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Selke - Handcrafted Leather and Fabric Hats

Established in 1973 by the Selke family, Selke Enterprises have been bringing New Zealand - and, since 2001, the world - their superlative range of outdoor clothing for two generations. Beginning in the Canterbury town of Ashburton with the manufacture of traditionally-styled leather and fabric outdoor hats, Selke’s range has since expanded, under new ownership, to include stylish dress hats, as well as a selection of classy and hardwearing handcrafted cotton oilskin hats, vests, jackets, and coats.

Specializing in high quality hats guaranteed for the discerning buyer. All handmade (whatever the type)  tramping hats, fishing hats, hunting hats, southern man hats, cowboy hats, summer hats, mesh hats, breathable hats, vented hats, winter hats, opossum helmets, lambswool helmets, aviation helmets, opossum caps, lambswool caps, deerskin cheesecutters (flat caps), nappa leather cheesecutters (flat caps), trilby hats, baker boy caps and pony hats (calf skin hats). All are extremely durable and handcrafted for a lifetime of use.

Since its establishment, Selke has built a well-earned reputation for quality products and fine workmanship, and has become a trusted name in outdoor apparel throughout New Zealand and beyond.

Our products are manufactured from the best available raw materials with the highest attention to detail and craftsmanship including rigorous quality control that Selke quality demands.  All of our garments offer great performance in tough weather conditions and long-lasting durability.

If you need the most comfortable hat or garment that won’t let you down in harsh conditions, is manufactured to the highest standards, and looks great too, choose Selke.

The only original Selke hat. Our customers know to look for the Genuine Selke NZ Handcrafted Brand...there is only one.

Just a few examples of what our customers are saying about us (unprompted!):

I just want to thank you for your excellent service.  As you know I lost my cherished Selke Oilskin Hat when travelling here in the UK about 3 weeks ago and was really unsure whether I could ever get another.  Then I found your website.  I received my oilskin hat today, 27th May and that is just 7 days after I ordered it online from the UK.  The right hat, at the right price at double quick time!  Thank you Warrick, I shall be recommending Selke Hats and your service to as many people here in the UK as I can.
27.5.14
Terry Brown - Christchurch, UK

Thanks for posting our fab hats so quickly....love them.  Us on the balcony in the sunshine with the barbie pretending we are still in NZ....just need beer.....cheers
20.5.14 (dispatched 9/5/14)
Joy Gulliver-brown - Cinderford, Glos., UK

Hi there,
I work as a multiday guide on the Milford track and, being outside all day everyday, I wanted a hat that would keep me well sheltered from the summer sun as well as the famous Milford rain.  I bought myself one of your distressed leather hats for Christmas and just wanted to tell you how impressed I am with it.  I wear it all the time when out working.  It keeps me well protected from the sun and (I love that) wearing it in the rain means I don't have to put the hood up on my jacket and can actually hear people and see all around me.  The chin strap is also a really awesome feature so I don't have to worry about it blowing off my head on a blustery day up Mackinnon pass.  I tell all my colleagues and clients about it when they ask.  Thanks for this awesome Kiwi-made product!!!
29.1.14
Amanda Sanders - Hamilton East, NZ

I missed the courier Tuesday, but it was waiting for me when I got home from the work Xmas party last night.  the hat is amazing!  Exactly what I've been wanting for years now!  The Mrs is keen for one also, so closer to her birthday early next year I will be in touch.  Thanks again!!  Matt
5.12.13
Matt Williams - Wellington, NZ

I have a hat purchased at the Tin Shed in 2005 and LOVE it!  Need to refresh.
25.11.13
Leelan K Larsen - South Dakota, USA    

Delivery received.  Superb quality.  I am sure my son in law will enjoy wearing it in his work.  Many Thanks
6.10.13
Peter Thorpe - Sheffield, UK

Have this hat and love it ! (Opossum Cap - 102P)
25.9.13
Katch Bacheller - Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Thanks for sending the leather hat through... my husband loves it.
(Black Deerskin Trimstyle Cheesecutter Cap - 609TRBL)
16.8.13
Maria Smart - Wellington, NZ

