Tula Hats are known for longevity
Hat Care and Repair
With thoughtful handling,storage, and maintenance you can preserve and extend the life of your hat.
We’ve put together a guide to help you enjoy your hat for many seasons.
Tula Palm Hat Care Guide
Read our tips below or download the simple printable pdf caresheet.
Handling Your Hat
To maintain the shape of your hat take your hat on and off by holding the brim. If your hat has a pinched crown do not take your hat off by holding the crown. You can break the palm by over-handling the pinched area.
We love the look of our lattice hats and our customers also love the breeze. We have been creating the lattice designs since 1990. However, this design does not last as long as our solid weave hats. Over time the lattice work can break. Do not take the lattice hats on our off by handling the crown.
Don't be afraid to trim strays!
Strings and Stray Palm
Over time you may see threads or pieces of palm sticking up on your hat. Feel free to cut those off. Our hats are double lock stitched so they won't unravel like other hats.
Many spots and stains can be removed with a hand-held gum eraser or a magic eraser. You can also spot clean your hat with a brush or damp rag. If needed you can use a mild liquid soap.
Cleaning the Inner Sweatband
Pull the inner sweatband up and stuff t-shirt or other material into crown to protect hat from moisture. Use a small bristle brush (such as a toothbrush) dipped into a soap and water mixture. After lightly scrubbing band repeat with plain water to rinse. Blot carefully.
If your sweatband soaks up a lot of sweat dry your hat upside down and clean as above. Placing hat in sunlight can help to kill the bacteria and dry the sweatband. If the sweatband is beyond cleaning your only option may be to buy a new hat. If you know someone handy with a sewing machine you could also cut out the original sweatband and sew in a new one. Let the hat dry completely before storing or your hat could mildew
Packing Your Hat
Place hat in suitcase upside down with clothing items stuffed inside and around brim.
They don’t roll up but they are very pliable and even when bent they bounce back. These hats travel very well. Many hats that are advertised as crushable/packable still have creases and need to be steamed or ironed to get those creases out. Even though palm is not crushable it arrives and travels better then hats that roll up. If you have traveled with your Tula Hats please let us know. We love to see our hats in locations across the world!
Clothes packed inside and around hats crown.
Palm is so pliable that sometimes all you need to do is let your hat sit upside down on the crown and it may bounce back on its own. If there is a bulge or crease that needs reshaping first try to shape it back manually holding the bulge down or bending the crease for a few seconds. If that doesn't do the trick the hat can be ironed back into shape. Using a clean cloth between the hat and the iron apply medium to high heat and then smooth out the bulge or crease with your fingers.
*Note: Make sure you put a cloth over the area you are ironing to avoid damaging the ribbons and to ensure that residue from iron does not transfer to your hat.
Re-Shaping a Flat Brim
If your brim has flattened out and you want it to curve you can simply bend the hat down at the front and hold. You can also iron the brim all around using medium heat. Then hold and press the brim down in front and back to create a curve as the brim cools. Make sure you put a cloth over the area you are ironing to avoid damaging the ribbons and to ensure that residue from iron does not transfer to your hat.
Hang your hat on a peg, hat form, or flat with brim side up. We recommend not storing your hat outside or in a hot car for long periods of time.
Palm is naturally water resistant but not waterproof. In a light rain water will bead of off the hat. In a torrential storm with pressure the hat will absorb water and will noticeably lose shape. They float so if you drop your hat in the water while canoeing just pick it up and let dry. If your hat gets wet let it dry completely in the open air or sun. Hang to dry.
Hat Too Big?
If your hat is a bit too loose you can purchase sizing tape to adjust for a snugger fit. You can also find this locally at any hardware store. We use a ¾” poly foam weather seal which is available at any hardware store local to you.
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I found this hat in Dillsboro, NC at Monkey Toes. I tried on the Chloe and a total stranger said, "you should buy that hat. It looks great on you." My daughter agreed and I bought it. Love it and wish I could get it in other colors like black... thanks for the best looking hat I have ever owner!
I have been wearing the Somerset hat for almost 10 years. I wear it every summer all summer and replace it every few years because it gets a lot wear. This is a comfortable, high quality, classy hat that gets many compliments! I have so many photos of me in this hat, it was hard to pick just one. Highly recommend!
I love this hat, very stylish! The back being smaller on the brim makes it easier for use in the car. Wonderful in a convertible! Very lovely all around!
Beautiful, classic, as always...comfortable, plenty of shade. Not my first Somerset nor my last. I do keep one in my car and have one that I wear in the lazy river and then just reshape in the sun. Love Tula hats, thank you! Well done, Tula.
I love my Tula hat! This is my second one. I got my first Tula hat in 2014 and it has been around the world with me for work and for fun. I am the director of an environmental foundation that does ocean restoration and my Tula hat has been great for protecting me from the sun and it's easy for volunteers recognize me by my hat. It''s quite handy in my line of work that it floats, it's sustainable and in a pinch I have even used it to serve bread for feeding the team on the beach. I also wear it when I'm hiking. I loved my hat so much I bought a few for friends, too. I retired my first hat after 9 years, but can still use it for backup. Long live Tula!
This hat is versatile, has a super comfortable and secure fit and has beautiful natural shades of palm woven throughout. Thank you for making sun protection so comfortable and stylish to wear, it’s definitely my new favorite hat and I’ve been wearing many over the decades. I also appreciate that you create it responsibly with fair trade. Such an awesome find on our trip!
Bought this hat in Dallas, lost it in Italy, and immediately bought it again online when I got home. That’s how much I love it! I also own 2 other Tula hats. These hats are very well made and fit like it was made specially for me! Not your typical “straw” hat. Love. Love!
Love this hat. The structure and quality of workmanship is wonderful. The elastic band makes it so comfortable that you can wear it for hours. It looks great and shields my face from the sun. I wore it walking through the streets of Aspen as well as on a 11 mile hike!
Love my new hat! My hubby has one. I tried his on and knew I had to have one. He has had his for five years. We even bought one for his brother and he wears it regularly! I guess we are now a Tula family! 😃
I’ve been looking for a good quality hat ( at a reasonable price) and here it is Tula where have you been all this time. I am in love, I feel my face is protected from the sun (I do wear SPF) however now I am more covered and stylish. Wore it to a shower and so many compliments too!
I have had this hat since 2020 and it is still in perfect shape. I absolutely love it....take it everywhere I travel, packing it with clothing inside and around it. Looks amazing!
Day trip to Lindsborg, KS and hitting the shops. Saw a rack of these great looking hats and saw in particular the Explorer Tan. "Oh PLEASE fit me". Yes!! It did. I have a large head so always so hard to find a hat to fit right. Bought and have enjoyed so much this weekend. Compliments all around. Very satisfied customer and I'll be back for another or two.
I love my timeless but years old Tula hat - when my leather strap finally strapped - my email to customer service for a remedy received a prompt reply. Within a few days, my new strap came in the mail with instructions that made positioning it easy. My beloved hat is just like new again.
By far this had been my favorite most comfortable hat I've ordered. Very versatile! Love love love it!!
Tula was started in 1990 and is a woman owned family business located in Austin, Texas.
We have been providing shade one hat at a time.
Safeguard against wrinkles and harmful sun exposure by wearing a hat whenever you’re outside.
Tula hats have a UPF 50+ rating and offer superior sun protection.
Hat Making Process
Tula hats are hand-woven by artisans who have been practicing this traditional style of weaving for hundreds of years.
We are proud to provide products made with renewable resources and minimal packaging.
Fair Trade Federation Member
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