Each cosy Long Hat draws inspiration from traditional Fair Isle keps originally knitted in the 1850s. However, where the nineteenth-century originals featured hemmed headbands, our small rib enhances the Long Hat’s traditional delicacy and refinement. Like every garment in the Fair Isle Artisans Collection, each Long Hat is crafted on vintage machinery in 100% Shetland wool and hand finished with exacting attention to detail.
While designing this Ski Hat, we drew on the headwear traditionally crafted for dockers and seamen braving Shetland’s most inclement conditions. Each hat’s basic characteristics are determined by the need for warmth and fit when working hard outdoors. Then we added subtle contemporary enhancements, such as the distinctive folded rib. Now a new generation of wearers can enjoy a traditionally machine-knitted, beautifully hand finished, hat with enhanced fit and cosiness.