Personal Touch

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.


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.


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.

Our Story

The Beginning

Unable to find the right hat to wear to a party back in 1988, Darcy Creech decorated a large brimmed panama hat with flowers, and took the party by storm. Newly divorced and 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 then made a prototype hat to test the market during Daffodil Weekend on Nantucket.

Making her way into town wearing her newly minted creation, she had storekeepers enthralled and one particularly chic woman following her in and out of shops until finally asking,“Where did you get that hat!?” Darcy told her 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 lone and behold, James Taylor came in and became one of her first customers.  It was just the encouragement she needed to forge ahead to create what is now Peter Beaton.

Our Story


Peter Beaton remains family owned and operated by its namesake, Peter Beaton Creech.  No one holds more love or dedication to upholding the authenticity, quality and sense of community that this company was built on.

Peter Beaton is a Nantucket brand that celebrates people not so much for who they are, but how they live--with passion, generosity, and a captivating sense of style.  You can find our hats being worn on the beaches of West Palm Beach to the bay of San Francisco. All of our 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 a round shaped large-brim hat for a pool day at the Beverly Hills Hotel or a small-brim cowboy hat for your next trip to the desert, we have the hat for you.  

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