What's in a Hat

Milliner. Haberdashery.


If you're anything like me, then these words are either hazily familiar or totally nonexistent in your reverie. However, if you ask someone who is either from the UK or has lived a long, storied life then they would aptly tell you, “Well, that's just common hat sense, you silly bloke.” Those terms mentioned above are related to the art of hat-wearing. Yes, it's an art. And, as you may have guessed by now, I am here to tell you why.


First, let's get to know those terms. (And those terms are only brushing the brim of your hat).

Milliner. This term is often referred to as a Maker of women's hats. Historically though, it referred to a typically female shopkeeper who produced and imported a variety of outfitting goods for men, women, and children alike. Today, it has evolved to describe a person who is in the business of designing, producing, trimming, or selling hats for a predominantly female clientele. At the Branding Iron, we have a retail store that is primarily geared toward men, but many of our items crossover and are equally appeasing to our female clientele. We also do custom ordering and can provide a more feminine fit for the ladies who come through our store. You can just call us the moonlighting milliners of Downtown Conroe.


Haberdashery. An uncommon term used in America to describe a men's store selling accessories like hats, belts, ties, watches, etc. Here at the Branding Iron, we just so happen to have a few items like that for the men. While we have mentioned items that cross over into fair use for everyone in the household, we pride ourselves in having a men's boutique (dudetique?) that gives the the guys something to get excited about as they meander the streets of Downtown Conroe on a Saturday afternoon, or any day of the week for that matter.


As you see in the feature photo, the baseball cap alone has seen a broad evolution throughout the years. And as it continues to evolve, we are hip to the groove when it comes to keeping the latest fashion in our store. At any given time, we have 20 hats on display and are able to accommodate your customized ideas. We carry a variety of snap back, adjustable hats, among other various fits at competitive prices.


One thing we have learned here in our own haberdashery of Downtown Conroe is that folk are picky about their hats. Reasonably so. We understand how pivotal a hat can be, whether it's for protection in your job, to fulfill a utilitarian purpose of keeping your hair out of your eyes, or simply because you have a statement to make, and that's why we believe in keeping the fine folk of Conroe and surrounding areas fitted with the best lid possible.


I leave you with a word from the owner,

“A hat is a billboard to your soul. It is an expression of who you are, what you like, what you believe. It gives you a feeling about who you are or what you want to be. Different hats for different days, depending on what you are doing and what you would like to express.”



I tip my hat to you,

Jenna at the Branding Iron