Thanks for lovely hat - received this morning (just B4 10am) as per update.
(Red Deerskin Trimstyle Cheesecutter Cap - 609TRR)
22.8.13
Gail Goddard - Ellerslie, Auckland, NZ

What can I say, truly outstanding and brilliant service.  Ordered at 5pm Wed, changed order at 6pm, personal phone call at 9pm, and arrived home today (Thursday) to find the hat on the doorstep.  That is less than 24 hrs (Great NZ service at its best).  I will certainly be buying more hats (although they look as though they will last a long time).
Thanks - you are awesome.
20.6.13
Tom Davies - Mt Pleasant, Christchurch, NZ
PS:  Happy for these comments to be published for advertising purposes, frankly I am amazed. 

I will go back to your web site and place an order.  In the mean time you might like to have a look at the two attached photos.  You will be pleased to know that one of your hats has the Royal Approval.  Prince Charles stopped to speak to a few of us, then, pointing to my hat said to me. "That's a very nice hat you've got there, don't forget to take it with you."  Cheers Pim
21.4.13
Dr Pim Sanderson - Christchurch, NZ 

Brilliant!
The best hat I have ever owned, and widely envied.  You could do with a UK outlet.
21.12.12
Philip Madden - Birdingbury, Rugby, UK

I have previously bought 2 hats from your company & absolutely love them! 
I bought one for my husband and father in law.
14.12.12
Edith - Fleming Island, Florida, USA

Just received the Large size Deerskin Trim Cheesecutter.
Very nice!  Very happy!
Will be recommending!
22.11.12
Ben Carroll - Albany, Auckland

Hi - I love your hats.  I just ordered my second one today, a trilby, which I am gifting to a friend in India who also loves hats.  I plan to buy a few more while I am in the country.
Cheers!
9.11.12
Kunal Bhaskaran - Auckland, NZ

Hi - Received hat today.  I love it - best one I've had.  When I need another one, I will order it from you.  Thanking you - all the best.
12.9.12
Greg Keogh - Newcastle, NSW, Australia

You sent me a Cheese Cutter Cap on 6th June 2012 for my son and he was delighted.  I would like to order an identical cap for my husband.
8.9.12
Frances Moss - Bushey, UK

Incidentally I wore the hat a lot in China, where we had a 4 week holiday in May.  I got lots of compliments about it there also.  It seems that the Chinese are currently discovering hats.
5.8.12
Brent Walker - Killcare, NSW, Australia

Love the hats!
16.6.12
David Oxley - Capel, Western Australia 

I have been wearing my Baker Boy Cap for over a year now.  Thankfully I've not lost it, and I wear it every day:  Fantastic hat.
27.5.12
Jo Baxter - Paraparaumu Beach, NZ

Thanks for your help with my enquiry/order, paying online made ordering easier.  I know I'll be as pleased with my new hat as I am with my oilskin - they're definitely the best hats in the world.
19.5.12
Alan Bradford - West midlands, UK

Thank you for the safe arrival of two fine caps.  You could only
have posted them on Monday at the earliest and they arrived in perfect condition on Saturday morning, an amazing delivery service.  The deerskin is beautifully soft.
The caps are somewhat better then the equivalent on offer in the UK, I sense you could have a good market in the UK and Europe.
16.2.12
D Slesenger - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Hi, our mates had your hats at our house today and we really liked them.
21.1.12
K & J Parlane – Kaikohe, New Zealand

Don't need to get one as got one years ago... just like to say well made hat love it... had to re glue the trim bit but hey it's been in the sea lol... good job thank you.
9.1.12
D Holt - Lincoln, UK
  
I just wanted to let you know that the hat has arrived and my husband loves it!  Thank you so much for all your assistance.
4.1.12
C Daly – Hawthorne, Victoria, Australia

Hi, I bought 2 of the 103BR hats in smaller sizes today at Tower Junction H&F but no XXL available.  If u have one XXL brown in stock can you please courier it to me at the above address.  Many thanks - great NZ product.
11.12.11
T Studholme - Christchurch, NZ

