Rigon HeadwearFair Trade Policy, Quality & Environmental Initiatives
Fair Trade Compliance
Rigon Headwear is a leading Australian design and manufacturer of premium quality hats exported around the globe. Our off shore manufacturing premises comply with SEDEX (supplier ethical data exchange) with regular ethical trade audits and is pleased to outline its adherence to the Australian Fair Trade Practice by supporting the following key areas:
A commitment to using renewable natural resources in the creation of our products.
Raffia fibre (and other natural materials) are renewably harvested so that the tree is unharmed.
‘Left over’ materials are used to create new products and trims.
We actively focus on extending product longevity through innovative methods, functional features, and the use of high quality materials.
Performance and longevity of raffia based products (as well as other natural materials) is enhanced due to the natural resin in raffia fibre which provides strength, resilience and reliability.
Natural materials are globally sourced to capture the latest developments in ecology and technology to provide enhanced functionality including water resistance and UPF50+ rating.
We constantly review resources and techniques used in the creation and delivery of Rigon Headwear products by selecting materials that have the smallest eco-footprint to use in our designer collection wherever possible. For example, we evaluate production processes aiming to minimize material waste; product design and packaging to reduce freight volume and the development of distribution and transportation strategies to maximize energy efficiency across our manufacturing facilities.
Premium quality natural materials
There are many types of materials used to manufacture hats such as cotton, linen, felt or man made polyester; yet we are seeing a big trend moving towards the use of natural raw materials; many that are hand woven from specialist villages around the globe, including Philippines, Madagascar, China and Ecuador.
We have selected a range of quality, fine natural materials that give a wholesome vibe to our designer hat collection to include raffia, sinamay, abaca, parasisal, seagrass and panama. These natural materials form a sound base for expert weavers to produce creative and unusual designs that make our hats unique and highly sought after.
Natural fibres are derived from the leaves of local trees, which grow wild in country areas. Natural fibres (including raffia) can ‘breathe’ and have a natural resilience which make them perfect as raw materials for hats and bags.
Rigon Headwear uses the very best Madagascan raffia which contains a top quality resin that repels water to prevent cracking and brittleness.
Touch our raffia hats and feel the smooth, oily-soft texture that speaks for itself. You can clearly feel the difference between this and other inferior raffia grades.
Our raffia plants are supple and pliant. They hold and maintain their original shape, longevity and style for years to come.
Superior sun radiation protection UPF50+
Ultraviolet Protection Factor or UPF measures the amount of protection provided from both UVB and UVA rays. A hat with a UPF 50+ rating blocks 97.5% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. UPF 50+ is globally recognised as the highest rating standard available.
We continue to grow the range of UPF 50+ protection and water resistant hats in our collections and now supply all Cancer Council stores across Australia with own branding range of fashionable hats rated by Arpansa for UPF50+. Please visit our online store for latest products with water resistance and/or UPF 50+ rating.
Hand weaving & blocking
Hat weaving is a family tradition that begins at an early age and has been passed from generation to generation for over 400 years. Before starting the weaving, strands are selected from local areas according to the whitening, dimension and fineness of the fibres.
To start, the centre of the crown is created using just a few fibres, then more straws are added to form the crown, hat body (using a wooden form to shape it) and brim. To finish the hand weave, special interweaving is made to the edge of the brim.
The quantity of fronds used to produce a hat determines its quality. The finer the strands and larger numbers used, determines the final quality of the hat.
The final process includes: tightening and trimming excess fibres from the brim edge. Washing, dying, drying and ironing to produce smooth fibres and finally the sewing of an internal external sweatband and the fitting of any internal reinforcement, if required.
Traditionally the final blocking and shaping of the hats has been achieved using a hot solid iron and a damp cloth over a selected block. Most hats on the market today are shaped using conventional hat blocking machines, which ensures uniformity.