Borsalino Hats

Written by James Lyons
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Borsalino hats come from an Italian company that has been around for over one hundred years. Their craftsmanship and attention to detail, passed down from one generation to the next, has never been compromised. Borsalino® is synonymous with tradition, quality, and style.

The history of this company started in 1857, in Alessandria, when Giuseppe Borsalino (1834-1900), after visiting France and Italy to study the tricks of the trade, set up the first artisan workshop for the making of felt hats. Armed with unusual ability and new ideas for production, Giuseppe began building a successful multinational company.

Borsalino Hats Invade the World

In 1900, Giuseppe Borsalino passed away. By this time production had reached 750,000 hats, 60 percent of which were intended for export. Teresio Borsalino, who succeeded to his father, built on the initial success and the company continued to grow. By 1913 annual production reached more than 2 million hats, and Borsalino® employed more than 2,500 workers.

Headquartered in the middle of Alessandria, the factory covered an area of about 55,000 square miles. Their safari hats, felt fedoras, and every other hat they manufactured reached every corner of the world. Due to shifts in worldwide fashion, however, business declined for Borsalino hats in the 1940s. However, the fame of its trademark remained untarnished, and the name Borsalino became part of fashion history. Their hats are still an integral part of the fashion community.


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