We have been stopped in airports, questioned in a hotel lobby and given a thumbs up from people whose language we can’t speak – all because of our hats.
As the most recognizable member of the Tilley Endurables team, even I knew about the hats long before I owned one.
And it was the last piece of clothing I was interested in when we made a trip into the Tilley store ahead of our Round the World Adventure.
It wasn’t personal, it was just that the hats always made me think of Safari travel and since our trip was going to be way more than that , with Stops in North America, South America, Australia and more ahead of our African destinations, it just never occurred to me to get a hat.
And so when Ish and I spent a day in the Toronto headquarters wandering from rack to rack to pick out the clothes that Tilley would be having us try out on our trip, I ignored the back wall.
I marvelled over the fit of the jeans, loved the shape of the jackets and even agreed to try out a white shirt which I confidently told the clerk I probably would never wear because it was white and kinda fancy – and now wear all the time.
And 6 weeks after leaving Toronto what is the item that I have worn the most? The hat.
And it’s not just me.
Curious to see if I was alone I checked out their Facebook page and it turns out there are a lot of Tilley lovers out there who won’t leave home without theirs either.
And the boys have all had their Tilley compliments roll in.
I know there will be some of you rolling your eyes at this post. Tilley? For a young, hipster? Pffftttt. But I’m telling you with more than 50 styles and colours to choose from it’ll only take one trip into the store and one good wear on your next trip for you to become a Tilley believer.
And when you do, I’ll expect a tip of your highly fashionable hat in my direction.
Disclosure: Tilley Endurables provided Ish and I with clothing and hats to try out on our trip free of cost. The opinions are all honest and my own with no promise to anyone of positive promotion.