An Akubra is more than just a hat- it’s an Australian icon. Not only is it Australian owned, all our hats are made in Australia. Your hat is also an investment that - with proper care - will give you years of service and pleasure. Outlined below are some important tips for caring for you Akubra.
Looking after your Akubra
First and foremost never leave your hat in the car or in direct sunlight when not being worn. Do not force dry the hat if its has become wet. The inside leather band will shrink and once this happens it is hard to stretch back to its original size. Akubra hats are shower-proof and include a water proofing solution. As the hat ages the water proofing during manufacturer may break down and the felt will absorb water. However, generally your head will remain dry.
Fitting your Akubra
Do not squeeze the front of your hat when putting it on your head as this in time will cause a sharp point which will be the first place the hat will wear. Tugging the brim to ensure the fit can spoil the brim if this is done continually.
To properly fit a hat, clear all hair away from the forehead and place the front of the hat (ribbon bow and size to the back) on the head: then by placing the palm of your hand on the back of the crown push the hat down. The hat should fit firmly on the head so that a good push down will make the hat stay in place on a windy day.
When trying a hat on you will occasionally find one size too small and the next too big. It is suggested that you purchase the larger one and insert a liner inside the leather sweatband to help the hat fit more snugly. A hat that feels too tight will never be comfortable. When the hat is new it may feel a little stiff. However, with wear the leather hatband will begin to mould to your head shape.
If the hat brim is out of shape simply place the area over steam (a kettle will do nicely) until the area is moist. Remember not to get the inside band wet. The bent brim can be re-shaped with your fingertips and any crown marks should simply disappear.
Cleaning your Akubra
Your Akubra should be cleaned by a hat cleaning specialist only. If the hat is slightly soiled with dust and/or grime, firstly brush the hat in an anti-clockwise direction to remove any dust and then lightly rub the affected area with a paint thinner or dry cleaning fluid. Do not use too much. Car upholstery cleaner can be used. Spray on and leave for 15-20 seconds then wipe off with a damp cloth.