I have hunted around for a good hat for sun protection which also has style.  I like your 105S which I saw at a Hunting and Fishing store.
15.11.11
K Nicholls -  NZ

Have used up two.  Time for a third.  Great hat.  Last time mocha, this time the olive brown.
13.10.11
j Emigh - Riverside, RI, USA
    
I have purchased a hat when I visited NZ 3 years ago and will replace to a new one.  The best hat I ever had.
6.10.11
M Poulsen – Denmark

Dad had bought one of your hats while visiting New Zealand years ago - it is his favourite hat and so it is very well worn.  He still loves and wears it and I would like to get him a new one for when he is dressed up!  Thanks so much! (he lives in Bermuda so would still prefer the cooler mesh).
28.9.11
C Sikking - Lancaster, Pa, USA

i love this hat which I bought, but my dog chewed it up.  Would love to get another one soon since I am up in Colorado (USA) fly fishing.
13.8.11
W Schubert - Texas, USA
  
I purchased a hat from Champagnes in Michigan and love it.  Are they still selling these out of Michigan?  I would like to purchase the golfers fairway.
7.5.11
K Whitaker - Bristol, TN, USA

A few years ago, I bought excellent Selke hat 308, size large, from a shop in Exeter UK, having seen one in tourist/travel shop at small town south edge of Lake Taupo.  My son in law now wants a similar hat, but I can't find the Exeter shop; perhaps closed.  In order to ascertain size, have you any stockists in SW England or London, please?
27.4.11
J Davies - UK

This is an awesome looking hat with great detail and quality.  I’ve been looking for a good quality hat in NZ for a very long time so I’m very glad I found you.  Thanks very much.
26.3.11
W Kingii Ranginui – Lower Hutt, NZ

Saw a Selke hat in Canada (imported by Brier Enterprises Inc).  Liked it, bought it.  It didn't wear out or lose shape.  I left it in a road side cafe'.  Where can I buy another in the UK?
25.3.11
I Innes - Norwich, UK

This is my favourite product.  I find it practical, comfortable and looks kinda cool.  I would love to own this hat and am waiting until I can afford to buy one.
20.3.11
N Liechti - Queenstown, NZ
 
I currently own one of your cheesecutters which I wear all the time.  Could you please email me a price for the trilby?
24.2.11
J Ryan - Napier, NZ

A year or more ago I purchased one of your Bowlers Hats.  It has been very good and much admired by the other club members.
12.2.11
D Beattie - Takaka, NZ

Thanks kindly - must add you have some pretty cool hats.
17.1.11
D Furnell - Whangaparoa, NZ

Hi, my husband has his well worn hat @ work and wears it all the time.
12.12.10
F McCann - Waikanae, NZ

I have the 301M version already and love it.  Keep making the hats!! I love them!
1.12.10
R Kondler – Carmel Ca, USA

I left mine at a Jesuit Home.  I'm sure the old guys love it .  I would like to replace it.
8.11.10
P McGovern - Quakertown, PA, USA
  
I purchased a hat for my husband while in NZ, now I would like one.
22.10.10
M Dreaver - Brookhampton, Western Australia

Brother has awesome hat from visiting New Zealand.  Love the hat, need one.  Will be boasting about this hat.
22.7.10
J Wilson – Sedalia MO, USA

Bought one while in New Zealand.  Great hat - you should export them to the US - my husband has received many compliments about it!
7.7.10
N Walma - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, USA

I like it .  Very smart and comfortable.
22.5.10
P Birchall - Awanui, Northland, NZ

I live in Ireland and would love to order one of your hats, if possible.  I lived in New Zealand 4 years and bought one of your hats in Christchurch, but unfortunately lost it.  To get another would be great.  I look forward to hearing from you.
27.3.10
G Keogh - Ireland

I have one of your hats  - superb thanks, and very comfortable.
23.3.10
R Mainprize - Bienheim, Marlborough, NZ

After my journey in New Zealand I possess since a few of years a hat Style No.  301, size large, natural leather.  I'm really content with the quality but I want to buy another one.
10.3.10
J Wolfgramm - Germany

  

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