Hat maker Quaker Marine Supply seems to be something destined for “discovery” by your favorite local Americana loving menswear shop. Originally founded on the Philadelphia waterfront, the company has been making classic hats (mostly geared toward the seafaring set) in the U.S. since 1946.
The company changed ownership recently and relocated to Portland, Maine in 2003, though it continues to produce some seriously iconic cover — and for reasonable prices. Take for instance the wool and suede ball caps pictured herein. You’ve probably seen versions of these hats in a variety of different stores of catalogs, but the Quaker Marine versions aren’t the cheap imported variety you are accustom to seeing, these are the real deal. Made in the USA and all for 28 bucks.
In addition to the wool ball caps and the long brim fishing hats that Quaker does so well, the company also makes a truly iconic white bucket hat that it calls the “Classic Sailing and Tennis Hat,” which I think has to be in the original Preppy Handbook. I’d actually investigate further but I can’t seem to find my copy. These babies are back-ordered, but even though summer has just been transformed from reality to a not so distant memory you might as well order one now and get a jump on next years grass courts and G&Ts.