4, Green Street, Cambridge, CB2 3JU
Laird hatters is an independent British hat specialist, who handmake a wonderful selection of hats and caps for both men and women. The brand was founded in London and now has four stores including Oxford, and of course our very own one right here in the heart of Cambridge.
Located on one of our prettiest thoroughfare’s, Green street, amid a host of independents, Laird is a hat lover’s paradise, with a collection ranging from sophisticated Sinatra trilbies and casual Brooklyn tweed caps to dainty woollen cloches and cool Panamas.
With a friendly team led by the enthusiastic Faye Gilbert-Brown, it’d be almost impossible not to find a statement piece to suit. All hats are handmade in England using traditional methods, and created predominantly in fur, wool and tweed, sourced in the UK, Ireland and Ecuador. Shapes are traditional but with a modern twist and a rich colour palette, aimed at a unisex market.
Among the bestsellers are the Hunter woollen fedora, the plush fur-felt Alfred trilby, the all-American Brooklyn flat cap and the Crushable range (quite literally headwear which will crush, then spring back to perfection).
Come the summer, Panamas – handwoven in Ecuador from the finest toquilla palm and finished by Laird on British soil – prove a popular choice.
Hat accessories, (brushes, hat jacks, beautiful feather pins), hat boxes, Maple wood handle umbrellas and gift vouchers are also available instore.
With customers ranging from tourists and fashionistas to groomsmen, the store is always busy. True old-fashioned customer service remains key at Laird making it an extremely pleasant shopping experience. There’s even a crystal decanter of whisky by the till, so once you’ve selected your dashing deer stalker or suave Sicilian cap, you can celebrate with a wee dram. Now that’s customer service – and some!