Equally at home warming your head in the 2020s or a pot of tea in the 1970s, the Wilhelm Beanie from BARTS has a wonderful retro vibe that’s sure to get you envious looks. The heavy acrylic knit on this stripy bobble hat will keep you warm throughout the winter, while the turned-up hem conceals a comfortable fleecy headband. For best results, team it with a khaki duffel coat, a Supertramp LP and The Spotter's Guide to British Rail Locomotives
Isn't it funny how many outdoor brands seem to have started out with one man and a sewing machine? In 1986, the man was Bart Koene and the place was sun-soaked St Tropez. Bart originally knocked up handmade swimming shorts to sell on the beach, but one day a stylish friend was helping him flog his wares when a passing tourist tried to buy her bandana. Bart knew an opportunity when he saw one, and quickly branched out into headwear and other accessories.
Now based in Amsterdam, BARTS has come a long way since ‘86. In fact, the brand offers more than 2,500 products including hats, beachwear and bags. But it’s about quality, not quantity. This is clobber with conscience. BARTS don’t use angora, fur or mohair, and each year they increase their use of recycled and sustainable yarns. The brand insists on a strict code of conduct for its partner factories, and its head office and warehouse in Houthavens is purpose-built to minimise carbon emissions. BARTS employees even get free weekly yoga classes.