As far as headwear,
the patch cap and patch walking hats are the best selling hats at
the Irish Centre. "County Donegal has always been famous for its
tweeds. Even up until the mid-80's, the tweeds for the caps and
hats were handwoven in the thatch cottages by local farmers, while
their wives sat contentedly by their turf fires, hand sewing the
brims," comments Michael Latchford, representative for the David
Hanna Hat Company.
In 1964, David Hanna set up his business of handcrafted hats and
caps. Hanna collected the tweeds and brims from the farmers weekly
and made the headwear in town. The patches of tweeds that were remnants
were made into caps for the men and boys of the farmers' families.
in Donegal saw the local men wearing the "patch caps" and couldn't
find them for sale anywhere. He went to the Hanna factory, explained
what he wanted and a fashion item was created.
or shopping for clothing at the Irish Centre, one will find the
very helpful and knowledgeable staff on hand for helping to make
choices and for offering advice on how to wear the clothes and how
to coordinate outfits and accessories such as complementary jewelry.