My name is Rick, and I have had a Head n’ Home hat for over 20 years now… However, my favorite is the first one which is now over 20 years old (the Adventurer) as I bought it when I worked in the apparel industry in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada as a teenager.
It is a sturdy hard leather (bull hide, I think?) that over the years has not been worn, and now it appears that years in the Arizona heat without wear has shrunk it terribly. Is there any remedy for a shrunken hat? What can I do? I live in Phoenix, and is there any local dealers that you would recommend that I see with it to try and stretch it out?
Any assistance would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance
You do have a great old hat from us. Sadly I can no longer make that hat, as the leather is no where to be found. Leather does have a tendency to shrink when exposed to extremes in heat and/or dryness. It would seem that you have found both elements where you are living. The only hope for your hat would be to use our Spray ‘N Shape Solution and a good strong commercial hat stretcher. The Spray ‘N Shape is just a 50-50 mix of denatured alcohol and water.
The fibers in the leather will loosen and pull through each other without tearing when saturated with this mix. The hard part is that all of the hat has shrunk, and you will have to apply the pressure all over to recreate the look the hat once had. Odds are that this hat has had its day, but there is no harm in trying.
Be generous with the mix, work the stretcher up inside the hat and back down to the brim with each stretch. If you can get the stretcher inside the hat, you can make it bigger-the leather has lots to give. Once it is big enough to wear, leave the stretcher inside as it dries slowly.
Good luck, and let me know if I can interest you in one of my newer models. They are much lighter weight, softer, and more comfortable to wear. (But I know what you mean about those oldies but goodies, I have a few that I love myself)