Steve Delk. Photo courtesy of
J.D. Schwalm for The Clarion-Ledger.
Adventurebilt Hat Company was chosen to make the famous and
iconic brown fedora for Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We also made Harrison's gray fedora as
seen in this new film.
We worked directly for Mr. Bernie Pollack, Harrison Ford's personal
costume designer. Bernie was given the task of recreating the iconic
costume, 19 years after the last Indy film.
Many of the original suppliers were long gone, most having retired.
This included Richard Swales, the man who supplied the earlier film
hats of the Indy series.
We worked closely with Bernie, presenting him with various Indy
fedoras with various crown heights, brim widths and creases. He
narrowed it down to what he thought looked good on Ford. A filmed
costume test was done, our hat was chosen, and we were given an
order for 36 hats. We made 11 specifically for Harrison(9 brown ones
and two gray). The rest of the order were for Harrison's stunt
doubles. We used the highest quality felt, made from Canadian beaver
fur, and the hats were so durable that Bernie told me he had enough
left to make another film. We always thought Indy should be wearing
a tough hat, and we were allowed to finally put him in one. The
wooden blocks used to create the hat were created by me, and
replicated in the various sizes by Richard Lamode, a fine blockmaker
from Mn. What we made for the new film is definitely a one of a kind
fedora. Very 1930ish in appearance. Tall crown, wide brim, with the
original ribbon used on the Raiders fedora.
Marc Kitter. Photo courtesy of Isabell Kitter.
I say "we" because Adventurebilt Hat Co is comprised of two guys.
There is me, Steve Delk, the founder of the Adventurebilt Hat Co.
and then there is my friend and partner Marc Kitter of Adventurebilt
Europe. I asked Marc to join me a few years ago because we both
shared a passion for the Raiders fedora, and his attention to detail
was as important to him as it was to myself. He joined me in the
quest of recreating the Raiders fedora, as at that time, it was
impossible to find this hat from other hatters. The block used to
create that hat was lost to time. We spent a few years
learning how to hand make hats, just for ourselves, and later
offered them for sale a little above cost to the numerous really
picky Indy fedora fans. It was our hobby, not a business. The call
we got from Bernie changed all of that.
Overnight we went from hobby hatters catering to a very small group
of astute fans, to professional hatters, recognized by other
hatters. And for that we have to thank Peter Botwright of Wested
Leather. He is the guy responsible for making most of the other film
jackets. It was Peter who received a call from Bernie in regards to
making the new Indy jacket, and Peter referred Bernie to
Adventurebilt, largely due to the good name we had among the die
hard Indy fans. And of Peter's friendship with Marc. So thanks
Peter for thinking of us
We want to publicly thank Bernie Pollack for being such a great
guy, and for entrusting this iconic brown fedora to us. This hat was
much more than just a hat to Marc and I. It was our life, and our
passion. And thank you so much Bernie for allowing us to be a small
part of the Indiana Jones film history. You are the
Steve Delk and Marc Kitter.
A NOTE TO POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS
Adventurebilt hats are handmade. Just like the hats made by the
master hatters in the small hat shops of the early 20th century.
This is the kind of fedora that we made for Indiana Jones and
the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Handmade hats are therefore
not massed produced, and involve a "wait" once you place your
order. You will generally wait for several months on one of our
hats, just like Bernie Pollack, Harrison Ford's personal costume
designer had to wait on the 38 hats we provided him for Harrison
and his stunt doubles. But what impressed Mr. Pollack will
probably impress you as well, and we feel our fedoras are well
worth the wait, as do hundreds of our customers.
We understand that the wait time and price of our handmade
fedoras may not be your cup of tea. Therefore we have available
now for sale, a factory made version of the handmade fedora. The
price is much less, and the wait time if minimal. I think this
new factory Adventurebilt fedora will set the standard in the
future for factory made hats. We were very detail oriented when
developing this hat with one of the finest hat factories in the
You may order, or enquire of this hat using the link on my order
page, under "Adventurebilt Factory Made Fedora" that we call The
Henry. My partner and friend Marc Kitter will be happy to assist
you, and answer any questions you have.