An Australian invention, the slouch cork hat is not only great for keeping the flies away, it’s also perfect for dressing up! The Cork Slouch Hat is as Aussie as it gets!
The signature Australian slouch hat, sometimes referred to as an “Australian bush hat” or “digger hat”, has one side of the brim up or is pinned to the side of the hat with a rising sun badge, around to allow a rifle to be carried over the shoulder.
Some believe the cork hat was worn by jackaroos and swagmen in the bushfly-infested Australian outback and has become part of the stereotypical, almost mythical representation of Australian ochres. particularly in the UK.
They call these foldable Australian outback hats “Squashy”. The original term was “hat-in-a-bag” and it actually comes in a bag. The squashy hats are made from Australian kangaroo leather, which is the strongest leather for its light weight (you can also get cowhide hats and canvas hats).
Akubra, an Aboriginal word meaning “headgear”, offered Australians protection from the country’s harsh elements, its fur felt like it would keep out the scorching sun and the hold back rain. Akubra hats hold the same place in Australian folklore as Stetson cowboy hats do in the American West.
Jacaru is the most famous Australian hat brand. The company is based in Burleigh Heads, QLD.
Early English settlers wore hats to keep cool, and corks, light, wobbly and widely available (as rum is a popular drink), were added to keep flies away – and to keep your hands free too to hold. Since all alcohol bottles used corks for stoppers, the earliest form of a breathalyzer was hanging these corks around on a hat.
Akubra The Croc Hut. An authentic black Akubra hat, similar to the hat from the Crocodile Dundee film trilogy starring Australian icon Paul Hogan.
Made in the USA The Bozeman Crushable Wool Felt Outback Hat by Stetson is a masterpiece of a hat that’s worth every penny!
The term “Akubra” is sometimes used to refer to a hat of this type, but the company makes a wide range of hat styles including the fedora, homburg, bowler, pork pie, and trilby. The name is said to derive from an Aboriginal word (possibly Birpai) for a headgear.
Akubra is an Australian owned company operating out of NSW in Australia. Each Akubra hat is made from an average of 12-14 rabbit skins. Part of the fur comes from rabbits hunted in Australia, while the rest is imported from countries such as Belgium, France, but mainly Ukraine.
/ (əˈkuːbrə) / noun. Trademark an Australian hat brand.
Definition of Kossuth hat
: a hat with a flattened crown and a rolled brim.
Akubra is known for its well-made hats and high-quality fur felts. It keeps its shape very well. This is a hat that will last you a long time if you don’t lose it and will continue to look good.
We often get asked if you can wear an Akubra in the rain. The answer is a resounding “yes”! There are no powders on an Akubra, so you don’t have to worry about streaking. You don’t need a plastic rain cover either – it just keeps the felt from breathing properly and making your head uncomfortable.