Thomas Smarte hires Robert Maynard as his apprentice formal hat maker in Devon, England.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Thomas Smarte Jnr. starts trading English hats and materials with mainland Europe.
The 4th generation Thomas Smarte moves the business to Luton, the centre of British hat making at that time.
The tradition and skills developed by generations of Thomas Smartes has been revived in London by Allon Zloof. Allon stems from generations of designer hat makers. Having learnt the finer details of hat making while growing up, and with a lifetime of experience in the industry, Allon now brings to Tom Smarte his unerring creative eye, sensitivity to modern hat design and a driving passion to preserve the finest hat making skills and traditions.