Hatters to Ladies and Gentlemen, their Sons and Daughters.
Toomey Hats was formed with the sole purpose of producing handmade traditional tweed hats from Ireland and England.
Both countries have a rich tradition of hat wearing. Our designers have strived to make their products retain a bygone authenticity, whilst making them suitable for modern day sport and pleasure.
We feel that the majority of our hats can be worn by both males and females. However, where necessary, we have produced specific female hats.
Our aim is to produce products from both countries. Irish products will have the finest wool and tweed and in a similar vein we will only use regional tweeds for our English hats.
An Ancient Tale
There is a story from ancient folklore told about the sheep from the Spanish Armada Shipwreck. The sheep jumped off the ship and swam ashore. They lived wild in the area known as The Cheviot Hills in Scotland, from which the sheep received its name.
The Cheviot is a very special animal-small and very sturdy, very strong and resilient. The fabrics produced from it’s wool is very suitable for outdoor pursuits, such as shooting hunting or simply walking. It’s muted colours reflect the flora of their surrounding environment.
Toomey Hats and Caps, and Cheviot Tweed, none better.
Donegal Tweed and Irish History
Donegal Tweed represents a very important part of Irish History.
Sheep thrive in the hills and bogs of the west and northwest of Ireland. In olden times when the people were very poor and resources were very scarce, making Donegal Tweed became a cottage industry involving all the family. The sheep ran free in the mountains with the children keeping an eye on them. The wool and yarn was died from local resources-lichens, flowers, berries, and moss. These gave the fabric it’s wonderful colours. Moss green, soft purple and blues of the heather. The colours of Ireland in fact.