highest-quality leather. They’re soft and supple, rugged and tough yet lightweight enough to be comfortable.
- ADAPTABLE: Flexible brim, perfect for travel, your Izit hat will bounce back into shape after being crushed in a suitcase or pack. These hats are water resistant and their wide brim keeps sun and rain off your face and neck, leaving you fully protected no matter the weather. Stylish design moves seamlessly from back-country to city
- EASY CARE: waxy industrial-strength thread keeps the seams strong. To lengthen the life of your hat, simply wipe it clean then apply leather food, wax, polish or cream evenly across the whole hat, gently buff and leave to dry slowly.
- WARRANTY AND BUY-BACK: We know you’ll want to keep your Izit hat for life, because with every use it will become more and more your own. In the unlikely event that you decide to part with yours, simply send it back to us and we’ll ensure it gets a second life in a local charity shop. It’s good for the environment, good for the local economy and will give your hat a chance for more adventure. Hats are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty on fair wear and tear.
HOW TO MEASURE FOR YOUR HAT Top tip for measuring your hat size, wrap a soft tape measure or piece of string around your head, along the position that your hat will sit, normally just above your ears, then check the measurement. If you're unsure, please send the measurement to us and we’ll advise on the correct size hat to order.