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Smart Country in York carry a wide range of Stetson Hats and flat caps.
Stetsons at Smart Country York are the brand of hat manufactured by the John B. Stetson Company of St. Joseph, Missouri.Stetson eventually became the world’s largest hat maker, producing over 3.3 million hats a year in a factory spread over 9 acres (36,000 m2). Today Stetson remains a family-owned concern. In addition to its hats, Stetson is also well known for its colognes and a range of other products evoking the historic American West. Stetson University and Stetson University College of Law in Florida were named after John B. Stetson in 1899 for his contributions to the school.
In the 19th century and first half of the 20th century, a hat was an indispensable item in every man’s wardrobe. Stetson at Smart Country York focused on expensive, high-quality hats that represented both a real investment for the working cowboy and statement of success for the city dweller.
Early on, Stetson hats at Smart Country York became associated with legends of the West, including “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Calamity Jane, Will Rogers, and Annie Oakley. It is said that George Custer rode into the Battle of Little Big Horn wearing a Stetson. Later on, Western movie cowboys were quick to adopt the Stetson; many were drawn to the largest most flamboyant styles available.
Texans were known for their preference for the “Ten Gallon” model, possibly so named for its enormous crown which at least appeared to be able to hold ten gallons were it to be dipped into a stream and used as a pail. An early Stetson advertising image, a painting of a cowboy dipping his hat into a stream to provide water for his horse symbolized the Cowboy hat as an essential part of a stockman’s gear and was later featured inside every western style hat.
According to Win Blevins’ Dictionary of the American West, the term “ten-gallon” has nothing to do with the hat’s liquid capacity, but derives from the Spanish word galón (braid), ten indicating the number of braids used as a hat band.
Stetson at Smart Country York also produced women’s hats, operating a millinery department from the 1930s to 1950s. Hat sales suffered during the Depression years, but Stetsons remained ubiquitous until Americans’ embrace of headwear faded after WWII. At its peak Stetson had operations in Australia, Brazil, Columbia, Finland, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and West Germany.
Stetson at Smart Country York changed its business strategy in the early 1970s, closing its Philadelphia factory in 1971 and continuing in the hat business through licensing arrangements with a number of manufacturers.
Popular demand for western style hats spiked during the 1980s after the success of Indiana Jones and Urban Cowboy movies. Both Western and Dress hats continue to be important men’s accessories
RM Williams Clothing at Smart Country York began more than 70 years ago making bush saddle products and boots, since beginning the company has gained a name for itself making quality boots and accessories. The first factory that RM Williams at Smart Country York opened in 1932 was behind his father’s house in a woodshed. RM Williams clothing today offers boots, men and women’s clothing, eyewear and accessories. RM Williams clothing at Smart Country York understands that boots cannot just look good they must be comfortable and functional. RM Williams clothing specializes in Australian bush heritage and has stores from New York to New Zeeland and York. RM Williams clothing at Smart Country York offers boots in many sizes and promises shoppers in York good quality footwear and clothing. When shopping in York or online the RM Williams Clothing company at Smart Country York offers style and service that cannot be beat. RM Williams Clothing at Smart Country York is an old-fashioned service store with current styles and availability.
A wide range of Olney hats can be bought from Smart Country in York. Olney Headwear at Smart Country York has long been recognised as a producer and supplier of fine quality hats. The company, based in Luton, England, was established in 1914, when it was created by Albert E. Olney, and is now owned and run by the fourth generation of Olney’s who continue to manufacture and distribute quality headwear.
The Olney Headwear Range at Smart Country York
From formal Top Hats to Casual Trilbies, Ladies Wax Cotton and Tweed Hats to men’s showerproof hats, please browse through all our pages, using the navigation above, which show the full range of Olney hats and flat caps.
Olney hats at Smart Country York are regularly seen on the best heads in the land, and are available in the best shops worldwide, for people who enjoy both classic and contemporary design, all made to our exacting quality standard.
Magee Clothing at Smart Country York makes a wide range of fantastic tweeds – excellent tailoring and a sophisticated way with colour are the hallmarks. The Magee collection include suits, jackets, trousers and coats for casual, business and outdoor wear.
Magee at Smart Country York recognised the need to introduce even more colour and design into its cloths. To achieve this the use of technically advanced power looms was introduced in 1970 but handweaving has still been retained up to the present day.
