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    Ascot top hat


    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 at weddings.

    We also include a complimentary hatbox to keep your top hat.

    Our Town Shell top hat has a 5.2cm curled brim with a 13.5cm crown and is finished with a 4cm wool felt band.

    Each topper is fully lined with a leather inner headband.


    For Lock’s grey Drab Shell top hat, carefully buff the surface with a piece of crushed, white tissue paper.

    Top hats should be restored after every use. Locks offers a range of services – please contact us to discuss with our master hatters.


    Tel: +44 20 7930 8874

    Always store top hats in a hat box, away from direct sunlight. Locks offers a sleek leather top hat bucket that will ensure that your hat is stored in style.

    To ensure that you choose the perfect hat size, use our easy measuring-tape technique to get it just right.

    1. USE a soft tape measure.

    2. PLACE it around your head, positioned mid-forehead and just above the ears.

    3. MEASURE in centimetres or inches.

    4. FIND your size on the hat size chart.

    You can find our instructional video on how to measure your hat size here: Hat sizing

    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

    Should you wish to speak to one of our Hatters please email us at or via our contact us page – and one of our team will be in touch.