Our Story

It only started by my desire to wear a simple wide brim straw hat about a decade ago. Although I could not find the one I dreamed of, the hunt led me to the hat factory operating over fifth generations near Tokyo(where I am from), in Kasukabe, where it has a long history of farming natural wheat straw and producing the items from it. 
 Soon I acknowledged their craftsmanship and dedication over 140 years; I started making straw hats in collaboration. I named my small business after the classic ribbon for the hats, Grosgrain. 
It has been my passion to create something beautiful and thoroughly hand-crafted, which brings joy to wear. ever since. Now I am based in Adelaide; I feel my urge to preserve the genuine hat-making process of natural sources and introduce them to the world market.
Using only fine quality handwoven materials ethically sourced from China, those natural wheat straw hats are not only aesthetic but cool, light-weight and comfortable to wear. You would be amazed how long-lasting they are comparing to any synthetic materials, and one more good thing, they are biodegradable.

It gradually matures into a golden colour as you wear it under the sun.

Our products are made for the customers thoughtfully choose what they wear every day, and for the future.
Grosgrain Director
Mina Maeda
The Essential Hat
507 High Street, Prahran East, 3181 Victoria, Australia
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