In 1924 David Hanna Snr. set up a small tailoring firm in the town of Donegal on Ireland’s north-west coast. By the early 60s David recognised the demand for tailored suits was declining and the business needed a new direction. He designed the first Hanna Hat in 1964. David passed on his craft to his son John, who embraced the tradition, using the techniques and even some of the tools his father gave him.
Today, the business is run by a third generation of Hanna’s as John’s children, Eleanor and John Patrick ensure a bright future for the business. They continue to respect the age-old tradition of bespoke tailoring; the whole process from pattern cutting to hand stitching is done on site. Holding a Hanna Hat, you can feel the quality of the tailoring and the legacy of the skills passed down through generations. A tweed cap is an icon of Irish traditional dress and Hanna Hats use only the finest Donegal tweed which is woven exclusively for them.