History of Straw hats & Felt hats
- Borsalino hats
story of this company began in 1857, in Alessandria Italy; when
Giuseppe Borsalino, a true pioneer and captain of
industry, set up the first artisan workshop for the production of
Giuseppe Borsalino was born in 1834. A spirit of
initiative and healthy persistence, two typical virtues of this land,
undoubtedly helped Giuseppe Borsalino
blossom from a 14 year old boy working in a hat factory into one
of the most important Italian industrialists of the 20th century. After
visiting Italy and France to learn the secrets of the trade, he
new production processes, which coupled with his extraordinary
ability, determined the immediate
of the company.
Giuseppe Borsalino was one of the first industrialists
to take into consideration the social aspects and difficulties attached
to modern industry. His democratic and humanitarian ideals resulted
in the creation of a health insurance and a pension fund for his
When Giuseppe Borsalino died in 1900, his business
employed almost a thousand workers and boasted an annual production
of one million hats.
Teresio Borsalino, succeeded his father,
and added to this initial success. The company rapidly grew, and
in 1913, employed more than 2500 workers and reached an annual
production of more than 2 million hats.
Its products reached every corner of the world, the fame of
remained untouched, and the name Borsalino became
part of fashion history. In 1970 Borsalino inspired a famous
and successful film titled "Borsalino".
Today Borsalino collections are larger, and in addition
to the classic felt hat, include the famous straw hats "Panama-Montecristi".
Borsalino hats continue to be made of the finest materials and leathers,
and have added styles targeted to the young hat-wearer.
The factory was originally located in the center
of Alessandria. In 1986 the factory moved to a new more efficient
and modern site
of Alessandria. The old Borsalino
factory, which housed the famous Hat Museum until a few years ago,
is now home to the Eastern Piedmont