Us Brits have a proud and very distinguished fashion history which luckily is kept alive with our formal function calendar, most notably with Royal Ascot. This function in particular keeps interest alive in top hats, particularly antique items.
Here at Black Tie one of our many specialties is sourcing and restoring top hats and we keep a range of top quality antique items in stock for immediate purchase all year round, many of which can be bought directly from our online store.
We try to source only the best hats and only in usable sizes by todays standards (generally from 6 7/8ths upwards). While we try to focus on hats from London hatters, we also consider hats from Europe and USA if they are particularly good items. Prices for antique top hats obviously differ greatly depending on age, origin, condition and size, but expect to pay somewhere between £500 and £1000 for a turn of the 20th century London silk topper in good condition and in an average size of around 7 1/4.
We also stock and sell polished fur felt top hats in grey and black for those looking to buy brand new, these are available in all sizes and are priced from £195.