Tilley beginnings differ with many large corporations and started in the 1980s with the founder Alex owning a sailing boat but not being able to find a good hat so decided to make one himself. Knowing nothing about hat making, Alex set himself a project over the winter and after a few months a prototype was ready. Realising that he was on to something good, he started selling them at local boat shows and foundthat many other people were in the same predicament. With that, Tilley was born.
Tilley hats and other products have placed themselves at the forefront of travel clothing. Handmade in Canada through a precise and practiced process involving 26 people, the hats are guaranteed for life, fit low and loose whilst blocking 98% of the harmful rays emitted from the sun, they are lightweight, practical, durable, reliable and a travel essential.