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    Ascot top hat

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    The Ascot was created by James Lock III in the 19th century in response to the growing demand for a superior hat to that of the silk topper for the Royal Enclosure at Ascot. To this day, the grey rabbit-felt style continues to prove sartorially popular, not only at the races, but also weddings.

    This hat comes with a complimentary hat box.


    For Lock’s grey Drab Shell top hat, carefully buff the surface with a piece of crushed, white tissue paper. Always store top hats in a hat box, away from direct sunlight.

    Rabbit fur felt

    5.2cm curled brim 13.5cm crown 4cm wool crepe band Leather headband Fully lined

    mens hat care

    Every Lock & Co. hat purchased is carefully and expertly hand-prepared in our London shop by one of our Hatters, before being whisked out of our famous green front door.

    mens hat sizing

    We work with the best fabrics, sourced exclusively from around the world. Drawing from our unique British heritage and craftsmanship, with scrupulous attention to quality and fit.

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    ‘A Locks hat is a hat for life’

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