Paul, Richard and their Tilleys
Here’s a photo of my old Tilley hat that you asked for. You can see the weird coloured flecks in the material as a result of me dyeing it (bad move). The reason I dyed it was because it had become heavily stained at the front. I wore it a lot when I was in the Philippines and got lazy about washing it too.
I started wearing hats when I went to work in Phoenix in 1996, but it was an Australian Akubra. Later in 2001 I went to work in Madrid and found a more casual hat made from a canvas. I really liked that hat because I didn’t feel self-conscious wearing it. I then started to wonder if there was a really high – quality version of such a hat available. That’s when I discovered the Tilley hat.
Anyway, still worth every penny for that hat. I’ve actually bought two more – another T3 in olive and a T5MO airflow in blue.
My Son Richard has a black Tilley Airflow that he brings everywhere. The photo here is of Richard and me at Powerscourt house and gardens.
Hope you didn’t mind me chatting on a bit. I feel chuffed talking to the niece of the great Alex Tilley !