Often imitated but never duplicated, Peter Beaton hats are worldly, yet down to earth. Our hats have stood the test of time, becoming synonymous with classically-inspired, coastal living.

Elegant and versatile, our hats can be dressed up for life's biggest moments, or top off a casual warm weather ensemble. Whatever the occasion may be, rest assured that our timeless collection will serve your style needs for 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-stitch and block it into shape. Our materials, process, and end products are as refined as our customers who wear them.


With over 30 years of rich history, loyal customers spanning multiple generations, and a Nantucket-based family history, we pride ourselves on being much more than a brand; Peter Beaton is a Tradition.

Black and white striped boxes and leghorn hats have adorned the streets of Nantucket for decades. We are overjoyed to share our passion for classicaly-inspried living, and to continue to help make memories with friends and family that will last a lifetime.

Personal Touch

Now in our second generation of family ownership, we are fortunate to serve customers around the country and the world, but remain a small business committed to personalized service. We love our customers and look forward to meeting new ones. You can always get in touch with Peter directly by emailing him at

Our Story

The Beginning

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.

Our Story


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.