Lock & Co. Hatters
Established in 1676, Lock & Co. Hatters is the oldest hat shop in the world and one of the oldest family-owned businesses still in existence.
Revered for their centuries-honed craftsmanship, Lock & Co.’s innovative designs have graced the heads of some of the greatest figures in history. Admiral Lord Nelson wore their bicorne into the Battle of Trafalgar. Sir Winston Churchill adopted the Cambridge and Homburg hats as his trademarks. Dashing author Oscar Wilde was also a fan.
Lock & Co.’s luxury hats are not only born out of fashion, but also functionality, as their celebrated Coke hat testifies. Named after nobleman Edward Coke, who commissioned Lock in 1849 to create a style hardy enough for his gamekeepers, the hat has transcended time to become a true classic.
No matter the customer, what they have all come to expect from Lock & Co. is the best: the best designs, the best materials, the best service. These principles were established at the beginning by founder James Lock and continue to be upheld by the 7th generation of the family, who still run the business from the same shop at No. 6 St. James’s Street today. Two royal warrants attest to their commitment to quality that is trusted.
Lock & Co. have three collections. The women’s ready-to-wear range centres on timeless styles, with a sprinkling of seasonal pieces that set the hatting benchmark. Lock Couture showcases their most exquisite hats, handcrafted in the workroom at the top of the shop.
For men, the Lock & Co. label offers the core classics. They include the celebrated hats, from the Bowler and Panama, to trilbies and wide-brim fedoras. They also include the traditional caps, including flat caps made from British tweed, and infamous Baker Boy ‘Peaky Blinders’ six and eight-piece caps.
Lock & Co.’s passion for hats is unbounded, their expertise, unrivalled, and this is what makes them the best hatters in the world.