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At Arthur Beale's we are often asked for wide brimmed hats and we like to respond to our clients requests. With more and more people suffering from the powerful effect of the sun, a good hat is now an essential piece of kit.

The original Tilley Hat was designed by Alex Tilley, a keen sailor, who took some sailcloth along to a milliner and said "I want a hat as good as my boat".
We are not sure what his boat was like, but the hats are in a class of their own. For a start they float! That is because there is a non-absorbing foam liner in the crown which protects your noggin too. They have a tucked away wind cord for blowy days. A secret pocket too. The quality is such that they are guaranteed for life, even insured for two years! But probably the best reason the buy a genuine Tilley Hat is blissful comfort!

for every adventure

suppliers to seafarers, wayfarers, vagabonds & explorers for over 500 years

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Save 15%Tilley LTM5 Airflo Hat - Arthur Beale
Tilley LTM5 Airflo Hat
Sale price£54.95 Regular price£64.95

2 colours available

On saleTilley T3 Hat - Arthur Beale
Tilley T3 Hat
Sale price£58.95 Regular price£64.95
Tilley TH5 Hemp Hat - Arthur Beale
Tilley TH5 Hemp Hat
Sale price£63.00


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Rich Heritage

With a history spanning over five centuries, Arthur Beale is steeped in tradition and expertise. Our craftsmanship and dedication to quality have been trusted by legendary explorers, from early Everest attempts to Polar expeditions led by icons like Sir Ernest Shackleton.

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At Arthur Beale, we hold a deep appreciation for traditional manufacturing techniques and a commitment to sustainability using natural materials. Embracing our heritage, we prioritize craftsmanship and quality, ensuring our products are made to last. By adhering to traditional methods, we honor the legacy of generations past while also minimizing our environmental impact. Our use of natural materials reflects our dedication to sustainability and responsible stewardship of the Earth's resources. Through these practices, we not only preserve traditional craftsmanship but also contribute to a more sustainable future for generations to come.

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Small Independent Company

By choosing Arthur Beale, you're supporting a rare independent company that's dedicated to preserving its heritage and continuing its legacy for generations to come.

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We believe in investing in high-quality, durable products that are built to last. By choosing well-made items that stand the test of time, we reduce the need for frequent replacements and minimize our environmental footprint.