Magee at Smart Country York interprets the seasonal trends and brings quality classics with a twist.
Key fabrics are finest cool wools and light ice touch cottons. Stripes, vibrant multi-coloured checks along with subtle pick & pick, panama/twill weaves & hop-sack looks.
Seasonal spirit is incarnated in our colourful, lighter weight, elegant fabrics.
Magee 100% cotton corduroy trousers at Smart Country York are a great weight – ideal for cooler days or when you want to jazz up your look! They match perfectly with our range of tweed jackets
Magee at Smart Country York are very hard wearing, soft to handle and warm. Have a look at the fantastic colour selection available – you are sure to brighten up any dull party this season.
Christy’s hats are available from Smart Country on Low Petergate in York. Miller Christy founded the Christys’ hat business in 1773. Behind the name lies not only a tradition for quality and hand craftsmanship, but a history spanning back over 200 years. Their wide range of headwear encompasses fedoras, panamas, caps, riding bowlers, dressage hats and eventing hats. Perfect for country pursuits. Christys & Co. at Smart Country York are the leading manufacturing hatter in Great Britain. Established in London in 1773 they have a worldwide reputation for craftsmanship, style and excellence in traditional, classic and modern headwear. Throughout the world when people see a Christy hat at Smart Country York, they know there has been no compromise in quality and that the hat on their head bears the tradition started by Miller Christy all those years ago.
The price of a Panama hat usually reflects how finely it has been woven. A more finely woven Panama takes much more time to make. Each piece of straw is split by hand and then woven. The more times the straw is split, the finer the weave, generally producing a Panama of greater quality. Panamas can be woven so finely and tightly that they can actually carry water. There has been a Panama for sale in the USA in 2011 at the price of $100,000. It is exquisite and took the maker 5 months to complete.
Whilst not quite as expensive as the above mentioned Panama, Christys’ Panamas at Smart Country York are of beautiful quality, and are genuine Panama Hats, hand woven in Ecuador using Fibres from the ‘Paja Torquilla Palm’ and then handmade in England. The Panama hat was made famous as protection from the sun by men building the Panama Canal. Today we all need protection from the sun’s harmful rays. The Panama at Smart Country York is a smart classic solution.
Barbour at Smart Country York is a British clothing manufacturer and importer, founded in South Shields, best known for making waterproof and outdoor clothing. The company is noted for its hard-wearing outdoor clothing, in particular the Barbour jacket at Smart Country York which has become a benchmark for waxed jackets.
The company was founded in 1894 by John Barbour, from Galloway, Scotland, who began selling oilskins in the port of South Shields. It currently holds royal warrants to supply “waterproof and protective clothing” to HM Queen Elizabeth II, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and HRH The Prince of Wales.
In addition to its waxed and quilted jackets at Smart Country York, the company produces sweaters, moleskin clothing, corduroy clothing, and tattersall shirts. It has also entered the “waterproof-breathable” market with own type waterproof liners, cordura external fabric and polar fleece sweaters. Some Barbour products at Smart Country York contain outdoor-orientated features such as snug-fitting collars, “storm cuffs”, waterproof pockets with drainage holes and wide “game” pockets. In recent years the company has tried to modernize its range towards a younger image, while maintaining the traditional countryside range. Since 2004, Lord James Percy, younger brother of theDuke of Northumberland, has been involved in the design and marketing of the company’s shooting clothing.
Some customers at Smart Country York keep Barbour waxed jackets for years, sometimes decades. Among such people, the wear-and-tear on the garment can be addressed by Barbour’s repair service, which patches and reinforces jackets.
The mainstay wax-cotton jackets at Smart Country York continue to be made in Britain. Smart Country have a huge range of Barbour clothing in our York store.
Anatomic and Co shoes and boots are available from Robert Smart Menswear in York. The Company’s core values of offering a selection of quality branded footwear backed up with a high level of personal service remain today.
The business is now in the hands of the third generation of the family and continues to develop and grow. Anatomic and Co shoes offer one of the largest selections of quality branded footwear available online supported by a high level of customer service from our online team. Anatomic and Co shoes at Smart Country York are based in the North East of England at Stockton on Tees where they have 40,000 square feet of warehouse space to service their website and stores. Anatomic and Co shoes have a network 36 stores around the UK including Smart Country York.
