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Tula Hats

Handwoven UPF 50+ Hats

Stylish Sun Protection

A lucky find in a Mexican market turned into a new design career for Alice Eichelmann, who knew the handcrafted palm hat she discovered would be perfect for anyone who enjoys life in the sun.

Alice traced the hat to a remote Mexican town where the villagers have been weaving hats out of palm leaves for more than 400 years. Palm is a sustainable fiber that’s pliable enough to shape into many different hat forms and durable enough to hold its shape without unraveling. Alice began collaborating with the villagers, who now
do the weaving, sewing and shaping of her meticulous designs.

Tula hats provide broad coverage from the sun (they’re rated UPF 50+), and the natural palm fibers create a breathable fabric so you won’t feel overheated. Alice’s designs range from traditional to contemporary, and she has a knack for tweaking timeless silhouettes and adding details that flatter. In the garden, at the beach and all around town, your Tula hat will deliver enviably stylish sun protection.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Alice
    Alice

    Hello from Austin, Texas. I started Tula Hats 22 years ago while living in Mexico City. After buying a hat in a market I realized that with a few design changes that others would also appreciate this sun protection. My hats are handcrafted in a Mexican village that has been producing palm hats for over four centuries. We have been honored to work with such a wonderful group of people and have developed a special friendship and trust with the hat makers. Looking forward to connecting with you via Daily Grommet!

  •  Bob
    Bob
    5/4/2012 12:17 PM

    How do I measure to see if I am a small, medium, or large size?

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/4/2012 12:25 PM

    @ Bob There is a sizing chart and instructions for measuring right above the story. Click on details for the sizing chart. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks Alice

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/4/2012 12:29 PM

    @ Bob - I will pull the information here as well. It's always good to have it in more than one place.



    **Chloe, Somerset, Dakota, and Gardener Hats were all made with a stretchy band on a larger mold, and can accomodate more head sizes. These hat styles appear in more than one column.

    How to measure for your Hat size:The easiest way is to hold a piece of string and measure around your head where the hat will sit (about an 1/8” above the forehead and ears). Then place the string next to a tape measure and compare to our hat sizing chart. If your measurement falls between sizes, choose the next largest size. If you pull the string too tight or hold it too loosely you won’t get a perfect fit. You can size a hat down with sizing tape. Sizing tape is included in individual orders.

  •  Ronna
    Ronna
    5/4/2012 12:27 PM

    I have a small head. It measures just under 21 inches. Its a shame because I just love hats but never wear them because they are always way too big. Also one gets tired of the sizing tape thing,its kind of like suggesting tissue in your bra! I would love to own a couple of the Tula hats, but not if I can not get a true small. Thanks for your time

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/4/2012 12:42 PM

    @ Ronna Hello Ronna. The Chloe hat has a comfort stretchy band on the inside so that style may work for you. That type of band accommodates more than one head size. You cannot add additional sizing tape on the hats with the stretchy band. My mother uses the sizing tape all around here Tula Hats. That sizes it down one size.

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/4/2012 12:50 PM

    @ Ronna I understand you don't want to use sizing tape but It really does make for added comfort. Thanks Alice

  •  james
    james
    5/4/2012 1:20 PM

    buy these hats--if you value tradition, style, quality, class, elegance, these can be those special gifts that people remember because they do what they are supposed to do so well. Hype and advertising can sell the first time but it's quality that brings you back. Here's the bonus. Ms. Eichelmann knows her business and it's clear she will continue the tradition of 400 years of quality, while adding her styling flair to keep up with the times and needs. Thank you DGrom for finding this jewel of a business in Austin. J and T from NorCal

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/4/2012 1:57 PM

    @ james What a great testimonial. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/4/2012 2:44 PM

    @ james Thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate that!

  •  Carleton
    Carleton
    5/4/2012 3:52 PM

    The Ryder hat appears to be the only one shown for men. Unfortunately, it has a brim that would seem not to offer much "shade" for the face, given its narrow width, compared to the many offerings for women which offer more than ample protection for the face (and even the back of the neck, an area often overlooked when purchasing hats that offer sun protection).

    Do you offer any hats for men with a much wider brim style?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/4/2012 4:10 PM

    @ Carleton - Even though we have them pictured on ladies, the Ranch, the Gardener and the Dakota are all unisex styles. And the Ryder, well that one's not just for men!

