Rabbit vs. Beaver vs. Wool
Since the release of our Daisy May rabbit felt hats, we’ve received a lot of questions about the difference between rabbit and beaver felt. We thought we’d give you a quick rundown:
Most fast-fashion brand hats are made from wool felt. It’s the kind of cheap hat you can find at Urban Outfitters or Target, and it’s not really made to last. It’ll quickly lose its shape from rain or sweat and is difficult (sometimes impossible) to have reshaped, re-blocked, or customized. Daisy May doesn’t offer wool felt hats.
Rabbit fur felt is more durable than wool felt, if a bit more expensive. It’s light-weight, able to be reshaped, re-blocked, and customized (many entry-level Stetson-brand hats are fur felt) . However, it’s not water-resistant, so rain or sweat can wear out and sometimes even stain your hat body. Daisy May’s rabbit felt hat bodies are a great option for someone looking for their first hat, or a “special occasion” hat — something you may not want to wear everyday, but still makes a statement when you do.
Daisy May’s flagship hats are made from beaver fur felt. Beaver fur felt is made from the undercoat of beaver skins, meaning its naturally water-resistant. Additionally, it’s more durable than other felts (especially ones that may be made from blends), meaning that when you buy a beaver fur felt hat, you’re buying a hat that will last a generation.