The tweed flat cap dates back to 1571 when the UK parliament created a law stating that males had to wear caps of wool manufactured in England. This law applied on Sundays to all males over six years, except nobles, and was backed by a fine of up to three farthings a day if it was not obeyed.

Over time, the flat cap became an important item of clothing in both Ireland and the UK, particularly among those from rural areas.

Tweed is a rough, woolen fabric usually woven with a plain weave, twill or herringbone structure.

It was an important but easy choice for clothing as it was durable, warm and kept water out better than the alternatives. Wool was also plentiful in Ireland since there has always been a large sheep population on the island.

As time moved on, so too did styles requirements. Tweed flat caps became popular among hunters, fishermen, and other sportsmen, as it provided protection from the elements while also being lightweight and comfortable to wear.

As the 20th century approached, the tweed flat cap gained popularity among men of all classes, from laborers to businessmen.

It was seen as a practical and stylish accessory that could be worn with different outfits, from workwear to formal attire. In the 1920s and 30s, the tweed flat cap became popular among Hollywood actors, further cementing its status as a fashionable accessory. It’s known today for period shows such as Peaky Blinders.

Today, the tweed flat cap remains a popular accessory among men into the 21st century. It remains a common sight in North America, Ireland, UK, France and Germany to this day.

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