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/4/2012 4:33 PM

    @Katherine Klinger The Unisex Styles for men are Gardener with a 4" Brim, Ryder which is more of a causal fun hat, and the Dakota Western style. The guys love our hats because of the natural look and feel.

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/4/2012 4:17 PM

    @ Carleton I designed the Gardener for men. This style is a best seller for men and looks great on! It has a 4" Brim so you get very good coverage. This hat is great for gardening, fishing, kayaking or any other outdoor activities where good sun protection is needed. (PS its also a great look for women who want a more rugged look)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/4/2012 7:50 PM

    @ Carleton - Here is a picture of the Gardener on a guy. Very handsome.

  •  Janice
    Janice
    5/4/2012 3:55 PM

    Are these hats packable? I like the cowboy style, but wonder if it travels well.

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/4/2012 4:23 PM

    @ Janice Palm is very pliable and can be packed. Just stick it in your suitcase with items of clothing in and around the crown. They are very durable! The Daily Grommet video has a snippet of a hat being packed. And I know from experience because I usually cram about 3 in my suitcase.

  •  Eleanor
    Eleanor
    5/4/2012 4:11 PM

    The video shows you at the Mexican village factory. Which style hat are you wearing? Thanks!

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/4/2012 4:28 PM

    @ Eleanor The hat that is on the profile picture above is called the Somerset. This hat has a great down sloping brim that provides great sun protection. This shape looks great on just about everyone who tries it on. (I think you are referring to the picture where I am holding a hat block and that style is called Rockport but is not currently available)

  •  Dion
    Dion
    5/4/2012 8:56 PM

    Will Chloe comfortably fit a size 7 1/2?

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/4/2012 9:36 PM

    @ Dion A 7 1/2 is XXL or 23 1/2" when you measure around your head using the instructions on the detail tab. The Chloe would be too small. The only style we have in XXL is the Gardener.

  •  Dion
    Dion
    5/4/2012 8:59 PM

    How much is ahipping on these hats, plz?

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/4/2012 9:44 PM

    @ Dion Shipping to most locations in the continental US is $12.00 via UPS. The shipping rate comes up after items placed in cart but you will see that before you complete purchase. Thanks Alice

  • Julie
    Julie
    5/8/2012 10:29 AM

    I would like to purchase the newport. My head measures 22.5 in. Would this hat fit?

    Thx

    J

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/8/2012 1:40 PM

    @Julie Hello Julie, The newport runs a bit big so I think that it would fit you. I measure 22" and it is big on me. I have to add sizing tape to make it fit for me. We just tried it on Nicole and she wears that style and measures 22 1/2" So yes!

  •  Julie
    Julie
    5/14/2012 11:38 PM

    @Alice Eichelmann

    Thanks so much! I am a three time survivor of Melanoma and am always looking for attractive hats as I HAVE to avoid the sun.

    I plan on buying a Gardner and a Newport.

    Thanks again for your helpful response.

    Julie

  • Alice
    Alice – Special Guest
    5/16/2012 9:07 PM

    @ Julie I truly hope you enjoy your hats and the protection they provide. Let us know how they fit. Alice

  •  Laura Altes
    Laura Altes
    5/24/2012 12:12 PM

    do you think you will get them in a extra large size. My daughter wears a man sized hat and cannot find a "one size" hat to fit her.

  • Alice
    Alice
    5/27/2012 5:09 PM

    @ Laura Altes The Gardener is available in XL and XXL See the image of a woman wearing the Gardener Style under the video clip.

  •  Nikki
    Nikki
    8/18/2012 2:09 AM

    My head seems to measure 22-3/4. It's a shame that none of your more feminine styles are big enough. All the unisex styles look too manly to me. I would love to buy a Chloe. If you ever decide to offer women's hats in sizes that fit more women, I would love to buy one.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/23/2012 12:15 AM

    @ Nikki: Your feedback is important to us, thank you! We'll be sure to let you know when the 22-3/4 size is available.

  •  Laurie
    Laurie
    11/12/2012 1:11 PM

    @Chew-Hoong, I would like to "throw my hat in the ring" in support of large hat sizes for women! I have been searching for years for feminine hats in size 7 to 7 1/2. Once I find that company, I will spend lots of money!

  •  Laurie
    Laurie
    11/12/2012 1:11 PM

    @Chew-Hoong, I would like to "throw my hat in the ring" in support of large hat sizes for women! I have been searching for years for feminine hats in size 7 to 7 1/2. Once I find that company, I will spend lots of money!

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