With David’s passing, it has given us pause to look back at our company throughout the years. David Morgan began as Austral Enterprises in 1962. Many items that found their way into the catalog began as unique items that David and Dorothy found in Wales. (David spent much time there over the years and could speak Welsh. He was a staunch advocate for Welsh independence.)
The photos below were taken from a catalog in 1980. The models are usually family and friends. Enjoy this blast from the past.
Welsh Fisherman’s Smock
Hickory Shirt (not the same maker of our current Hickory Shirt.)
The Slouch (we still carry the Slouch, and nothing has changed on this Classic.)
And nothing has changed on caring for your Akubra!
We prepare our hats so that they are protected during shipping, but sometimes the parcel can be improperly handled. When this occurs, our felt hats may receive packing marks. These will appear as white marks on the brim, next to the crown. It is very easy to fix this problem. Often a brush will remove the marks. If not, the next alternative is to use a light dusting of steam.
When steaming a hat, it’s best to use a tea kettle. The spout at the top of the kettle makes a perfect channel for the steam. In fact, most hat steamers are just glorified tea kettles. If you don’t have a tea kettle, a pot of boiling water will also work. Just make sure that you keep your hands clear of the hot steam!
Follow the simple instructions below, and you’ll have your hat free of packing marks in less than 30 seconds.
There is also a video on YouTube that you can watch.
Packing marks (over exaggerated)
A steamer. But a tea kettle works just as well.
Applying steam. Note the distance. Do not put the steam directly on the hat. 6-8 inches is a good distance.
The finished product. Total time, 15 seconds.
Akubra is made for rugged terrain. It’s no surprise that we’ve received pictures of happy customers wearing their hats from all over the world. This is our first from Peru. Our Kiandra made it all the way to Machu Picchu.
We’d love to receive more photos of you with your Akubra. Or, if you’re a little shy, just send one of the hat, as in these photographs. We’ll post it here!
Is a spirit trying to wear the hat?
Close-up showing our very-own kangaroo leather chinstrap.
Posing against a majestic background.
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For the past few years, Australian musician and advocate Dobe Newton has given out Akubra hats and Drizabone coats to attendees of the Americana Festival in Nashville, TN. Last September, Tacy Judd, a freelance photographer who works for the American Music Association, was a winner.
Gene LaFallette at Shenandoah Photographics took some outstanding photographs of Tacy with the Cattleman and her Drizabone coat. Enjoy!
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