Oysterman in Recycled Sailcloth
This special-edition Oysterman is part of a collaboration with our friends at Sea Bags of Maine inspired by our shared East Coast roots and founding passion for the sea. This Oysterman is constructed with recycled Dacron sailcloth, making each hat one-of-a-kind with unique stitching details.
The Oysterman is the most famous of Quaker Marine’s classics. It was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, who wore it duck hunting in Idaho and sport fishing in Cuba and Key West. Quaker Marine offered this hat for more than 60 years before the business closed down during the Great Recession. It is now being manufactured once again -- by hand -- in the original factory from the 1950s in the USA.
Quaker Marine Supply’s founder and Coast Guard veteran, Joe Kadison, designed this hat with function in mind based on his own experiences on the water. Like many purpose-built items, the Oysterman developed a singular personality along the way. To start, the bill is long. At 4 3/4” long, the Oysterman’s brim is 50% longer than your standard ball cap. Why? Because it actually offers sun protection when this long. The black shiny material on the brim is the same that is used on the visors of the midway caps worn by police officers. Joe Kadison selected this material because it repelled water.
While most hats today are a standard 6-panel, this hat is constructed with 4 lateral panels to deliver a low profile that reduces windage. Like the original, it features four eyelets on each side panel that provide ventilation. It is made with recycled Dacron sailcloth to perform and last and has a dark green faux-leather underbrim to absorb reflected light.
Sometimes, when you have the courage to choose functionality over fashion, you wind up circling back to fashion’s doorstep. We hope you enjoy this hat as much as we do.
*The Oysterman is shown with a curved bill but ships flat.
One size fits all, with adjustable back strap
100% Recycled Sailcloth
Made in the USA
Spot clean with soap and water, or just dunk it in the ocean or lake and let it dry in the sun.
Our Collaboration With Sea Bags
As a brand that was founded on profound respect and admiration for the sea, we do our best to make products sustainably, using quality deadstock or recycled materials whenever possible in order to reduce waste. This underlying ethos led us to partner with Sea Bags. Since 1999, they have saved over 600 tons of materials from going into landfills. With their Northeastern roots, and a similar respect for the sea, a collaboration seemed only natural.