SIMON AND MARY KEEP THEIR HERITAGE ALIVE WITH A MODERN, COLOURFUL TAKE ON ICONIC HATS
Family run business Simon and Mary have managed to make their tradition appealing for a contemporary market, with the vibrant use of colour.
Simon and Mary are a heritage brand for a new generation. Launched in 2014 by their family of milliners that have been in the business since 1935, Simon and Mary honours the past but is inspired by the contemporary.
“Simon and Mary came at a very opportune time because the felt hat business was on the decline. The brand arrived and took the style of old Colonial days, the Out of Africa look, the Canadian Mountie hat, and the Fez, and managed to make it for today’s market,” says Julian Pozniak, Director of Supreme Hat & Cap Manufacturers.
We meet 4th generation milliner, Dean Pozniak to tell us about the launch of their new look.
“We are very lucky that there’s a long history with the shape of hats that we manufacture and take inspiration from. I’m using the equipment that my grandfather used in the 50s and 60s, and what I’ve done is made tweaks to the original design to make it more modern, by adding new colours, shorter brims and different finishes. I’ve also added a women’s range,” shares Founder Dean.
Their latest collection is made from cactus leather from Mexico, and includes a bucket hat and baseball cap but their specialty remains felt hats. A tradition that, through the vibrant use of colour, they’ve managed to adapt to appeal to a contemporary market.
Simon and Mary hats have established a name for themselves, and are still growing as a business – by keeping agile, alert, and in tune with what is happening in the world around them.