Peter Beaton is synonymous with style and there is no better way to exude confidence and class than to accompany your look with one of iconic hats. Whether you are sporting a raffia or leghorn piece, a Peter Beaton hat will guarantee to turn heads.
With over 30 years of rich history, loyal customers of multiple generations and a family who started it all, we pride ourselves on being much more than a brand; we are a tradition.
Black and white striped boxes and leghorn hats have adorned the streets of Nantucket for decades and we share with you our heritage, that we will continue to pass down for many years to come.
Each and every Peter Beaton hat is handcrafted with meticulous care and expertise. We start with the world's finest straw, woven tightly by hand, and then lock-stitched and blocked into shape. We believe our materials, process and end product must be as high quality and refined as the customers themselves.
When it comes to our trim selection, the world is your oyster! Try a casual raffia pom pom for a day at the beach or a dramatic silk bow for a show stopping look. Your Peter Beaton hat is as versatile as your imagination. Shop our ribbons and trims.
Unable to find the right hat to wear to a party back in 1988, Darcy Creech took a large-brimmed panama hat she had already owned, adorned it with a floral creation of her own design, and took the party by storm.
Brainstorming for a way to work from home so she could take care of her one-year old son Peter Beaton Creech, Darcy sold her engagement ring and bought hat making supplies. She made a prototype hat to test the market during Daffodil Festival Weekend on Nantucket, and, making her way into town wearing her creation, had storekeepers enthralled. One particularly chic woman followed her in and out of shops until finally asking, “Where did you get that hat!?” Darcy explained that she’d designed it herself, and that with her first order in hand, the hats would soon be available at Janet Russo’s, a beautiful little boutique on Main Street. Next came an order from Bramhall and Dunn on Martha’s Vineyard, where James Taylor would become one of the first customers of the newly-stocked Creech creations. It was just the encouragement she needed to forge ahead and create what ultimately became the Peter Beaton Hat Studio.
After over 30 years, Peter Beaton remains family-owned and operated by its namesake and founder's son, Peter Beaton Creech, who remains dedicated to upholding the authenticity, quality, and sense of community that the brand has been built upon. First and foremost, Peter Beaton is a Nantucket brand that celebrates people not so much for who they are, but how they live - with passion, grace, and a captivating sense of style. You can find our hats being worn from the beaches of Nantucket and Palm Beach, to the race tracks of Kentucky, to the shores of San Francisco. All of our classic leghorn straw hats are lock-stitched, giving you a product that is unequivocally the best. We offer a variety of individually designed hats that can be worn for any occasion.
Whether you are looking for an extravagant, large-brimmed hat for a pool day at the Beverly Hills Hotel, an elegant, timeless design for a ladies luncheon, or one of our updated, chic silhouettes adorned with a modern trim for your next international escapade, we have the hat for you.