Anatomic and Co shoes at Smart Country York aim is to offer their valued customers a great experience while purchasing shoes. Men’s footwear from Anatomic & Co at Smart Country York has reached a new plateau in shoe comfort thanks to the use of the highest qualtiy leather and exclusive Anatomic Gel Technology and takes walking into new dimensions.
Anatomic and Co shoes York are manufactured with full sheep skin lining, the unique tumble grain silky leather upper and pure rubber gel and PU gel soles that allow maximum comfort and cushioned walking. Anatomic and Co shoes York are renowned for high quality; only the finest materials are used and they are 100% handmade.
The unique Anatomic Gel® technology, not seen in any other comfort shoes, that provides unrivalled flexibility and breathability is a result of over 20 years of research and development.
You can find a selection of Medium, Wide and Extra Wide fit shoes and boots at Smart Country York with the trademark comfort features and timeless designs we are so proud of.
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Robert Smart Menswear in York stock a wide range of Stones jackets at Robert Smart Menswear York . Established in 1991, Stones is a German brand that brings quality, style and comfort to the wearer. It is a classic fit with a modern twist.
ROBERT CHARLES MENS DESIGNER ACCESSORIES & BELTS COLLECTION available from Robert Smart menswear in York
The Robert Charles Collections at Robert Smart Menswear York are inspired by Nature at her boldest and vibrant best. Audacious by design, playful on purpose and consummately creative, Robert Charles is self-expression at its highest. Originality now has a name. Statement is now in style. And fun is finally back in fashion. Robert Charles at Robert Smart Menswear York is as much a collection of vibrant accessories as life is a collection of different moods, different days and different opportunities to be a different colour. Offering a selection of high quality, stylish leather belts for you to choose from, Robert Charles Accessories at Robert Smart Menswear York are a great choice for casual designer style. Find what you’re looking for with Robert Charles Accessories available now from Robert Smart Menswear in York. Our wide range of belts, cufflinks and ties need to be seen to be appreciated!
In 1878 in the small town of Hawick a change was happening in the knitwear industry. A young man by the name of Peter Scott bought a small unsuccessful knitwear mill, a risky acquisition by anyone’s standards due to the previous owner’s failure to make the business work, but as history demonstrates a risk worth taking.
With the right workforce, business acumen, skill and determination Peter Scott’s knitwear mill began to expand and by 1889 a new premise was required and the mill moved to its current location on Buccleuch Street, Hawick.
Originally branded as ‘Pesco’ the early days saw Peter Scott manufacture woollen underwear to protect against the harsh Scottish winters.
The process to produce a Peter Scott garment is long and painstaking and the garment must pass through many pairs of expert hands before it is allowed to pass into the hands of the customer. Although the knitting of the garment is carried out on machines many of the stages are done by hand and perhaps the most important of these are the meticulous inspections which each and every garment must pass prior to leaving the factory for sale. Any garment found to have even the slightest imperfection that cannot be mended back to a perfect state will be rejected as a second. These inspections coupled with the precision of the garment assembly and of course the all important washing, which is done in the softest Scottish water, add to the quality of the Peter Scott product at Robert Smart Menswear York.
Cost cutting is not an option and although time consuming, every single stage, and there are over 20, is recognised as being vitally important in the production of the ‘perfect’ Peter Scott piece of knitwear at Robert Smart Menswear York.
The process begins with the main panels (front, back and sleeves) being knitted on Frames or V Bed Shima. The panels are joined together across the shoulders and the sleeves are ‘set in’ or body linked. The sides of the garment and the sleeve lengths are then joined together (a process called seaming) and all running ends are made secure on a bar tacking machine. Next the garments are scoured (washed) and milled to the required finish or handle. They are then tumble dried and placed on a metal frame and steamed to size (Paris Press) which also removes any creases. The garment is then moved to the cutter who skillfully hand cuts the garment to the required style. The collars are linked to the garment or in the case of a cardigan the strapping will be stitched on using the plain stitch machine. The stitcher will add any pockets or zips and cardigans will have button holes made and buttons attached. All styles will then move on to the hand sew department where the finishing touches are completed by hand. The garment is checked for faults and passed to the final exam department where it is Hoffman pressed for presentation, tickets and labels are attached and it is folded and bagged ready for the customer.